Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta with Almond Pudding and Lemon Curd

Celebrate the summertime with Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta. This angel food cake dessert features homemade almond pudding with fresh berries and lemon curd. Red, white and blue, these individual desserts are perfect for entertaining, whether you’re celebrating Memorial Day weekend, July 4th or even Labor Day. Makes 14 portions.

Love a colorful, fruit-forward dessert? Check out Blueberry Strawberry Pound Cake and Blackberry Peach Hand Pies!

A platter of strawberry bruschetta with almond pudding surrounded by berries

The inspiration behind this recipe goes to my mother-in-law, who made the most delightful berry trifle for Easter when we visited Louisiana.

She combined a few recipes to make the wonderful dish—which featured angel food cake, homemade almond pudding, lemon curd and berries galore. The combination was out-of-this-world, and when I mentioned that to her (and how I, not-so-surprisingly would like to eat the entire trifle dish of dessert), she sent me home with her recipe card.

Today’s recipe was supposed to be individual-sized trifles, but my bruschetta brain got the best of me.

Before you mention it: Yes, I know this isn’t actually bruschetta. It’s a nod to a favorite of mine, but it’s certainly not something you’re going to find in classic Italian restaurants. It’s a dessert bruschetta, similar to a dessert pizza.

Why I love this recipe:

This colorful Strawberry Bruschetta was encouraged by that simple question… and the end result was better than I could have even imagined. It shares striking similarities with my mother-in-law’s Easter trifle while becoming a single serving dessert that’s perfect for a party.

Like a trifle, you can make parts of this dessert in advance, like the homemade almond pudding. But you can also make it the day-of, and it’ll be delicious. (We tried it both ways and couldn’t decide which was better.)

You can double or triple the recipe for a crowd if you’re feeding a crowd. You can leave it at the original serving if not. Again, it stores well in the fridge, so if you and yours don’t eat all of it in one round, you won’t have to toss it. It won’t get soggy in the fridge.

Other desserts meant for sharing: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies | Dairy Free Blackberry Cobbler | Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles | Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

Need some dessert inspiration? Head on over to my Dessert Recipe Index for ideas!

Chopped strawberries on a wood cutting board

What do I need to make this Strawberry Bruschetta with Homemade Almond Pudding?

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In addition to these tools and serving piece, you’ll obviously need a few ingredients to make this angel food cake dessert. We’re using a combination of homemade and store-bought ingredients, so this recipe comes together quick:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Kosher salt
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Egg yolks
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure almond extract
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Lemon curd
  • Slivered almonds
  • Angel food cake
  • Unsalted butter

How to make Strawberry Bruschetta with Almond Pudding and Lemon Curd

How to make Homemade Almond Pudding

In a medium saucepan, whisk together powdered sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, heavy whipping cream and egg yolks. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbling. Should take around 6 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue whisking while the mixture cooks.

When finished cooking, pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Stir in butter and almond extract, too.

Press plastic wrap against surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (and up to 3 days.)

Prepare the Rest of the Bruschetta Toppings

When the pudding has refrigerated for the allotted time, prepare the rest of the toppings.

Slice the strawberries, and toss with sugar. Set aside and let macerate for at least 20 minutes so they can get nice and juicy.

Toast the almond slivers in a small skillet over medium-low heat. When golden brown, remove from the heat and let cool.

Prepare and toast the angel food cake. Slice the cake into 14 pieces, and brush both sides with melted butter. Grill the cake on both sides in a grill pan, letting it cook for long enough to where grill marks become apparent on the cake before flipping and repeating. Let the angel food cake piece cool.

Make the Angel Food Cake Dessert

Place the cooled angel food cake slices on a serving platter, and dollop on the chilled almond pudding, spreading with a knife.

Next, add the lemon curd, then top with strawberries and their juice.

Finish with the blueberries, pressing just a few into the pudding, and a sprinkling of toasted almond slivers.

Serve immediately, or let stand in the refrigerator for up to two days!

Slices of Strawberry Bruschetta on a white platter

Frequently Asked Questions

So why are you calling this bruschetta if it’s DESSERT?

You know how dessert pizza is a thing? This is in the same vein. I know it’s not traditional, but my goodness, is it good!

We change it up here by using a loaf of angel food cake as our “bread,” grilling it to get some crispness before layering on a homemade almond pudding, macerated strawberries, blueberries and topping with toasted almond slivers.

Can I make this recipe if I don’t have a grill?

Yes! Our grill is currently defunct, so I used our grill pan to get the beautiful char marks on the angel food cake slices.

If you don’t have a grill pan, toast the angel food cake slices in a toaster oven or a toaster. If you don’t have either of those, toast the slices in the oven.

Two slices of grilled angel food cake with pudding and berries on a white plate

What can I pair with this Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta?

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Scroll down to learn how you can make this goodness at home…

Slices of Strawberry Bruschetta on a white platter
Yield: 14 individual servings

Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Celebrate the summertime with Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta. This dessert bruschetta features a homemade almond pudding, lemon curd, macerated strawberries and blueberries, too! Red, white and blue, these Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta are the perfect dessert to serve to a crowd, whether you're celebrating Memorial Day weekend, July 4th or even Labor Day. Festive, colorful and utterly delicious, this dessert bruschetta is sure to impress!

Ingredients

Almond Pudding

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract

Other Toppings

  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 14 teaspoons lemon curd
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 11 oz. angel food cake, sliced into 14 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

Make the Pudding

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together powdered sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, heavy whipping cream and egg yolks. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbling. Should take around 6 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue whisking while the mixture cooks.
  3. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
  4. Stir in butter and almond extract.
  5. Press plastic wrap against surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (and up to 3 days.)

Prepare the Rest of the Toppings

  1. When the pudding has refrigerated for the allotted time, prepare the rest of the toppings.
  2. Slice the strawberries (if they haven’t been sliced already), and toss with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside and let macerate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Using a small skillet, toast the almond slivers over medium-low heat until a golden brown.
  4. When golden brown, remove from the heat and let cool.
  5. Slice the angel food cake into 14 pieces.
  6. Brush the cake on both sides with melted butter.
  7. On a preheated grill or grill pan, toast the cake on both sides, letting it sit for long enough to where grill marks become apparent on the cake. Flip and repeat.
  8. Remove the angel food slices from the grill/grill pan when both sides have grill marks, and allow time to cool.

Make the Bruschetta

  1. Place the cooled angel food cake slices on a serving platter.
  2. Dollop 1.5-2 tablespoons of chilled pudding onto the angel food cake slices.
  3. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of lemon curd on top of the pudding.
  4. Top that with a tablespoon of strawberries and their juice.
  5. Add blueberries. (I simply pressed a few into the pudding so they would stay put.)
  6. Finish by topping with toasted almond slivers.
  7. Serve immediately, or let stand in the refrigerator for up to two days!

Notes

Make ahead tip: This dessert can be made 1-2 days in advance! Follow the instructions, then cover with plastic wrap and chill until it’s party time. Since the angel food cake has been toasted well, it holds up to the toppings and doesn’t become mush. That said, it can also be made the same day and eaten immediately after putting it together.

If you don’t have a grill pan, toast the angel food cake slices in a toaster oven or a toaster. If you don’t have either of those, toast the slices in the oven.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1 slice bruschetta

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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