Sunday, January 30, 2011

Strawberry Bruschetta

Preparation Time: 15 minutesLevel: Easy
Cook Time: 15 minutesServes: 4
Astoundingly good for minimal effort, this makes an indulgent weekend breakfast or anyday dessert. A judicious smear of mascarpone (half the fat of butter) is part of the luxury, but even lighter low-fat cream cheese will work as well. The real secret is warming the berries just enough to make the flavor bloom and transform their juices into a rosy syrup.


  • 4 thick slices whole-wheat bread
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups sliced or diced hulled strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons mascarpone, (Italian cream cheese)


  1. Toast bread in a toaster.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add strawberries and stir until juices begin to exude and the berries are heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone on each piece of toast. Top with the warm berries.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving
Calories203 kcal
Calories From Protein-
Calories From Carbs-
Calories From Fat-
Carbohydrates40 g
Dietary Fiber4 g
Fat5 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Monosaturated Fat-
Polysaturated Fat-
Protein4 g
Potassium240 mg
Sodium152 mg
Cholesterol9 mg
Folic Acid-

Nutritional Bonus:
Per serving
Vitamin C (108% daily value), Selenium (16% dv).