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Apple, Brie and Honey Bruschetta

September 20, 2012

Yaaaaay it’s Fall!!!!

Ok, it’s not technically Fall until Saturday, but when it comes to my favorite season I like to round up. While I’m not really a fan of the shorter days, I am enjoying the cooler weather and the sight of my favorite Fall foods at the market.

Since the weather has cooled, I’ve been craving apples something fierce. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite and I took full advantage of their brief appearance at our local market, hoarding them in my fridge and carefully rationing them out.

A few weeks ago, my mom and I went out to lunch at The Baker’s Crust. It’s probably been 10 years since I last ate there, but I remembered the food being good and my memory was not mistaken. Their menu is full of mouthwatering selections but once I saw the bruschetta board with apple and brie bruschetta, I had to have it. Turns out I made an excellent choice! I savored each and every bite, then contemplated licking the board.

I didn’t, but only because my mom was there and I didn’t want to embarrass her.

So this is my recreation of that wonderful bruschetta in celebration of Fall. I lightly toasted slices of bread, added some melty brie, then topped with slices of apple, chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey. It’s crunchy and salty and sweet all at once, in a fantastically addictive way.

This isn’t so much a recipe as an idea, so feel free to make it your own. I think it’s perfect for an appetizer or dessert… or in my case, dinner.

Yeah, I ate all of this bruschetta after I photographed it and I’m not sorry.

Apple, Brie and Honey Bruschetta

Toasting the baguette slices first yields an extra-crispy bruschetta. For something a bit less crunchy, skip the toasting step and go right to melting the brie on the baguette slices. Plain toasted pecans or walnuts are perfect, but for an extra spicy sweet kick try using cinnamon sugar pecans. Use whatever apples are your favorite eating apples. I used Honeycrisp apples, but I think a tart apple like Grannysmith would nicely contrast the sweet honey.

Ingredients

1 baguette, cut into thin slices
6 to 8 ounces brie
1 to 2 fresh apples, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup toasted* or cinnamon sugared pecans, finely chopped
honey, for drizzling

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Lightly spray or brush baguette slices with olive oil and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for about 5 minutes or until light browned, flipping once about halfway through.

Remove baguette slices from oven. Top each with a generous slice of brie and continue baking until brie melts. (It just takes a few minutes, so keep a close eye on it!)

Top with thin apple slices and chopped pecans. Drizzle with honey. Devour immediately.

*Note: To toast pecans, preheat oven to 350°F. Toss nuts in melted butter (totally optional!). Lay pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they burn quickly!

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16 Comments
  1. ModernAlice permalink
    September 20, 2012 10:08 pm

    This sounds absolutely amazing!!!! I want to try it out on whole wheat toast with a touch of cinnamon as an openfaced breakfast sandwich!

  2. September 21, 2012 1:04 am

    I stumbled across your blog today as I was surfing. Your photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Homemade Stockholm permalink
    September 21, 2012 5:15 am

    I love the idea and will try it myself!

  4. September 21, 2012 8:21 am

    A wonderful combination!

  5. September 21, 2012 8:22 am

    Yum! I love brie with honey!!

  6. September 21, 2012 10:56 am

    These look delicious, lovely photos! Another combination similar to this which I love is pear, & prosciutto drizzled with balsamic & olive oil.

  7. September 21, 2012 11:47 am

    YUMMERS – looks delicious! I love simple, good food ideas like this – thanks for sharing! Happy Friday:)

  8. September 21, 2012 4:28 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to make some this weekend.

  9. September 21, 2012 8:01 pm

    What a wonderful combination of flavors! Just love it! Pinning right now! :)

  10. September 22, 2012 11:26 am

    Nothing beats brie and bread. Serious. This looks like such a delicious version of my favorite combo, love it!

  11. The Teenage Taste permalink
    October 3, 2012 7:11 am

    This looks great! An excellent appetizer but also, like modernalex stated, a delicious breakfast! Now I just need to buy some brie….

  12. October 4, 2012 11:52 am

    Such a simple, delicious recipe!! I am so happy the fall food are finally here!! Happy Autumn to you!

  13. November 8, 2012 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on your blacksburg backyard and commented:
    THIS LOOKS AMAZING

  14. Curtis permalink
    November 8, 2012 3:34 pm

    Looks great. I’m a poster child for eating take out, due wholly to my culinary incompetence, but I think I could manage to prepare this.

  15. November 21, 2012 8:27 pm

    I just made these and drizzled some melted chocolate hazelnut butter only over a few of them. Word. so freaking good. thanks for sharing!!

  16. December 14, 2012 3:30 am

    I saw these on Pinterest and made them tonight for a Christmas party – they were a huge hit, the flavors are perfect together! Thanks for sharing!

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