Monday, May 12, 2014

Breakfast Crostini - Roasted Balsamic Strawberries on Honeyed Ricotta

Stuck in a breakfast rut?! Fancy something sublimely different for a weekend brunch? Then tried out these simple to assemble breakfast crostinis. The balsamic strawberry combination is like a match made in heaven. The balsamic vinegar lends a hand to bring out the beautiful sweetness of the strawberries. That then coupled with the tangy creamy ricotta cheese......well its simply dreamy! You could actually make these crostinis for a drinks party also and they would go down a treat. 

This recipe is not paleo friendly by any means, but cheating a couple of times a week is allowed. But here's an idea, if you don't want to eat the bread, why not use thick cucumber slices cut on the diagonal as the base instead. I only made this yesterday for the first time and already I know I  will be making very often for my B&B guests.

  • 1 day old french baguette cut into slices, on the diagonal
  • 250g of hulled strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of white sugar
  • 6-7 basil leaves, shredded
  • 1 carton of ricotta cheese
  • 2tbsp of honey, and extra to drizzle

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  2. Toast for 5-6 minutes, keeping eye they don't burn.
  3. Mix the strawberries with the sugar and vinegar and place in a oven dish and bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Then remove and allow to cool completely. You can prepare both the bread and strawberries a day in advance if you cool completely and store separately in air tight containers.
  4. Add the honey to the cheese and whip up with a fork.
  5. Spread a generous amount of ricotta over the crostinis. Add the shredded basil to the strawberry mixture and top the ricotta with the balsamic strawberries. Drizzle with a little more honey if desired.


gastrogays said...

Hi Serena, just stumbled on your blog. Congrats on the blog awards shortlist - love the picture and sound of this recipe!

Serenacronin said...

Thanks very much for your kind words, your own blog is very impressive. Yes the crostini is my new go to dinner party starter!!! Getting great feedback from it

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