This Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh mint is a must-have simple dessert for the spring and summer months!
Strawberry season is well under way now! And, with mother's day coming up and with barbecue season just around the corner, what's better than a simple 6-ingredient dessert that is so beautiful and delicious?
This Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta comes together in under 20 minutes and is a refreshing treat for warmer days. It's also a great Mother's Day or holiday idea as it only requires a few ingredients and no oven time at all.
What can Mascarpone be Used for?
Mascarpone is an Italian cream-cheese. It is rich and spreadable and contains a high percentage of butterfat (around 75%!). Mascarpone has a loose and velvety texture and tastes mildly sweet and slightly nutty. For these reasons, mascarpone is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Mascarpone goes great in sauces (like this Creamy Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta) as it provides a distinctly rich and creamy flavor. It pairs equally well with fresh fruit, such as berries and citrus and can be used as a cake or cheesecake filling, and as cupcake or cake frosting (such as these Limoncello Cupcakes with Mascarpone Lemon Frosting).
Ingredients for Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta
This simple strawberry mascarpone dessert recipe requires just 6 ingredients.
Sliced Baguette - A day-old baguette is ideal. Slice diagonally into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices.
Olive Oil - To brush baguette before grilling. Use good quality olive oil.
Strawberries - Use fresh strawberries for this recipe. Wash, drain, and hull strawberries. Then, slice strawberries lengthwise, cut them in rounds, or dice them.
Fresh Mint - you can either use whole small mint leaves or finely chop them, whatever you prefer
Honey - to drizzle on top of the bruschetta. You can also use maple syrup or chocolate glaze.
What Kind of Bread Should I use for Bruschetta?
For this recipe, I used a medium-sized classic French baguette and cut it into 8 slices. Feel free to use a larger baguette and adjust other ingredient proportions accordingly.
I find that a day-old French baguette works perfectly for any sweet or savory bruschetta, but feel free to use any type of bread you like or have available.
You can also use freshly-baked bread to make bruschetta. Bruschetta, however, is a great way to use day-old bread instead of throwing it away!
Making Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta
Start by brushing baguette slices with some olive oil (on one side). You can use a pastry brush for this step.
Heat a large non-stick skillet (no oil or butter needed) on medium-high heat and place baguette slices, oil-side facing down, and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer bruschetta to a serving plate (browned side up).
Place 1-2 tsp. (depending on bruschetta size) of mascarpone on each slice and use a bread knife or the back of a teaspoon/tablespoon to spread on the surface of each slice.
Add chopped or sliced strawberries. Drizzle with honey and top with chopped or whole mint leaves.
Can I make this on the grill?
Yes, absolutely! Brush sliced baguette with olive oil as you would normally do and place on the grill or barbecue (medium-high heat) until slightly browned. Then, add the toppings per recipe directions below!
How to Serve
Serve this Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta as dessert after a summer barbecue or lunch/dinner. You can also serve these as finger food to your guests along with a cold drink, a glass of white wine or champagne! This strawberry mascarpone dessert is also great as an afternoon or tea-time treat or as a refreshing snack at any time of day!
Storing and Making Ahead
Once prepared, serve immediately or chill in an airtight container. This Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator overnight.
Personally, if I'm making this ahead I would refrain from adding strawberries, mint, and honey until right before serving, since strawberries tend to become soggy and seep juice and mint leaves will start to wilt. If you don't mind any of that, storing the finished bruschetta overnight is fine as well, but it may not be very presentable the next day.
Store leftover Strawberry Mascarpone Bruschetta (if any is left!) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- 1 medium-sized French-style Baguette day-old (sliced into ¼-½ inch slices)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 60 g mascarpone cheese (2 oz/4 tbsp)
- 100 g fresh strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced or diced (½ cup)
- 2 tbsp. honey (or maple syrup)
- handful fresh mint whole or chopped
- Slice baguette diagonally into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Brush one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush.
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-high and cook baguette slices (oiled-side down) for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate.
- Spread 1-2 tsp. of mascarpone on each slice (cooked side) and top with sliced or diced strawberries.
- Add mint leaves (whole or chopped) and drizzle with honey. Store in refrigerator until serving.