Cherry Balsamic Summer Parfait

by Kiran on July 16, 2012 · 26 comments

in Desserts

A few weeks ago, I received a call from Mom. A call that left me baffled.

Just days before a visit from my sister and her family, my mom begins pestering me about nudging my sister to accept yogurt in her life.

Can you get her to eat yogurt? It’s good for her, but she just don’t like eating it.


First and foremost, how do I coax an adult to change her eating habits? Isn’t it a little too late now? Furthermore, she is my elder sister. The possibilities of rainbow changing colors are higher in comparison to my sister’s hatred towards yogurt.

Why bother wasting time, no?

Props to my little nephew who loves his daily dose of yogurt. I know, it’s mind boggling! So proud of him 🙂 I guess parents can try learning a little or two from their children.

*cough* *cough*

We are already missing this cute face way too much. At a tender age of 2, this guy has a lot of opinion, a total goofball with levels of energy that is almost unfathomable.

And who wouldn’t want to cuddle this cheeky monkey?

Being chased by him and coax into playing almost felt like a good torture. We were always left huffing and puffing for breath. Love him so much 🙂

Alright sister. In an effort not to make you guys feel unwanted, we do miss the times we got to spend together. It sucks living so far apart, but I know we’ll see each other soon.

Meantime, give the bunny a hug from us two 🙂

Dare I entice you with a bowl of parfait? No? Never?

Well…. why bother. I’ve given up a loooooong time ago.

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  • 2 cups of pitted cherries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 heaping tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pint non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • granola and chopped pistachios for topping


  1. Heat saucepan on medium, add cherries and water.
  2. Stir and mash some cherries. Simmer until concoction resembles a compote consistency.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve it in a bowl to cool completely.
  4. Stir lemon zest and almond extract into yogurt.
  5. To serve, layer a fancy glass with some yogurt, granola and top it with cherry balsamic compote with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios.

Grab a spoon and gobble it up!


Top your morning bagels, pancakes, toasts, oatmeal or even ice cream with this cherry balsamic compote. Even stir it into your favorite cake, muffin or cupcake recipe.

Versatility at its best!

Off to dream up a few more cherry recipes. After all, it’s the season.

Do you have a love or hate relationship with yogurt?


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1 Rosa July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

So pretty and tempting! A fabulous summer dessert.



2 Prerna@IndianSimmer July 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

What an adorable little man! Reading about him felt like I am reading my little munchkin 🙂
Love your cherry compote recipe. I can add balsamic vinegar to EVERYTHING. Will be trying this recipe if not with cherry (since you might know I have jars full of cherry chutney!) but maybe with some other stone fruit. Plum sounds like a promising option 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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3 Margarita July 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Your nephew looks so adorable! I love anything yogurt parfait and would gladly choose it over ice cream any time! This combination sounds so delicious… I made cherry clafoutis a few weeks ago and had the most pleasurable time cooking cherries. The smell is heaven!
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4 Kitchen Belleicious July 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

it might just be too pretty to eat! Might be i said, it wouldn’t stop me. it looks delicious and so fresh, screams summer
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5 chinmayie @ love food eat July 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Yum! I really enjoy yogurt but mostly with rice (as a true south indian). Love the look of those gorgeous cherries one the yogurt!
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6 July 17, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Wow, how gorgeous are your photos. I was trying to study them, such simple style. I love yoghurt and couldn’t live without it. Sad that you cant see your family all the time. It is heart wrenching when they leave isn’t it?

7 Jeanette July 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

What a fantastic idea for a cherry compote – sounds perfect with the yogurt.
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8 Kankana July 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

He is adorable 🙂
I have a friend who hates yogurt so much so that if you add like a spoonful in a dish, she won’t eat that. I gave up looong back too!
I think I know what we will have for dessert today 😉
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9 Asmita July 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

This is such a pretty dessert!
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10 Kathryn July 18, 2012 at 5:26 AM

I can’t imagine my life without yogurt!
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11 Sunil Deepak July 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Such wonderful images, so tempting and beautiful
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12 Charles July 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I don’t think I’ve always loved yogurt… I found it very strange when I was younger but nowadays I don’t mind it. The thick, creamy stuff like greek yogurt is amazing. The low-fat stuff isn’t quite so hot in my books but I’ll still eat and enjoy it.

I love what you did here – looks really colourful and tasty!

13 Jenny @ BAKE July 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Cherry and balsamic vinegar sounds like an amazing combination! gorgeous photos!
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14 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings July 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Hi, I just discovered your blog through a Pinterest group board! I’m glad I came! Your photographs remind me so much of Aran’s Cannelle et Vanille – and I am a big fan!!! Your summer parfaits are just lovely. Even though I myself am not big on yogurts, when it’s this pretty, how can I not just wolf it down? Great job! Your nephew is so adorable, too! I am a mom of 3 (all under age 5), and I know all about “proud moments” in eating. Like how my kids drink more milk and eat more yogurt than I do…I’m more like your sister, but I’ll try anything when it’s presented beautifully like this!
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15 the wicked noodle July 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What a sophisticated treat!
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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Kiran these look fabulous. I love balsamic vinegar, and cherries! Both are awesome and paired up, even better!

17 Cass @foodmyfriend July 23, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Looking good! Really yummy. You have me craving sweets now!
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18 Feast on the Cheap July 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh goodness, this looks heavenly. I love the splash of balsamic. I’ve gotta give this a whirl! So much healthier than the chocolate fudge I drizzle on everything…
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19 J August 7, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I tried this beautiful, simple recipe last night and served parfait this morning for breakfast. Amazingly good! My boyfriend loves cherry and we both enjoyed it so much. Such a great mix of flavor. I didn’t use lemon zest because I’m lazy (haha) but otherwise followed recipe exactly and happened to have aged balsamic too. So great. Thank you!

20 J August 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Made this recipe once more, this time as NY style cheesecake topping.

So so so so good. Thanks again!

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