I asked on Facebook yesterday whether you'd like to see berries or cookies on the blog today. And with a resounding YES for the berries, I bring you a beautiful berry dish - straight from Spring's back door.
I mean, can you believe all that bright color? Nature has such a gorgeous way of naturally bringing the deepest blues, and brightest reds to our plates. Berries are in full-season right now, and are really cheap in our area right now at the supermarket (in our area).
I can't wait to make a fresh batch of berry ice cream, or maybe a decadent berry tart with those blueberries. The sky is the limit with these beauties, and not just for the looks - their tastes are equally as seductive.
This recipe was a second take - the first time the yogurt-cream cheese mixture was a little too bland. So we switched it up, changed a couple ingredients around (okay, we basically added a lot more sugar), and it tasted incredible the second time around.
We loaded them up with all these bright & colorful berries. It was supposed to be a dessert, but we ended up eating them all before dinner...
thus, becoming our dinner.
We didn't mind. I mean, who would?
The toasted bread was 100% loaded with nostalgia. When I was growing up, my Grandma June would made cinnamon toast for us when we visited her in Mendon, Utah. To this day, whenever I have cinnamon toast, I think of her. She's perfectly exquisite, and I'm sure she would love topping her toast with some berries and sweetly soft cream.
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1 foot long crusty baguette, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
cinnamon sugar (1 T cinnamon, 2 T sugar) doubled as desired
8 oz light cream cheese
zest of 1/2 lemon (1/2 t)
2 T powdered sugar + more as desired
1/4 C vanilla greek yogurt
bunches and bunches of berries
fresh mint for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat oven to broil. Lightly butter one side of the baguette slices. Place baguette slices butter-side-up on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
2. Toast the baguette slices under the broiler until golden - about 2 minutes (but watch them). Remove them from the oven and let cool slightly.
3. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, lemon zest, powdered sugar, and greek yogurt. Taste. Add more sugar to your liking.
4. Spread about a tablespoon of the yogurt mixture onto the toasted baguette slices. Top with fresh berries and mint.
recipe source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe