Saffron Yogurt Parfait + Stewed Figs

An ordinary yogurt snack can be turned into a treat worthy of royalty thanks to a hint of saffron flavor and a lovely, lovely golden hue. There is something palatial about this yogurt despite its simplicity. So, before you make it, I’d like to warn you that it may very well make you feel like a king lounging in his courtyard in front of a mosaic-tiled pool (in Speedos and Oliver Peoples sunglasses), enjoying his indulgent afternoon repast. Are you up for that?


You let the saffron pistils steep in some really hot milk. Then you mix it into thick, creamy Greek yogurt. You sweeten it and top it with your favorite topping — stewed figs, for example. You finish it off with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. And you simply enjoy!

Do you know that saffron is good for you? In addition to its recent popularity for weight loss, it is an age-old anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and powerful antidepressant. So don’t be surprised if you have a sudden, unexplained feeling of happiness and well-being after eating it.



Yield: 1 serving

Total Time: 15 MIN


15 saffron threads, crushed
2 tablespoons very hot milk or water
¾ cup Greek-style yogurt
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
Optional toppings: fruit, sliced almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds…

Stewed Figs
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup dried Turkish figs


Place the crushed saffron and hot milk in a bowl. Let steep for 10 minutes. Add the yogurt and maple syrup and stir well until the ingredients are combined into a homogeneously yellow and creamy mixture. Top with fruits and/or nuts. Finish off with a drizzle of maple syrup.

To make the stewed figs, bring the water, honey and lemon juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the figs and cook over medium-low heat until soft and plump, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the softness of the figs. Let the figs cool. Cut them in half lengthwise.

Other Saffron Recipes:
Chicken Tagine with Prunes & Almonds
Meatballs with Celery & Saffron
Saffron Rice


9 Responses to “Saffron Yogurt Parfait + Stewed Figs”

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    Sues — 02/22/2013 @ 6:28 am

    What a unique and fabulous dish! I had no idea about saffron’s health benefits either… I guess I need more of it in my life!

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    Nisrine — 02/22/2013 @ 7:53 am

    Sues–it is different, in a good way and quite addictive.

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    Oriane — 02/22/2013 @ 9:01 am


    A delightful way to “dress up” yogurt. I’m going to put this one on the breakfast menu – my guests are going to think they are in a spa : )

    Encore merci.

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    Eha — 02/22/2013 @ 6:58 pm

    I always tell everyone I don’t eat nor make dessert – basically true! But every single ingredient here is calling to me and I even have some fabulous true Iranian saffron I won left in my drawer. Thanks so much for sharing this one . . .

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    Laura @ Family Spice — 02/23/2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Just beautiful! I use saffron a lot (with my Persian cooking), but never tried it in yogurt!

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    Nisrine — 02/24/2013 @ 7:20 am

    Oriane– That’ s great. I hope you and your guests enjoy.

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    Nisrine — 02/24/2013 @ 7:21 am

    Eha– I’m glad this is appealing to you. It’s pretty much a guilt-free dessert.

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    Nisrine — 02/24/2013 @ 7:21 am

    Laura–Thank you.

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    Lizthechef — 12/31/2013 @ 11:46 am

    So glad Rachael shared this today – I cannot wait to try it…

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