Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homemade Yogurt Parfaits

It's official. I'm finally a true Brooklynite. This past Saturday I participated in my first flea market, vending homemade yogurt parfaits. And if that's not enough, I even took part in a vendor trade. Yup. I traded one of my delicious, handcrafted parfaits for a beautiful handmade journal. Doesn't get anymore Brooklyn than that. 

I spent all last week getting ready for the Onderdonk House Flea Market; shopping around for ingredients and supplies, making test batches, crafting up my own signage and business cards, and in the final minutes pulling together 2.5 gallons of yogurt, 30+ cups of granola, and over 10 pounds of roasted rhubarb compote and candied kumquats. I couldn't have done it without the help of my roommates. Like, not physically possible. That same Saturday morning I had to bake at Saltie at 6am. So while I was rushing to bake off the bread for the day and fill the pastry case at Saltie, the guys would be setting up the Shantilly Picnic table at the flea market AND selling parfaits without me. Luckily I was able to finish up early and was on the L train by Noon.

So why all the hubbub for these parfaits?? Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait"? Parfaits are delicious. -- Donkey

Photo by Sandra van Beek
HUGE thanks to my flea-workin, parfait-lovin, Italian-Tarrytowner trio. These guys rule. 

The best three roommates a girl could ask for

Happy customers

Handcrafted business cards
Shantilly Picnic cookies
Fruit combo
Big thanks to Chelsea (bottom left) for producing the Flea
Photo by Sandra van Beek

Hope you enjoyed my little photo recap. It was a good day. Got some sun, listened to some music, met some great people, and sold out of everything by the end of the day. The 50 cookies I baked off as a last minute addition were the first to go. Here's a little look inside the making of the parfaits. Ooooooh..... I made the yogurt using an heirloom yogurt starter I got from Saltie and some of the best milk I've ever tasted- Itacha Milk Co (organic, whole, cream on top, made me fall in love all over again with, milk). Making yogurt at home it very easy and I recommend all yogurt-lovers to do it. The only tricky part is keeping your temperatures just right. 

On to the next layer, the granola! You all know how much I love my granola. This time I wanted to make a relatively simple batch that would balance the tangy yogurt and sweet fruit toppings. I immediately thought cardamom, since it's my all-time favorite spice. And I had been wanting to try my hand at popping amaranth seed so this was my chance. Cardamom Amaranth Granola. From there it was just a matter of coming up with the complimentary ingredients. I final recipe included organic rolled oats, sliced almonds, popped amaranth seed, sesame seeds, fresh ground cardamom, sea salt, shredded coconut, lots of lemon zest, olive oil, honey, brown sugar,  and a bit of vanilla and almond extract. One of my favorite batches to date. 

For the fruit filling, I knew I wanted to do candied kumquats after candying a small batch a week earlier and putting them on/in everything I could possibly think of. I'm telling you, I put them on pancakes, on yogurt, on ice cream, in whiskey, it didn't stop.. I'm crazy for kumquats and it could be because they remind me so much of home. Growing up, we had a kumquat tree in our front yard and I don't remember it ever being without fruit. Some of my favorite family photos were taken in front of the kumquat tree. I have this one picture permanently ingrained in my memory of my brother Jaime, as a little boy, with his cheeks full of kumquats. So yeah, they're special to me. 

Photo by Shantilly Picnic

The most time intensive part of the candying process was quartering all 5 pounds of them.. Thankfully, Steve-o jumped in and cut the time in half!

Photo by Shantilly Picnic
Photo by Shantilly Picnic
Photo by Shantilly Picnic

Since I can't expect everyone to share in my love of mouth-puckering, sour-bitter-sweet kumquats, I wanted to have two fruit options for the parfait. And since we're just starting to get rhubarb this season, that was it. Simple, delicious, roasted rhubarb compote. I knew my fellow Brooklynites would flip for some of the first rhubarb of the season.

Photo by Shantilly Picnic
Photo by Shantilly Picnic
Photo by Shantilly Picnic

So there you have it. My first flea market. I would do it again in a second. And rumor has it that I might be able to..... 


  1. i love the way the business cards came out! the papers and colors you chose are rad and making them yourself is do much better than sending them away to get printed!

    1. Thanks L :)
      I looked into letterpress, which would have been beautiful! But it was just too pricey for where I'm at right now. Someday!

  2. I Like! Many thanks to Manny, Mo ,and Steve! ♡