I decided to participate in November's Secret Recipe Club because I thought for some crazy reason I might have had my baby by the due date but seeing that I am 10 days late as of 11/1/2011 here I am blogging in advance.
This month I was assigned a cute and wonderful blog called Thru The Bugs On My Windshield. It truly has a unique blog title and I wondered why it had such a cute title. Apparently the author travels a lot especially in a car and most photos are taken from inside the car or at an instant, these sometimes including bug splats. Funny! I am happy to report that she is also from Texas! Hello! I am from Houston so hopefully we lots in common besides blogging, cooking, and photography.
The author has MANY wonderful recipes on her site but the most exciting recipe I wanted to try was her recipe for cranberry compote. Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner so I am always looking for new recipes to include in my menu plan. Cranberry sauce is probably one of my favorite sides to go with all the trimmings so I knew I wanted to try this cranberry compote.
I halved the recipe because I wanted to make sure I did not have too much on hand. As this recipe cooked on the stove, the house smelled WONDERFUL! This compote has great spices and I was really longing for Thanksgiving. It made for a cozy morning.
So while this recipe would be PERFECT for the holidays as a side, I decided to use my compote in a parfait. I took Grape Nuts cereal and So Delicious Plain Yogurt and alternated layers in a parfait glass. It made for a great breakfast ya'll! It would also make for a great snack or dessert. It is not too sweet and it is perfectly tangy.
Check out Thru The Bugs On My Windshield because there are many more wonderful recipes to try.
Cranberry Compote Parfaits
adapted from original recipe
makes 4 parfaits
1 bag fresh Cranberries, rinsed and drained
1 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 Cinnamon Sticks
3/4 cup Water
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
Zest of one Orange
Juice of one Lemon
Zest of one Lemon
3/4 cup rough-chopped Pecans (optional)
Grape Nuts cereal
Two 6-ounce containers plain or vanilla So Delicious Greek-style yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil and continue to boil over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon sticks. Let cool and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
Take 4 parfait glasses and layer each glass with compote, cereal, and yogurt. Enjoy!