Each year, as the snow begins to melt and the ground begins to thaw, we turn our thoughts to the American Spoon Café and begin refining the menu. These days, Chef Chris Dettmer divides his time between new product development and menu development, and his latest creation is this lovely jam, granola and yogurt parfait.
It starts with our terrific homemade granola, sweetened with Michigan Maple Syrup and studded with Dried Red Tart Cherries. It’s rich and hefty and wholesome — just the way granola should be — and it’s a delicious snack all by itself.
For breakfast, we layer this granola with our intensely fruity preserves or Fruit Perfect and a generous scoop of thick Greek yogurt. The resulting parfait, served in a jar, is not only pretty but eminently edible. The sweet fruitiness of the preserves and the warm maple notes of the toasted granola contrast beautifully with the creamy tang of the yogurt. It’s rich and filling but not heavy, sweet but not cloying, creamy but not fatty — in short: it’s perfect. You’ll be seeing a lot of this parfait at the Café this summer, but in the meantime, perfection is as close as your own kitchen. Bake up a batch of granola, open a container of yogurt, dip into a jar of preserves, and daydream about a warm, sunny spot next to the grassy greenness of Petoskey’s beloved Pennsylvania Park.
Jam, Granola & Yogurt Parfait
For the Granola:
(makes about 10 ¾-cup servings)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup rolled barley
1 cup pepitas
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened coconut
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup Michigan Maple Syrup Add to Cart
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup American Spoon® Dried Red Tart Cherries Add to Cart
¼ cup American Spoon® Dried Cranberries Add to Cart
Heat oven to 275°F. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except dried fruit. Spread evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes, until granola is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container.
For the Parfait:
Spoon 2 Tbsp. preserves into the bottom of a 12 oz. jar or cereal bowl. Sprinkle half the granola over preserves and top with yogurt. Spoon remaining 2 Tbsp. preserves over yogurt and top with remaining granola to serve.