Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta + Red Wine Ganache

As usual, we have embarked on yet another home improvement project, armed with only a rake, a shovel and a expert basic knowledge of how to lay a slate patio (thank you, YouTube).  We already have a slate patio, but years of general wear and tear have left it looking a bit uneven and weed ridden.  Since we are hoping to list our home for sale soon, we’re trying to spruce up the exterior a bit.

Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta ~ Pearls + Girls

I had planned on serving this Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta + Red Wine Ganache while sipping a glass of wine and looking at my newly laid slate patio, but after two days of grueling raking and lifting, it’s still not finished. 🙁

Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta ~ Pearls + Girls

So, we enjoyed it at the kitchen table instead.  Not quite as luxurious as dining al fresco, but if I have to eat something and look at that patio at the same time, I might will cry.  Drizzle, drizzle, chomp, chomp, I need another slice….

Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta + Red Wine Ganache ~ Pearls + Girls

Fresh strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar on a toasty baguette slice smeared with creamy mascarpone cheese and drizzled with red wine infused chocolate ganache might help me keep those tears at bay!  It’s a decadent, but simple dessert and requires minimal chopping and stirring.  That’s a good thing, because my sore wrists need a break after this weekend.  Cheers to home improvement projects, may you go forth with unsmashed fingers and toes!  I sure wish I had!  Enjoy! 🙂

Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta + Red Wine Ganache

Yield: 6 - 8 appetizer servings, 4 dessert servings


  • One baguette (for appetizer size) or one French boule (for dessert size)
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • Sea Salt
  • 8 oz. container mascarpone cheese
  • Balsamic Strawberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • Red Wine Ganache
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 TBSP heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP red wine, such as Malbec, Chianti or Merlot


  1. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch rounds or French boule into 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Toast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 - 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for 30 minutes.
  5. Microwave the cream and chopped dark chocolate for 1 - 2 minutes.
  6. Add the red wine. Whisk to combine. Ganache should be thin and easy to drizzle. If it is too thick, add more wine, one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  7. Assemble the Bruschetta:
  8. Using a butter knife or offset spatula, spread each baguette slice with some mascarpone cheese.
  9. Top with balsamic strawberries.
  10. Drizzle with red wine ganache. Serve immediately.


    • KatieKatie says

      Thanks so much, Jessi! 🙂 I was so flattered that you did a blog post featuring our giveaway! Have a great week, and I’ll ship out your cookies on Wednesday! ~ Katie