Sweet Berry Bruschetta
These unique sweet berry bruschetta’s are so simple to make, they really do make a perfect snack or appetizer for any occasion.
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!).
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
- 1 (12 to 14-inch long) crusty baguette, sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick
- 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
- ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- Berries for topping, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
- Fresh mint for garnish, if desired
- 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.
- In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, lemon zest, powdered sugar and yogurt and whisk to combine well.
- 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).
Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
28 Comments on “Sweet Berry Bruschetta”
I’ve been searching for something like this; there are some who do not care for the savory/sweet combo…so when I found yours, it was perfect…no other recipe I came across uses cinnamon sugar…great touch!
Can I make the cinnamon toast the night before?
Sure, as long as it’s stored in a way that it doesn’t soften (sometimes that happens in humid climates).
Is there any reason I couldn’t use regular cream cheese, instead of light? Thanks!
Yes, you could use regular cream cheese.
Can I substitute regular yogurt in place of Greek yogurt?
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.
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.
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.
Cynthia – absolutely – that should work great.
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 😀
Keep inspiring 🙂
Love these recipes – our grand daughter sent the Sweet Berry Bruschetta recipe.
These just might be hitting the new years eve table of deliciousness! Thank you!
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.
I made these for a work “doings” and they were a hit!
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’.
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.
Amy – I just get it in the produce section in the little plastic thin tubs by the fresh herbs.
These look too beautiful to eat. Btw, where do you get your fresh mint for garnish?
Mmm that looks wonderful! I love how colorful it is!
These look delicious!
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!
These are simply beautiful.
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Great idea! I think I’ll try these for Christmas Eve. Thanks.
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!
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! 🙂
Yum!! I am hosting Christmas at my house for my husbands family and I will definately be making these!