The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.
Thomas Love Peacock
Could it be described more beautifully? Can’t you almost taste the sun as the sweet and tart grapes burst with juice in your mouth!
My husband and I are almost addicted to grapes this season. They make a delightful and healthy snack while watching tv shows. It sounds almost sinful to try to improve on something already so delicious and perfect but I recently discovered that roasting grapes lightly brings out the sweetness in them.
I was actually foraging the fridge for some fruits to add to my breakfast parfait and wanted to keep it processed sugar free. Usually I add pears, apples, bananas and berries but that particular morning I had none of those ( a rare occurance because my husband can’t resist buying fruits in bulk).
I had grapes – both the tart green ones and sweeter red ones. I imagined the sweet and sour combo would taste nice with cool and creamy yogurt. But I wanted to add more layers of flavour and texture to make my parfait a complete and satisfying breakfast experience. Suddenly everything fell in place as I imagined early autumn in a glass – ginger, crispy oats and almonds. All warm and toasty contrasting flavours.
The Roasted Grapes, oats and almonds breakfast parfait emerged as a delicious but healthy indulgence. The irresistable welcoming aroma made my husband rush to the kitchen as soon as he returned home from gym. We dont mind eating it for after dinner dessert either!
2 cups Greek or thick yogurt
2 cups mixed green and red grapes
6 tablespoons quick cooking oats
10-12 almonds, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
This Is what You Do:
Add olive oil to a frying pan. Add grapes and ginger. Roast on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or till the grapes look lightely caramelized and ginger releases its aroma.
Remove roasted grapes from pan and set aside.
Add quick cooking oats and crushed almonds to the same pan. Roast on medium low heat for 3-4 minutes or till the oats are crispy and golden. Keep stirring carefully so that they don’t burn.
To layer the parfait, add roasted grapes to the bottom of two beer glasses or goblets. Then layer with yogurt.
Add a generous helping of oats and almonds. Then one more layer of yogurt, topped with grapes and mixed oats ‘n’ almonds.
Refrigerate to chill.
If there are any leftover roasted grapes, oats and almonds, you can save them for next day or serve them on the side.