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.
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. 🙁
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….
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! 🙂
- One baguette (for appetizer size) or one French boule (for dessert size)
- 2 TBSP melted butter
- Sea Salt
- 8 oz. container mascarpone cheese
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 TBSP heavy cream
- 1 TBSP red wine, such as Malbec, Chianti or Merlot
- Slice baguette into 1/2 inch rounds or French boule into 1/2 inch slices.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
- Toast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 - 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature.
- Combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Microwave the cream and chopped dark chocolate for 1 - 2 minutes.
- 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.
- Using a butter knife or offset spatula, spread each baguette slice with some mascarpone cheese.
- Top with balsamic strawberries.
- Drizzle with red wine ganache. Serve immediately.