Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry Compote Parfaits

Cranberry Compote Parfait 

 Hopefully as you read this post I have my beautiful baby in my arms. It has been a long wait just to be able to wait for her arrival. I am writing this post a week in advance because I did not quite know how much time I would have to blog so thank you for reading and visiting!



I decided to participate in November’s Secret Recipe Club because I thought for some crazy reason I might have had my baby by the due date but seeing  that I am 10 days late as of 11/1/2011 here I am blogging in advance.


This month I was assigned a cute and wonderful blog called Thru The Bugs On My Windshield. It truly has a unique blog title and I wondered why it had such a cute title. Apparently the author travels a lot especially in a car and most photos are taken from inside the car or at an instant, these sometimes including bug splats. Funny! I am happy to report that she is also from Texas! Hello! I am from Houston so hopefully we lots in common besides blogging, cooking, and photography.


The author has MANY wonderful recipes on her site but the most exciting recipe I wanted to try was her recipe for cranberry compote. Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner so I am always looking for new recipes to include in my menu plan. Cranberry sauce is probably one of my favorite sides to go with all the trimmings so I knew I wanted to try this cranberry compote.


I halved the recipe because I wanted to make sure I did not have too much on hand. As this recipe cooked on the stove, the house smelled WONDERFUL! This compote has great spices and I was really longing for Thanksgiving. It made for a cozy morning.


So while this recipe would be PERFECT for the holidays as a side, I decided to use my compote in a parfait. I took Grape Nuts cereal and So Delicious Plain Yogurt and alternated layers in a parfait glass. It made for a great breakfast ya’ll! It would also make for a great snack or dessert. It is not too sweet and it is perfectly tangy.


Check out Thru The Bugs On My Windshield because there are many more wonderful recipes to try.

Cranberry Compote Parfait 
Cranberry Compote Parfaits

adapted from original recipe

makes 4 parfaits

1 bag fresh Cranberries, rinsed and drained
1 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 Cinnamon Sticks
3/4 cup Water
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
Zest of one Orange
Juice of one Lemon
Zest of one Lemon
3/4 cup rough-chopped Pecans (optional)
Grape Nuts cereal
Two 6-ounce containers plain or vanilla So Delicious Greek-style yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil and continue to boil over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon sticks. Let cool and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Take 4 parfait glasses and layer each glass with compote, cereal, and yogurt. Enjoy!
  • http://www.glutenfreewithjudee.blogspot.com/ judee @ Gluten Free A-Z

    All I can say is amazing! Love the recipe and your blog. Congratulations on your new baby girl.

  • http://groundcherry.wordpress.com/ groundcherry

    What a great way to use cranberries! I’m not a fan of yogurt, but perhaps in an ice cream parfait instead…?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09166481721897791380 Si

    I love cranberries and yogurt, this looks like a great recipe, thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14250967601471077911 Cookaholic Wife

    Looks delicious! I’m always looking for new recipes to use cranberries.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02632507779742615043 Lisa~~

    Gorgeous!! Hope that you are with your baby in your arms right now enjoying motherhood.

    When you have time and with a baby it’s always a big “IF”, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  • http://www.edesiasnotebook.com/ Lesa @Edesia’s Notebook

    Looks amazing, Noelle! I hope you are enjoying snuggling with your precious baby girl right now!

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com/ Nutmeg Nanny

    This parfait looks delicious! It’s a perfect fall or Thanksgiving dessert…yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04021191690448319166 Carolyn

    Oh, I hope you DO have your baby in your arms now. Waiting is the hardest! I can’t believe you took on the SRC for November, and such a great job too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16368043148836935624 Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]

    Can’t believe you’re blogging so near to delivery. That’s amazing. This parfait looks gorgeous. Great pick :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09287787218950604688 Sara

    What a great parfait – so perfect for the holidays! :-D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    That looks gorgeous and sounds so delicious! A brand new momma, and you’re still blogging! You’re amazing, Noelle!

  • http://www.yourvegangirlfriend.com/ Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend)

    Yummmm! This is beyond perfect for Thanksgiving. Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12371458068011998525 Tina

    Oh-love the colorful layers here. In reading the ingredients, I would say the grape nut cereal would be the best way to keep this treat super crunchy. It is a delicious blend of layers as well as wonderful textures. Well done.

  • http://teaandscones.wordpress.com/ teaandscones

    She does have some great recipes, doesn’t she. I read it often. And now I will come back and read this one often. That parfait is so colorful. How perfect for the upcoming holidays.

  • http://cakeballscookiesandmore.blogspot.com/ sue

    that looks so good, I never really thought of cranberries as a dessert, always a side dish

  • http://www.thruthebugsonmywindshield.wordpress.com/ Suzanne

    Thanks so much, Noelle (LOVE your name) for all the kind words about my blog and recipes. This is my go-to cranberry recipe for Thanksgiving and for Christmas, but I had never thought about a parfait! Absolutely brilliant! Congratulations on the new baby! Hello from Southlake to Houston!

  • http://laurarees.wordpress.com/ laurarees

    Looks like a perfect fall breakfast treat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03814360396897839625 Lisa

    Gorgeous to the max!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14702033029053749653 Baker Street

    Congratulations on your new baby girl! the parfait looks delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11068638453383917637 Shelby

    Love your parfait, it looks delicious and perfect for the season! Congrats on the birth of you baby girl!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03443935521811548759 Medeja

    I love Crrrranberries :) Even colours looks great together :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16805285232250953125 Ruchi M

    Looks gorgeous! Best of luck for the baby!

  • http://www.hezzi-dsbooksandcooks.blogspot.com/ Hezzi-D

    I love parfaits. Having the warm flavors of cranberries and cinnamon make it perfect for winter time!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11999942412888237631 EverydayTastiness

    looks tasty!

    and good luck!

  • http://sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com/ sophiesfoodiefiles

    MMMMMMM,…what a delectable & appetizing breakfast! I so much love fresh cranberries!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07716723383956962686 blkenigma888

    OOO YUM!
    Come bring this to A Themed Baker’s Sunday over at Cupcake Apothecary where the theme this week is BERRIES!
    See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/11/themed-bakers-sunday-15.html