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Maple Ginger Fruit Crostini with Basil

Maple Ginger Fruit Crostini with Fresh Basil

It’s a dreary, wet morning in South Dakota. Everything is very green and growing fast … I need to get out and pull weeds and tend my little garden. And I have some MORE grocery shopping to do … but first, I think we need a little color to brighten the day.  Just looking at these little toasts makes me happy.

This is a little fruit crostini I whipped up last week for a snack. I was very pleased with it overall, but I have to be honest with you, I didn’t like the french bread as the base for this little toast. I think it would be much better on blueberry bagels or maybe some sugar cookies or snickerdoodles? Something that goes better with the juicy fruit. But I do have to say the maple, ginger, and basil in the cream cheese is oooh so good. The fruit mixture is just perfect with the sweet creamy cheese. You could toss on some toasted nuts as well. I think that would be nice. I’m not sure why I left off the nuts … ah well, you get the idea.

If you are serving this at a party or get together (they’d be marvelous for a brunch, don’t you think?), rather than making them all up like this, you could also serve the bagels with the cream cheese and bowl of fruit on the side and let the guests do the work of putting them together. But if you’re making them for a big crowd, you’ll need to double or triple the recipe …

Maple Ginger Fruit Crostini with Fresh Basil

Maple Ginger Fruit Crostini with Basil

  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 oz. light cream cheese
  • Blueberry bagels (or other fruity bagels), sliced & toasted (or sugar cookies or snickerdoodles … just please, don’t use French Bread like I did …)
  • 3 cups mixed fruit, chopped into little pieces (I used honeydew melon, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries)
  • A few fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Toasted nuts, if you like. I think walnuts or pecans would be nice on these …

Mix the maple syrup, ginger and basil together. Take 2 Tablespoons of the syrup mixture and mix it in with the cream cheese. Mix the rest in with the fruit.

Toast the bagels, spread with the sweet ginger basil cream cheese, and top with fruit. (If you’re using cookies, I suppose there’s no need for toasting …)  Garnish with fresh basil leaves and a few toasted nuts (if you’ve decided you want nuts).

Maple Ginger Fruit Crostini with Fresh Basil

P.S. You might notice I added a watermark to my images … I will be doing that from now on, just because, well, they are my images and I work hard on them. I really love it when people share my pictures and recipes, but I don’t like it when people post my words and/or pictures as if they had taken / written them. If you like my photos or recipes, please share, but just mention that it’s from  Sumptuous Spoonfuls and give me a link back to my blog, okay? Thanks for understanding …

This recipe was shared at Everyday Mom’s MealsScrumptious SundaysWeekend Potluck, Moosewood Monday, Tuesday Talent Show and Totally Tasty Tuesdays.

16 responses

  1. super simple but simply a sumptuous spoonful or mouthful. Yum

    May 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    • Ann

      that’s what I love about little toasts … they are simple, but delicious and beautiful:)

      May 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

  2. chindeep3141

    pretty pretty pretty!

    May 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    • Ann

      thank you dear Melissa:)

      May 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

  3. amberleighana

    I really like the watermark, I think it makes your pictures look super professional, sorry about why you need it but it’s a nice addition.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    • Ann

      Well thank you Amber! I think it is so kind of you to say that, but have to confess it makes me feel better:)

      May 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  4. Mary P

    Yes, this is our rainy season! I have to ask, where in So.Dakota are you?? I am in the Badlands, near the National Park ( very near, lol ! )
    Anyway, glad to know there are a few SD foodies out here! Thanks for the great recipes!

    May 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    • Ann

      Well hello Mary! I am on the other side of the state … the Eastern side. You are on the pretty side!

      May 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

      • Mary P

        Hi Ann, thanks for getting back to me! I was just in your neck of the woods Thursday and Friday, picking up my sofrom college in Sioux Falls! Love your blog and am glad to “meet ” you !

        May 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      • Ann

        Thank you Mary. I’m so glad to “meet” you too:)

        May 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

  5. Brenda

    Hi Ann, I also am from the Eastern side of SD! Love your recipes! You are one of my first stops when I’m looking for something yummy to make.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    • Ann

      Brenda, that is so cool to know other foodies are nearby. Thank you so much … that makes me very, very happy:)

      May 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    • Mary P

      Hi Brenda! You don’t happen to know Joanne Kruse, do you ?

      May 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  6. I think I can make that without even going to the shop !! I happened to have almost all the ingredients at home. I do not have fruit bagels tough…I hope it works wit a regular piece of toast !! Thank you:)

    June 22, 2012 at 4:22 am

    • Ann

      I used toast and it worked fine:)

      June 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

  7. It worked for me too !!!:) yum !

    June 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

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