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Diane Rossen Worthington
Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries and Drizzled Honey Recipe
Crostini are thinly sliced toasts, but think of them as a blank canvas for savory and sweet toppings.
Often served as an appetizer in Italy with a smear of pureed chicken livers, crostini are versatile little crisps. Topped with pesto and herbs, they make an excellent garnish on a chilled or hot soup. Topped with a puree of peas with mint, they are a wonderful accent to a summer salad.
Dessert crostini are a cook's best friend. They require little more than bread, fruit, cheese and a drizzle of honey.
These tasty Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries and Drizzled Honey take just a few minutes to put together, so consider serving them when you are pressed for time. They're just the thing for an afternoon tea or as an elegant end to a meal.
Toast some thinly sliced bread, spread over with cheese, and then top with an array of sweet flavors. Mascarpone is a very soft, rich cheese that tastes a little bit like sour cream but is much denser in texture. The creamy cheese contributes a textural contrast to the crisp toast, tart berries and sweet honey.
Serve a fruity after dinner wine to complete the meal.
Dessert Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries & Drizzled Honey Recipe
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Dessert Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries & Drizzled Honey Recipe Ingredients
12 1/2-inch slices French bread baguette
1/4 cup mascarpone
1 pint favorite ripe berries, such as blackberries or raspberries
1/4 cup fragrant honey like orange blossom, white truffle or lavender
Dessert Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries & Drizzled Honey Recipe Instructions
1. To toast the French bread slices, preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.
2. Arrange on a platter and smear about a teaspoon of mascarpone on each bread slice. Arrange a few berries on top and then drizzle lightly with honey. Serve immediately.
Help is on the Way
-- Try different types of bread such as raisin nut or ciabatta.
-- Find soft cheeses such as fresh goat, blue or triple cream for easy spreading.
-- If using fruit that needs to be sliced, make sure the slices are very thin.
-- Look for creative drizzles such as caramel, balsamic glaze or fruit puree.
-- Do a variation of this idea: Arrange a soft, creamy blue cheese, a strong cheddar and a triple cream cheese on a basket. Have slices of toasted raisin-nut bread around the cheese. Place a pot of honey in the basket. Let your guests make their own selection, and make sure to have them drizzle the cheese and bread with a bit of honey.
Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking and author of 18 cookbooks, including "Seriously Simple Holidays," and also a James Beard award-winning radio show host.
Dessert Crostini with Mascarpone, Fresh Berries and Drizzled Honey Recipe
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