Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Ok, I know I promised savory appetizers this Sugar Rush season, but I’m fudging a little with this recipe because it is just too pretty and elegant not to share.

A major, unorthodox twist on bruschetta, I’ve had this sweet version swirling around my head for a while before deciding to give it a go. These cinnamon and sugar toasted slices of chewy baguette, topped with a delightful, creamy concoction enhanced with fresh lemon zest and finished off with juicy, sweet berries are a fabulous addition to any entertaining table. As for us? No entertaining necessary, my kids, husband and I, ate these up in a flash after dinner one night and the kids enjoyed the leftovers as semi-healthful snacks for a few days (even though the toasted bread wasn’t so toasty for leftovers – as if my four little heathens cared!).

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

The lightly sweetened cream cheese mixture has just enough tanginess from the yogurt and citrus freshness from the lemon to compliment the sweet berries perfectly.

I can see all sorts of events these beautiful bruschetta would be perfect for: showers of any kind (the baby/bridal variety), book club food tables, holiday appetizer spreads and many more. Because they are so simple to make, they really do make a perfect snack, as I mentioned above. Although I do have to admit that as my kids were willy nilly inhaling gorgeous piece after piece, I kind of sort of wanted to cry because the beauty of the bruschetta were completely and utterly lost on them. As boys (sorry for the stereotype) they could care less that they are some of the prettiest, daintiest things to come out of my kitchen. All I heard amid stuffed mouthfuls was, “Mmm, these are good, mom.” Sigh. I stared at a couple of pieces for 3 1/2 minutes admiring the contrasting colors and simple elegance until I decided to stuff it and just inhale them myself. Good choice on my part because they were half gone by then. Enjoy!

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

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Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Yield: Makes about 28 pieces of bruschetta

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Note: If you want to use plain yogurt instead of vanilla, taste to adjust the sweetness accordingly (you may need to add a bit more powdered sugar).

Ingredients

  • 1 12- to 14-inch long crusty baguette, sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Berries for topping (pomegranate seeds, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  • Fresh mint for garnish, if desired

Directions

  1. Lightly butter one side of each baguette slice and place butter side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Toast the bread slices under the oven broiler until golden brown (but not burned - watch closely!). It should only take 1-2 minutes to toast perfectly. Remove from oven and let the bread slices cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, lemon zest, powdered sugar and yogurt and whisk to combine well.
  3. Spread a tablespoon or so of the sweet cream cheese mixture on each toasted bread slice. Top with berries of your choice and fresh mint, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 2 hours - after that the bread slices may get a little soft).
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/sweet-berry-bruschetta-sugar-rush-reinvented-3/

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

24 Responses to Sweet Berry Bruschetta

  1. Kerri says:

    Yum!! I am hosting Christmas at my house for my husbands family and I will definately be making these!

  2. Kim in MD says:

    What a sweet surprise…dessert bruschetta! These are gorgeous, Melanie, as are your photos! I love this recipe, and I will be making it for sure! :-)

  3. Amy M says:

    These are beautiful! My daughter is getting a tea set for Christmas and I think we’ll make these for her first tea party. What a fun brunch appetizer!

  4. Teresa R. says:

    Great idea! I think I’ll try these for Christmas Eve. Thanks.

  5. Christine says:

    Hey Mel, your Sweet Berry Bruschetta is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/951?source=blog

  6. Kira says:

    These are simply beautiful.

  7. Laura D says:

    Yum! A friend makes something similar, and she coats the berries in about 1/2 cup apricot jam, warmed in the microwave, to make the berries shiny…probably unnecessary but another excuse to try a variation!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    These look delicious!

  9. Britt-Marie says:

    Mmm that looks wonderful! I love how colorful it is!

  10. amy says:

    These look too beautiful to eat. Btw, where do you get your fresh mint for garnish?

  11. Mel says:

    Amy – I just get it in the produce section in the little plastic thin tubs by the fresh herbs.

  12. Amy Tong says:

    What a wonderful recipe. So gorgeous and I love your photography. :) These will definitely be a hit to serve on my next family gathering. ;) Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. I was wondering if you were going to be doing the Sugar Rush this year! I am so happy to see it back and even happier to see you will be highlighting some much needed appetizer recipes. I have a count down to Christmas feature on my blog every year and share breakfast recipes for Christmas morn’.

  14. [...] Sweet Berry Bruschetta {Sugar Rush Reinvented: #3} Ok, I know I promised savory appetizers this Sugar Rush season, but I’m fudging a little with this recipe because it is just too pretty and elegant not to share. [...]

  15. Melody says:

    Mel,

    I made these for a work “doings” and they were a hit!

  16. Chris says:

    Well, the beauty isn’t lost on me – so pretty! I’m sure they are as delicious as they look too! These would be so perfect for so many occassions.

  17. Terressa T. says:

    These just might be hitting the new years eve table of deliciousness! Thank you!

  18. Marion Hickmakn says:

    Love these recipes – our grand daughter sent the Sweet Berry Bruschetta recipe.

  19. Devyani says:

    Hey mel ! I am 16 yrs old and I spent hours on your wonderful site and picked out many recipes ! Your work is amazing and your children and husband are soooo lucky:p yummy treats around the year ! Love your work :D
    Keep inspiring :)

  20. Cynthia says:

    Hi! Could I make the yogurt/cream cheese mixture the night before and refrigerate? I am making this for an afternoon pampered chef party and want to prep what I can ahead of time.

  21. Karin says:

    These just graced the table at my monthly book club and were a huge hit! I don’t even have any leftovers to sneak as a midnight snack.

  22. Viviene says:

    Can I substitute regular yogurt in place of Greek yogurt?

    • Mel says:

      Viviene – yes, but if it is on the thinner side you might want to strain it slightly so that it doesn’t make the mixture to thin.

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