Winter Fruit and Quinoa Parfait with Spiced Cider Maple Syrup

By Becca LB
August 26, 2013
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Author Notes: This hearty, cozy, earthy parfait uses some of the most gorgeous winter produce to create a simple yet gourmet-style breakfast or brunch addition. Feel free to add or substitute other seasonal produce as you see fit! Becca LB

Serves: 2

Ingredients

Parfait Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa)
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 medium fruit)
  • 1 Fuyu persimmon, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup cooked butternut squash, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, apricots, or raisins
  • handfuls toasted almonds or pecans to top

Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions

  1. To make the syrup, combine cider and maple in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil until the mixture has reduced to a syrup-y consistency. Note: you’ll have syrup left over.
  2. Assemble the parfaits in short, wide glasses by alternating layers of squash, persimmon, pomegranate, cranberries, and quinoa. (You can also simply toss everything into a bowl as a salad). Drizzle with syrup to taste.

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