Applesauce Parfait with Cinnamon Breadcrumbs

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Author Notes: This breakfast parfait (ugh, I hate calling it a parfait because it makes me think of all the super commercial yogurt parfaits from fast food chains out there, but oh well) is based off a Norwegian dessert whose name translates as veiled farmgirls. The dessert version uses whipped cream, which I've simply replaced with yogurt to turn it into breakfast.fiveandspice

Serves 4


  • 3 pounds cooking apples, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (plus more sugar - brown or white - to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan covered with a lid. Bring to a boil, then turn to low and simmer until the apples are completely soft, about 20 minutes. Taste and add more sugar, if desired.
  2. Remove from the heat, fish out the cinnamon stick and then mash well with a potato masher or a fork. Allow to cool before serving in the parfaits.

Applesauce parfaits

  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Homemade applesauce (above)
  • 3 cups plain or vanilla or honey-sweetened yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts
  1. In a nonstick skillet, stir together the breadcrumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and butter and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the crumbs are toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. In 4 bowls or large glasses, make layers of applesauce, breadcrumbs, and yogurt. Top each serving with a scattering of toasted hazelnuts and serve.
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about 1 year ago mommychef

This was so good! I went half and half with whipped cream and yogurt and turned it into dessert. It was also an ideal cooking project for my 4 year old...kept him busy the better part of the afternoon and I've never seen anything served with so much pride!


12 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Awesome! And I'm so glad it was a fun project for your 4-year old! I'm excited for my little guy to be big enough to help cook. :)


about 1 year ago Cookingly Yours

mmmmm.... sounds fantastic!


about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.



about 1 year ago Sandra

What amazing timing! I just got some winter bananas ( my fave variety of apple for cooking & pies) and milk is in the yogurt maker as I type. You suppose the cinnamon bread crumbs could be made ahead and stored in the fridge, yes?


about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

The cinnamon breadcrumbs can definitely be made ahead. They should keep at least a week, if not longer, in the fridge.