Sweet blueberries, savory goat cheese, crispy cinnamon spiced french toast and basil are paired to make this incredible, delicious Roasted Blueberry French Toast Crostini.
Welcome to Blueberry Week 2019! This week a group of bloggers will be sharing a great variety of blueberry based recipes, both sweet and savory.
From breakfast to appetizers, drinks to dessert – there is sure to be something pleasing to your appetite.
Today I brought these incredibly delicious, elegant Roasted Blueberry French Toast Crostini. We are a bit smitten with this recipe. It’s one of those super easy recipes that is so perfect for events, but is also perfect for a snack any old time you want one.
There are a few tips to making the best crostini:
Don’t skimp and buy cheap bread. Buy a quality bread from a grocery store bakery or a real bakery. Bonus points if it’s a French bakery, but definitely not necessary.
You’re looking for a light textured bread that you’re going to slice about 1/2 inch thick. This is pretty standard.
If you slice to thick, all you’re going to taste is that bread and none of the amazing toppings. Too thin? It might not support your toppings becoming limp and messy.
Don’t add the toppings too soon. If you want to make everything up before hand, prepare all of your ingredients. But to prevent soggy bread, add the toppings just before serving.
I make my crostini slices up a day or two ahead of time and store them in a plastic, airtight container. But if you try to add the toppings, the bread will get soggy and fall apart.
Season your crostini. No matter if you’re going for a sweet or savory crostini, season it up a little before hand. This will increase the overall flavor of the crostini adding a certain element often overlooked.
You can rub some spices, herbs, sliced lemon or other citrus fruit, or a clove of garlic. Just rub it on the top and bottom after toasting.
In this recipe, no extra seasoning is needed since it’s a french toast crostini and should give you plenty of flavor on it’s own.
Be reserved with toppings. You don’t want too little, but you don’t want too much. If you put too much on it, there’s a good chance that either the toppings will fall off, or slide off over time.
Make it as easy to eat as possible, placing “just enough” topping on each crostini. Always make sure you use a spread or cheese of some kind to hold all the toppings together.
Do not toast too long. When making a regular crostini recipe, be sure your crostini aren’t touching on your baking sheet. This recipe is not toasted the normal way, so there is no need to worry about this as much.
But when making traditional crostini, you’ll want to brush both sides with some olive oil. Brushing ensures proper coverage. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, or any other seasoning. You’re only going to bake these slices for about 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees F. Be sure and flip them over at the halfway mark.
Once they are golden brown, they are ready. You’re looking for crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside. Don’t overcook because they will dry out fast since they are so thin.
Blueberry Week Recipes
- Blueberry Liege Waffles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Drinks and Appetizers
- Blueberry Basil Bourbon Smash by Cookaholic Wife
- Blueberry Bubble Tea by Our Good Life
- Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer by The Freshman Cook
- Blueberry Syrup with (Optional) Bourbon by Food Above Gold
Sauces and Spreads
- Blueberry Barbecue Sauce by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Blueberry Bison Chili by Savory Moments
- Blueberry Romaine Salad by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- 5-Minute Blueberry Cheesecake Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Blueberry Cobbler by Family Around the Table
- Blueberry Oatmeal Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Blueberry, Peach & Brie Slab Pie by The Spiffy Cookie
- Vegan Blueberry Orange Layer Cake by The Baking Fairy
Are you ready to make your own Roasted Blueberry French Toast Crostini?
This easy, yet incredibly elegant appetizer is the perfect addition to any event.
Not just perfect in summer, but don’t be afraid to bring these to the table in winter either.
Roasted Blueberry French Toast Crostini
- 1 bakery French baguette sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 3 oz goat cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh minced basil
- 1/4 cup honey to drizzle
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt, vanilla and cinnamon together until well blended. (use a blender or stand mixer for ease)
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Dip bread into egg mixture and drip off excess. Turn the stove up to medium-high heat as soon as you see the butter begin to foam and place the egg soaked bread into the skillet.
- As soon as the bottom begins to turn golden brown, flip them over and continue until both sides are golden brown.
- Remove to a plate to cool slightly. They will be softer than normal crostini.
- In an oven, roast blueberries on a large pan for 15-20 minutes or until they begin to pop slightly.
- Spoon blueberries onto french toast crostini, place spoon down gently on top to burst a little more.
- Top with sprinkled goat cheese and freshly minced basil.
- Drizzle honey over the top and serve immediately.