As I promised yesterday, I have a new recipe for you today. Yay! I was recently contacted by La Brea Bakery about their “Breaking Bread with La Brea Bakery” promotion, and given my love for good bread, I was excited to learn more.
At first I thought, “Oooo bread!” Then I thought about my favorite hymn, “Let Us Break Bread Together.” Next I thought about the show “Breaking Bad,” and then I went back to drooling over bread.
With the goodies La Brea Bakery provided, I made two new yummy recipes! Today I’m sharing my Breakfast Berry Bruschetta, and I’ll share the second recipe Thursday.
Kevin’s parents had not been able to see Baby E for a while, so when they visited this weekend, I wanted to make their stay special. What better way to do that than to “break bread” together over brunch?!?
- Sliced loaf bread (I opted for La Brea's sliced whole wheat)
- ⅙ cup white sugar
- ⅓ pint blueberries
- ½ pint strawberries, washed and quartered
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash ground nutmeg
- Dash (or two!!) ground cinnamon
- 2-3 TBS Maple Syrup
- ⅓ banana, chopped (optional)
- Caramelize the sugar in a medium pan with constant stirring. Once it gets melty, gooey, and a bit brown, pour in the berries a little at a time.
- Continue stirring berries, and add vanilla. Cook on medium heat until berries are breaking down but still chunky.
- Stir in nutmeg and cinnamon. Remove from heat.
- Spoon the berries mixture and most (not all) of the juices into a container and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight. The mixture should thicken slightly.
- Preheat oven to 350F, and arrange bread slices (about 6) on a baking sheet. Bake bread until toasted, about 12-15 minutes.
- Once toasted, place bread on serving tray, and top with cool berry mixture. Drizzle with syrup and top with garnish, I chose banana but dots of whipped cream would also be a nice touch.
I think this is a real crowd-pleaser, especially with kids. I found La Brea Bakery in my local Harris Teeter store, but you can find it in a store near you here. If you’re super lucky and live in Charlotte, you can sample their bread very soon.
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