The post-exam phase never fails to be punctuated by several bleary-eyed mornings and deviating from my usual wake-up time by half an hour; the by-product of being huddled in front of the laptop - occasionally with dad - having late night movie sessions. As of this day, the Grand Budapest Hotel never fails to amaze (as does Wes Anderson), The Pianist leaves behind stark impressions, and High Rise is plain depressing.
Anyway, back to early mornings! Breakfast at home is always a must (I've spent too much of my childhood dropping crumbs left right and center in my mum's car), and most mornings, its a bowl of oatmeal or pancakes, if I've got some stocked up in the freezer. But recently, the weather has been atrociously hot, and contrary to what some believe, yes, there IS a limit to how much bircher muesli and chia puddings that one can consume.
This leaves one answer, and one answer only: granola parfaits.
My obsession with granola is well-documented, as evidenced by that entire stream of granola posts in my instagram feed, both homemade ones and their occasionally overpriced cafe counterparts. Nevertheless, I'm always up for the storebought variety, so long as: 1) it's clustery and 2) it's not sweet home farm's (consuming one too many over-sized bowls of that in one's youth causes one to be unable to glance at it ever again).
I'm glad to announce that Amazin Graze's came through. I've often been tempted to buy a bag for myself from Naiise, but the limpid, cluster-LESS samples were incredibly off-putting. But samples can be decieving, and this was the case. The amalgam of shock and joy as I reached my hand into a bag of their granola and pulled out a HUUUGE cluster of the crispest, clustery-est granola is indescribable. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thought, this is the THE Real Deal.
Recently, I received a bag of their Pink Raspberry Granola, a limited edition one for the month of October (which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month). On a more serious note, breast cancer awareness is something that is especially important to me, since quite a number of people close to me have been afflicted by the disease, and it's something that many in Singapore have to fight against. As such, I was especially willing to have participated in this collaboration to help spread the message. The fact that they donate a portion of the proceeds for breast cancer research makes it even better. I don't like to brandish products in your faces and beseech you to purchase them, but this would be an exception, since its for a worthy cause. This granola being incredibly flavorful helps, too.
Not too long ago, I found out that mascarpone paired incredibly well with breakfast foods (and desserts!), due to its mildly sweet-yet-salty flavor. Here, it cuts through the yogurt tang perfectly and balances it out to something that's richer, sweeter and heartier. The little blobs of jam bring out a slightly sharp-ish flavor that'll remain on your tongue reminiscent of jam cakes. Granola is, of course, the essential ingredient, since it adds this textural dimension to the smoothness of the yogurt. And not to forget, chocolate. Dark chocolate. The ingredient that's always been paired with raspberries (and other things, like salt), and for good reason too. I suppose here, its akin to a lil wake-up call before your spoon completely delves into the parfait in pursuit of that granola goodness.
Success is sweet, and so is that wonderful feeling when you finish that parfait and get ready for the day.
Granola Mascarpone Yogurt Trifles
makes 2 small parfaits or 1 large one
time taken: 20 mins
This post was created in collaboration with Amazin Graze Co. While the granola was provided by them, all opinions are mine, and I think that their granola (and delivery method) rocks.
To be continued.