My parents started a tradition when I was younger of having family breakfasts on Saturday. Most of the week, we each ate our cereals in-between waiting for our shower slot and then we would rush off to school. On Saturdays, my parents would make a big hot breakfast of pancakes or waffles or biscuits and gravy, and we would eat breakfast as a family and talk about our week. It was really nice because 1) Cheerios have nothing on bacon when it comes to breakfast food and 2) it was a special time I got to spend with my family.
I want to keep that tradition alive in my own family, and though my husband and I don’t have kids yet, I’ve really enjoyed a set breakfast time we can enjoy together. Most days, we’re getting up at different times because my husband works earlier than I do, so we usually don’t get to eat breakfast together. But on Saturdays, we’re able to enjoy a hot breakfast with each other.
But, as a new family tradition, we’ve started to grill our Saturday breakfasts. There’s a ton of delicious grilled fruit recipes on the internet, so there’s a bunch of varieties to choose from. Here is one of my favorites:
Grilled Pear Parfait
- 5 large pears
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
- quart of vanilla or plain yogurt
Core and cut the pears into thick slices. In a saucepan, line the pear slices at the bottom, and melt butter with the pears on low heat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in the pan until the pears are generously coated. Then, place the pears on a grill on medium heat and cook for 3 or 4 minutes on each side or until tender. Take the pears off the grill, and put however many desired into individual bowl filled with yogurt and top with pears. Sprinkle with granola and drizzle left over butter mix on top. You can also do this with a bowl of cottage cheese if you desire.
The best part of waking up? Hot pear parfait for breakfast . . . yup!
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