Pear Parfait with Salted Cinnamon Caramel and Cardamom Cashew Cream
While some of the veggies I was looking for are now out of season, the grape selection was over the top. I scored some of my favorites that taste exactly like grape bubble gum. Crazy. Living where we live, so close to wine country and the central valley, we have an amazing variety of grapes.
I scored beautiful walnuts in the shell that had just been picked, pomegranates, huge raisins, ripe pears, and a lovely olive loaf. We even indulged in a gluten-free vegan pizza on a delicious thin crust made especially for us. I really need to master those thin crusts one day.
When I got home, it was the walnuts, pears and pomegranates that were calling to me. I put together a delicious dessert for you that is easy to make but fancy enough for company. And when you pair pears and pomegranate with a cardamom cashew cream and a salted cinnamon caramel the flavors just sing!
The best part? I finished the parfaits and immediately put together a delicious salad with the pears, walnuts, pomegranates and a maple-dijon dressing! I will be posting that recipe on Thursday. So this week, you get the proverbial two birds! Sweet and savory. But of course, dessert first.
Cardamom Cashew Cream
1/2 cup cashews, soaked at least 6 hours, rinsed and drained.