Holiday Entertaining

Roasted Pears Meet Apple Cider and Cardamom, The Brunch Crowd Goes Wild

November 22, 2016

Cookbook author Yossy Arefi keeps things simple when hosting during the holidays, so we partnered with siggi's to share a few recipes for her go-to brunch treats when things get hectic.

As the weather in NYC turns from cool and crisp to cold and unforgiving, we all have a tendency to hibernate a bit. But it's still so important to me to gather with friends around the table, even if everyone has to put on their snow boots to make it over.

Brunch is my very favorite meal to host—the vibe is relaxed and casual as everyone slowly wakes up together over warm cups of coffee and a simple, comforting meal, and the food doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy for people to enjoy themselves. Morning is also my favorite time to be in the kitchen, especially around the holidays. I find the quiet calm of a new day to be so peaceful, and I love getting my day started by filling my home with the sweet and spicy smells of holiday baking.

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The market starts to get a bit sparse this time of year, but there is a lot that can be done with apples, cranberries, and pears. Apples get a lot of love, but pears hold up extremely well to cooking and have wonderfully nuanced flavors when they are in season. A simple way to dress them up for company is to roast them until soft and caramelized at the edges.

This recipe adds an apple cider marinade into the mix, made with warm, aromatic cardamom and vanilla, for a super special, but easy to pull together, treat. (The marinade has just enough natural sugar, so you need very little additional sweetener.) They are perfect on their own or with a bit of yogurt and granola, and will keep for about a week in the fridge. Just don't forget to warm them up a bit before serving for maximum enjoyment!

When it comes to their traditional Icelandic yogurt, siggi's keeps things simple—just like Yossy does when she's hosting a cozy holiday brunch. See all their flavors here.

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Yossy Arefi is a photographer and stylist with a passion for food. During her stint working in restaurant kitchens, Yossy started the blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. where, with her trusty Pentax film camera, she photographs and writes about seasonal desserts and preserves. She currently lives in Brooklyn but will always love her native city of Seattle. Follow her work at &


Sophia B. November 23, 2016
I'm assuming this is not hard cider? In the UK cider is alcoholic - could you please specify? Looks delish by the way!
Kim November 22, 2016
Am I missing something? How much cardamom?