There are several things in this world that I am simply incapable of resisting. Fluffy kittens, formulaic Regency romances, striped socks, flippy dresses, and buttery croissants.
Oh, and this Coffee Toffee Sauce that I made on the weekend.
Like any torrid love affair, it was love at first sight. It's like the deepest, darkest, roastiest caramel sauce you will ever taste, and it will ruin you for all other ice cream toppings. (OK, maybe all ice cream toppings except for hot fudge sauce... I still love you, hot fudge, even if it doesn't seem that way right now.)
If I wasn't worried about getting a raging case of scurvy with a side of gout, I'd probably eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So I'm justifying it by spooning it between layers of tangy yogurt and sweet ripe bananas and crunchy granola in these equally irresistible Banoffee Yogurt Parfaits. It's like having banoffee pie, only in a slightly more socially acceptable format format for breakfast.
These let me pretend I'm eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast, even though I'm sure there's probably a study out there that proves that caramel sauce actually has negative nutritional value.
I don't care, though, because it means my beloved Coffee Toffee Sauce and I get to spend some quality time together each morning.
I know it's a slippery slope that will surely end with me standing in front of the fridge eating it out of the jar with a spoon, but I really trying to be strong. At least until lunchtime... after that, all bets are off.
(Oh, and why did I make this lethally addictive condiment that will surely doom my thighs to eternal chubbiness? Why, to celebrate the bloggy birthday for two of my favourite gals, of course! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake both have anniversaries this month.)
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- Pinch salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 1 cup granola (preferably homemade)
- In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium heat, heat the sugar until it starts to melt, stirring with a heat-proof spatula. As soon as the sugar is mostly melted, stop whisking and continue cooking, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar is a golden amber-brown colour, swirling the pan occasionally. (I repeat. Do not stir! I've made this mistake, and it's not pretty.)
- As soon as the sugar reaches 350F, immediately remove from heat and whisk in the butter until completely melted, then add the cream, espresso powder, vanilla and salt. (The caramel will bubble up something fierce when the cream goes in and might even seize up a little, but just keep stirring and it'll smooth right out again.)
- Let the caramel cool off until it's just warm to the touch, then pour into a tightly sealed glass container. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use, or for up to 3 weeks (assuming it lasts that long, that is.)
- To make each parfait, spoon ¼ cup yogurt into the bottom of a mason jar or pretty glass dish. Top with a generous spoonful of caramel, a few slices of banana, and 2 tbsp granola, then repeat the layers a second time with ¼ cup yogurt, a spoonful of caramel, some banana and another 2 tbsp granola.
- You should have just enough to make a total of 4 parfaits. Serve immediately, with a few more slices of banana on top, if desired.
Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine says
I need to be better at breakfast. If I had toffee caramel sauce to put on everything, it'd totally be easier.
gema kochovski says
A new stainless steel medium-sized pot.
Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies says
I would buy a Le Creuset pot
If I won, I would probably buy books. Lots and lots of books. I really want the new Naomi Duguid. Oooh, I could get a really nice waffle maker, too. Oh, and a pressure cooker, although my husband is pretty sure I'd blow the house up.
Also, feel free to show up at my house with some coffee toffee sauce. If you have extra and are feeling burdened. I would hate for you to have too much coffee toffee sauce.
Oohh...I'd by some shoes, some kitchen gear, and maybe some more shoes! :)
Wow..need sooooooo many things..hehe..might start with a vacuum cleaner..or, coffee maker..not sure..would blow my mind..in a good way..thanks :)
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
We are going to get along so well when we meet up in Vancouver, Isabelle. I just made a scurvy joke the other day due to the horrific lack of fruits and vegetables in my diet. This is exactly what I need - more deep, dark, buttery, luscious caramel sauce! I mean, when you layer it with the bananas, granola and yogurt, it's totally health food! Gorgeous photos, lady!
I would buy a laptop for my daughter if I won. :)
Stacy McCann says
wow, beautiful sauce!
If I won the giveaway, I'd definitely spend it on yoga things, as I am now obsessed with all things yoga.
Crystal | Apples & Sparkle says
Coffee toffee - I am in love! And I really love the sound of these parfaits especially. I would have ever thought to put a sauce like this with yogurt and fruit. Awesome! : )
I'd love a really nice food processor!!
shannon @ a periodic table says
did you really just turn banoffee pie into breakfast?!? I LOVE YOU.
Jenny @ The Brunette Baker says
Coffee Toffee Sauce? DIOS MIO girl! I'd be pouring this all over everything! Fun giveaway! Amazon is filled with goodies. What wouldn't I buy?
Corisa Jubinsky says
love to buy an adapter for my new phone!
Wow--with a gift card this size, I could get everything on my wish list! One thing I just added is an embossed pastry board. And a 6" springform pan. And a pan for baking donuts. So many things!
Dionne Baldwin says
You always crack me up! But all giggles aside, this sauce sounds like something I must try for myself. I believe you, but...you know. I just want a taste!
Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says
this looks soooo good.
looks gorgeous :) i imagine it would be amazing with your nutella granola recipe!
Ashley Outland says
If I won, I would use it for some summer clothes & bakeware!
Kelli W. says
I'd probably buy some cookbooks or new equipment.
love the toffee sauce - will totally be making that later. i'd probably invest in a new pot for waterbath canning - ball has a gorgeous stainless steel one.
oh there are so many things on my wishlist...some new cookbooks, bakeware, etc etc!
natalie @ wee eats says
i would buy a new toaster (one that doesn't shoot sparks out of it) haha!
Angie (@angiesrecipess) says
That coffee toffee sauce looks stunning!
I would probably end up eating the toffee sauce for breakfast. I would convince myself that since there is coffee in it, it counts as a breakfast food on its own.
I love this twist for breakfast, it is definitely acceptable breakfast fare. If I won the gift card I se Le Creuset in my future.
Coffee toffee sauce???? I'm swooning (and envious of your gorgeous photos!!!). Thanks so much for joining Kim and me in our anniversary celebrations! xo