I love autumn. It’s my favourite season. Wrapped up in snuggly clothes, but with sun still shining, I like tramping around in the parks with the dog prancing in front and eating soups & cake & pies & plums. Which brings me to my autumnal breakfast.
I eat yoghurt for breakfast every day, in the summer with peaches & strawberries, & in autumn with blackberries and plums and pomegranates if I can find them. I add rolled oats and various nuts & seeds. (I avoid granola, honey and dried fruits because of their high sugar content.)
It may seem, on first glance, like filler to write a recipe complete with method, for something as simple as a dish of yoghurt and fruit for breakfast but, if you make it properly layering it all up in a glass, rather than dumping it in a bowl – in five minutes, not three, then you have something truly delightful. As opposed to just all right.
If you are going to focus on eating healthily, it’s amazing how much more of a food event it can seem if you serve something that looks good. And, in this case, the presentation really does make it taste better. Here’s why:
Layering it all up allows the flavours to mingle. The yogurt softens the oats, so the texture is different (& they become easier to digest), and the plums start to leach their sticky, sweet juice into the yogurt. The pomegranates and the plums are a perfect combo: the sweet ooze of the plums contrasts perfectly with the slightly puckery crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Of course if you are reading this in England you’re going to be wondering what I have done with the yummy frozen ice-cream-y pud. That’s because in America a layered yoghurt & fruit dessert is known as a parfait. (And, for that matter, pudding in the US is a gloopy creamy cold dessert, not a generic name for dessert as it is in England.)
Pick a pretty glass – it’s easy to make too much, so choose something small. Put in a layer of yoghurt, followed by oats & seeds, more yoghurt, then pomegranate seeds, making sure you get them close to the sides so you can see them in the layers. Add more yogurt, and then top with thinly sliced and chopped plums. Victorias in an ideal world.
Leave for 5-10 minutes if you can to let the flavours mingle. I’m going to add here that the boys I am staying with wanted more sweetness, and asked for a drizzle of honey. Your call.