Monday, May 20, 2013

Rosie Makes A Sweet Bruschetta.

Every now and then,
I want something on the sweet side.
I turn to fruits.
I wanted something more substantial,
so I chose a sweet version 
of the traditionally savory bruschetta.

 In case you don't know about bruschetta,
the word derives from the Italian verb bruscare,
meaning to "roast over coals"
and brusciare means "to burn or toast,"
which is how the first bruschetta was made.

It is believed the ancient Romans 
used a piece of fire-toasted bread
to test the quality of freshly pressed olive oil.
Some accounts claim that the oil-soaked bread
was rubbed with a clove of garlic to bring out the flavors of the oil.

Bruschetta, pronounced broo-SKET-ta,
is, very simply, toast.
The original, unadorned bruschetta
was basically garlic toast.
As the hors d'oeuvre gained popularity,
the garlic and olive oil remained
but a whole slew of toppings were accepted.
What you put on top of it now
is entirely up to you.

 Fruit Bruschetta
strawberries, sliced
kiwi, peeled and sliced
 2 1/4 oz. sliced almonds, toasted
8  slices of a good, rustic bread, toasted and
drizzled with a nice, fruity extra virgin olive oil
cream cheese spread

Cream Cheese Spread
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp honey
1 tsp maple syrup
 (I use the real stuff.  More expensive, but worth it.)
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla

Disregard that bottle of balsamic vinegar in the photo.
Did you even notice it?

Put all ingredients in a small bowl.

Mix well.

Slather some of the cream cheese spread
on the toast and top with fruit and toasted almonds.

Rosie is happy.

I like the tastes, the flavors, and the textures.

That little cream cheese spread is quite nice.
Love that sweet goodness going on.

Guess how I made this even better.

I made my own bread.

You wouldn't believe the difference.


Mr. P said...

Looks Yummy

Tammy said...

Love it! Fresh and delicious...this has summer written all over it! :D

Catherine said...

Dear Rosie, I bet the bread was delicious!! Homemade bread. I must try making bread some day. Tammy and my son love bread.
The fresh fruit and the sweet cream cheese are something I know they would enjoy.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Thanks all! And Catherine, I'm working on a post for the bread. All the Hawthornelets loved that bread.