Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fruit Bruschetta with Cheese Spread and Balsamic Reduction Sauce

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I was given the chance to review some wonderful products from Nazareth Secret a few months ago.

I was sent a wonderful Date Spreada jar of Honey, and some Beautiful Candles.

I was so taken with the honey.  It has the most subtle and delicate of flavors and has the most beautiful color.

The Nazareth Secret Honey comes from the Star Thistle flowers harvested in the hills of Nazareth.

I decided to finally make some Fruit Bruschetta that I have been wanting to try.  The honey pairs perfectly with the cream and goat cheeses to give them a little bit of a sweet flavor and it made a wonderful drizzle for over the Balsamic reduction sauce.

I have used this honey in my tea and stirred it into yogurt for a great breakfast.

I will definitely be using this for years to come and I would encourage you to try some today.

Here's what you need:

1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1/4 cup goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbs. Nazareth Secret Honey
6-8 slices of baguette, sliced on a diagonal about 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick
1-2 cup mixture of fresh berries, I used blackberries, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
a few pieces of fresh mint, thinly sliced
Honey for drizzling

In a small pan mix the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and simmer until reduced by about 1/2 and thickened, about 8 - 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the sliced bread on a parchment lined (unlike me, lol)
baking sheet and toast about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Wash the fruit, slice the strawberries and place in a bowl.  Stir to combine.
In a small bowl place the cream and goat cheese and stir until smooth.
Add the 1 Tbs. honey and stir until smooth and combined.
Place a good smear (as much as you like, really) on each toast then top with a spoonful of fruit.
Drizzle the balsamic reduction sauce over the berries using the tip of a spoon.
Drizzle the honey back and forth in a diagonal pattern over the fruit using the tip of a spoon.
Top with a few pieces of the mint and serve.
This was so delicious and could be served as an appetizer on a hot summer day or even a cool and refreshing dessert.

Serves 4-8 slices,  recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

Enjoy ~ 

Disclaimer - Even though I was given the products to review, all opinions are 100% my own.

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