Applesauce Parfait with Cinnamon Breadcrumbs

October 7, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

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

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
In This Recipe



  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. 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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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

diana L. November 13, 2014
do you think the breadcrumbs could be replaced by oats?
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fiveandspice November 14, 2014
Yes! I think that would be yummy. It would make it kind of like a Scottish cranachan!
mommychef October 20, 2013
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!
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fiveandspice October 23, 2013
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. :)
Cookingly Y. October 10, 2013
mmmmm.... sounds fantastic!
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fiveandspice October 13, 2013
Sandra October 10, 2013
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?
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fiveandspice October 13, 2013
The cinnamon breadcrumbs can definitely be made ahead. They should keep at least a week, if not longer, in the fridge.