Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait. Photo credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Yogurt Parfait

Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt (yoghurt) is an ancient food that has been a part of the human diet for hundreds of years. Once called the food of the gods, yogurt is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia, when nomads, who stored milk in animal skins, found that the milk that they had stored for later refreshment had fermented, thus producing yogurt. Modern-day yogurt is far removed from that first incarnation of fermented delight, and most would argue that much of what you find on grocery store shelves is a far cry from the healthful, full-bodied version of yogurt that you can find in other countries. In fact, when I think of yogurt, I don’t usually think of it as food of the gods. It’s usually a sort of lackluster breakfast food that I get when sausage or pancakes seem too heavy. That changed when, last summer, I had an amazing yogurt parfait from Savannah Coffee Roasters in Savannah, GA. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I ordered the fresh fruit bowl with the option of adding honey, homemade granola, and Greek yogurt. Savannah Coffee Roasters claim to fame is that it is a coffee shop that offers freshly roasted coffee, but even though they go the extra mile for their coffee, I wasn’t expecting the food, a limited menu of bakery items as well as the yogurt, to be all that great. Therefore, I was beyond surprised when a large pot of yogurt topped with fresh fruit, homemade granola,  local Savannah honey, and possessed of the appearance of food you could offer up to the gods, was placed before me. I wasn’t just surprised, however, I was tantalized and very happy to dig in.  Talk about delicious. I would have to say that it was the best yogurt parfait I’ve ever had, and there have been many mornings where I’ve longed for just a taste of that rich, complex flavor that was part of the flavor of the yogurt itself. I couldn’t resist. I had to try to recreate the dish myself. So, this is my attempt at a recipe for the Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait

As summer winds its way to an end, I can think of no better last-minute summer treat than a cool, refreshing yogurt parfait, so here is my attempt at a recreation.

Always Uttori Recreates Savannah Coffee Roasters’ Yogurt Parfait

This recipe is not for the time-pressed. It requires lots of steps, and some of those steps, such as making the yogurt, require a fermentation period. Making yogurt is actually pretty easy. I’ve been making my own (on and off) for a few years, though I admit that it’s sometimes just easier to buy it; but if you have 30 minutes prep time and about 12 hours fermentation time, you, too, can enjoy fresh, homemade yogurt. Paired with homemade granola, and a generous drizzle of honey, there isn’t a better start to the day.

Almost Savannah’s Coffee Roasters: The Yogurt
Yogurt Starter. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Yogurt Starter
Milk Mixture. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Yogurt mixed with heated milk
Heated Milk.Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Heated Milk

 

Finished Yogurt. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Finished Yogurt

 

4 cups milk

3 TBSP yogurt with live cultures, or dried yogurt starter]

1 TBSP pure vanilla extract

Make yogurt

In a heavy saucepan, heat milk until it reaches 180-degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and let cool to  a temperature of 110-degrees.

In a separate bowl place yogurt. Stir in the vanilla. Once the milk mixture has reached 110-degrees, Add ¼ cup of the milk to the yogurt and mix until smooth. Add the yogurt milk mixture to the rest of the milk and stir to combine.

Pour the yogurt into either a large container with a lid or smaller size containers. If you have a yogurt maker, follow the manufacturer instructions, letting the mixture sit for 6 to 12 hours. If you don’t have a yogurt maker, keep the yogurt in a warm space, like the oven, making sure the temperature remains between 100 and 105 degrees. allow the mixture to sit for 8 to 12 hours. The more time the mixture sits, the more tart the yogurt will be.

After the yogurt has thickened, let it chill in the fridge until cold. To thicken even more, place a cheesecloth over a Pyrex bowl. Put the yogurt in a cheesecloth, place in the refrigerator, and allow the whey to drain to your desired thickness.

Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters: The Granola
Granola Ingredients. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Granola Ingredients

 

Brown Sugar Syrup. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Brown Sugar Syrup
Granola Mixture. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Granola Mixture
Granola Bar. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Baked Granola
Granola. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Granola

This recipe is a calorie bomb, but it’s sooo tasty.

2 cups rolled oats

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup walnuts

1 cup cashews

½ cup pecans

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup honey

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Make Granola

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. You may choose to finely or roughly chop the nuts. Add the 1/3 c of vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well. In a small saucepan mix brown sugar and honey until the sugar has melted and the mixture has just begun to form bubbles around the edges. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour the sugar syrup over the oats and nut mixture and stir to coat well. Pour onto parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown, stirring a few times throughout . Let cool, and then break into large chunks. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters: Honey Yogurt Parfait

Whew! Getting through all of the steps to make the yogurt parfait was time-consuming, but hopefully, you will find that all of the effort was well worth it.  It’s time to make your parfait, the easiest part of this whole process.

make parfait
Yogurt Parfait. Photo Credit: Always Uttori. Almost Savannah Coffee Roasters Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait. Alwaysuttori.com
Yogurt Parfait

In a small bowl spoon the homemade (or store-bought) yogurt until the bowl is half full. Drizzle a little honey and add a spoonful of granola. Fill the rest of the bowl up with yogurt and top with more granola and a generous drizzle of honey. You can also add the fruit of your choice. Enjoy!