Two Penny Parfaits!

What's a great food that's elegant, flavorful, easy to make, and fit for a crowd? Fruit and yogurt parfaits of course!

Ever since I learned how to make my own yogurt, I've been obsessed with recipes that use it. Marinades, salad dressings, smoothies - you name it, I've attempted it. Homemade yogurt is astonishingly simple to make and frankly, is much better for you. One glance at a store-bought label will confirm it. And that fancy Greek style yogurt you see on the shelves? It's easily achieved by simply draining the water out of regular yogurt. How to make it you ask? Here's the recipe:

  • 3 cups of milk (any kind will do. I use skim or 1%, but you can go hog wild with whole if you'd like)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of regular yogurt (this acts as the starter for your batch, and going forward you can just use your own as the starter)
  • A microwave safe container
1) Microwave the milk until it is just below boiling, about 4-6 minutes.
2) Remove from the microwave and let it cool on the counter, about 30 minutes.
3) Add the yogurt and stir gently (GENTLY!) to combine.
4) Cover the container and place in an oven with its light on overnight.
5) The next day you should have yogurt! I usually strain out any water that has come to the top before refrigerating it, but you don't have to.
Note: For Greek-style yogurt, strain the water out of the yogurt by placing it in a coffee filter lined colander.

Parfaits (makes 24 small cups)

  • Your homemade yogurt
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, thinly sliced and the remaining sliced in half
  • 3 bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup granola (optional)
  • -small parfait cups (I bought 5 oz. plastic wine glasses from the party supply store, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
From the bottom up, here are the parfait layers:
  1. 1 banana slice
  2. 2 blueberries
  3. 1/2 teaspoon yogurt
  4. 1-2 slices strawberries
  5. 1 banana slice
  6. 4 blueberries
  7. 1 teaspoon yogurt
  8. 1 sprinkle of granola (optional)
  9. remaining blueberries 
  10. remaining bananas
  11. 1 teaspoon yogurt
  12. 1/2 strawberry, placed cut side up

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