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Cooking Up a Hooley in the Kitchen: Sweet and Sassy Bruschetta

To say I love appetizers and little nibbles is an understatement. So any chance I get to either make them or find new ones to try, I get really excited. Here is an adaptation of one of my go-to appetizers that are perfect for so many occasions. This bruschetta is a sweet version that uses sugar and fruit in place of savory garlic and tomatoes.

Sweet and Sassy Bruschetta
Ingredients      Makes 10 servings.

1 large load of baked Baguette Bread

1 pint of Strawberries

3 Peaches – any variety

6 oz Spreadable Brie Cheese

4 oz tub Mascarpone Cheese

½ cup Granulated White Sugar

½ cup chopped Basil Leaves

Directions
Slice the strawberries, place in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar and set aside.

Slice the peaches, place in a separate bowl and sprinkle with sugar and set aside (you can peel them or leave the skin on).

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Slice the baguette bread on an angle.

Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet and sprinkle a small amount of sugar on each one.

Bake in the oven until slightly toasted.

Spread half of the bread slices with Mascarpone Cheese.

Spread the Brie Cheese on the other half of the slices

Top the Brie with the peaches and the Mascarpone with the strawberries.

Sprinkle some Basil and a bit more sugar on each slice.

Serve and enjoy!

Note:  This recipe works well with different types of fruit such as pineapple, grapes, and cantaloupe. You can also use different cheeses, as well.  Try grilling the fruit for more depth of flavor. You can also drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar if you prefer.

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*Katie is an English teacher at Trinity High School by day and in her “spare” time runs her own at-home baking business, Sassy’s Sweets and Oh So Much More, specializing in gourmet cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries. She can be reached at [email protected]or (440) 773-4459

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