Warm Pear-Raspberry Bruschetta

ENTERTAINING 101: If you’re planning on having a slumber party involving LOTS OF WINE, make sure breakfast the next morning is SIMPLE.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Toasting bread, caramelizing pears and spreading cinnamon sugar & mascarpone on top is child’s play.

Adding a side of scrambled eggs with truffle salt & bacon? That’s where things get a little more complicated.

Photographing a brand new recipe in front of 4 people who are waiting to eat breakfast? Crazy idea!

Especially when you forget to drink coffee.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

This one is definitely going in my I DRANK TOO MUCH LAST NIGHT BUT HAVE TO FEED SOMETHING AWESOME TO GUESTS, folder. It’s super scrumptious & simple!

And we’re off!

Cut pieces of bread! Toast them.

I used the broiler. I burnt two pieces. Don’t walk away from the broiler. Lesson learned.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Butter the toasts! I enlisted my friend Amanda for this job.

Another tip! If your guest asks how they can help, put them to work!

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Cut your pears, get your cinnamon sugar ready. Stir the pears with lemon juice.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Butter & cinnamon sugar in a pan. Pears go in.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Bubbly pears getting cooked.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Cinnamon pears are ready! Now make your caramel sauce.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Spread the tops of the bruschette with mascarpone.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Top with the pears.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

Add the caramel & sprinkle the raspberries on top.

warm pear -raspberry bruschetta

So many good things resting on top a piece of toasty bread!

Warm Pear-Raspberry Bruschetta

makes 8
(adapted slightly from Martha Stewart)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 slices Italian or French bread, cut on diagonal
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ripe but firm Bosc pears
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup raspberries

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Toast bread until golden, and spread with 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar, and set aside.

Peel, core, and slice pears into 3/4-inch-thick wedges, and toss with lemon juice. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and remaining cinnamon-sugar, and cook until caramelized and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, and swirl until caramel in pan is saucy.

Spread mascarpone on cinnamon toast, and top with sauteed pears, caramel, and raspberries.

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  • February 13, 2012

    Oh how perfect! This would definitely sort me out the morning after the night before!

  • February 13, 2012

    Aw, I miss sleepovers. This looks a like a sweet breakfast. :)

  • February 13, 2012

    i am totally in love with this…fruit bruschetta is way to rare of an occurrence in my life!

  • February 13, 2012

    Love this unique idea! :)

  • February 13, 2012

    This looks so beautifully delicious!

  • Danielle
    February 13, 2012

    Those breads awaiting toasting look like bunnies.

    • Beth
      February 13, 2012

      Exactly what I was thinking!

  • February 13, 2012

    Oh hell yeah. Caramelized pears are totally my valentine this year.

  • Gina
    February 13, 2012

    Hi Tracy,

    I rarely (never) tell you this, but your blog is awesome, you are awesome and you and your fam rock. Thank you for adding more rock to the world. I am thoroughly addicted to the brussel sprout salad. :)

  • February 13, 2012

    So many people are incorporating text into their photos these days, but it’s hard to really integrate and pull off. You do an amazing job of it!! And this recipe sounds simple + amazing. Perfect little brunch idea. The possibilities are endless!

  • February 13, 2012

    I am great at making brunch fare because I have already had my breakfast, but if I haven’t eaten or had my coffee, then I am not a breakfast making kind of gal. My kids know this. I get up early so I can eat and relax before I tackle the kitchen for their weekend breakfasts. I am proud that you got up and made and photographed this before coffee and on top of a hangover! You go girl!

  • February 13, 2012

    mmmmm…. put some bacon on it.

  • February 13, 2012

    This is such a fabulous idea!

  • February 13, 2012

    This is really just lovely.

  • February 13, 2012

    Love your bruschetta – brings back fun memories! :)

  • February 13, 2012

    You trying to put valentine’s day in my head I know because this kind of food just makes me think it might just be worth trying celebrating it!Fab.

  • February 13, 2012

    Yum! My favorite post wine fueled sleepover foods are baked French toast and any kind of strata. The bruschetta look perfect too…I’m guess a cup of coffee would make them even better.

  • February 13, 2012

    I want it now! Looks so delicious :D

  • February 14, 2012

    Genius! What a fun idea for a low key brunch that still feels extra special. Can’t wait to try this!

  • February 14, 2012

    Oh, you. I’m so happy that you know what the plural of bruschetta is. Nerdy high five! :-D

  • heather
    February 14, 2012

    just made it and it was fantastic

  • February 14, 2012

    This looks awesome!

  • February 15, 2012

    Oooh these look yummy! I always run for the fruit when I’ve got a hangover (my boyfriend reaches straight for the coca cola which is so weird to me) so I’ll add this to my recipe book and give it a go next time the wine headache takes over!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you had a great time with your friends

  • February 15, 2012

    This looks so good! I do a slightly savorier version with sauteed-until-carmelized pears on stilton-smeared toasts. I will have to give this version a try!

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