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June 13, 2018

Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta

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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!

Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta are served on a white platter, sitting atop a white background and a blue buffalo plaid napkin. The bruschetta are surrounded by strawberries, blueberries, lemon curd, pudding and grilled angel food cake, which all go into the making of the bruschetta.

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

She combined a few recipes to make the killer 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.

Grilled angel food cake, with apparent grill marks, sit on a white platter, surrounded by ingredients that will be used to make Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta.

Y’all should know by now how I feel about bruschetta. (If you don’t, let me direct you to my Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta, French Onion BruschettaVegan Tuscan Kale Bruschetta and Grilled Peach Bruschetta for a refresher on my bruschetta LOVE.)

It’s delicious. It’s portable. You can do so much with it… and now, I’ve turned it into dessert.

Because WHY NOT?

Pudding is carefully added to the toasted angel food cake slices for the Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, shown on a white platter, sitting on top of a blue buffalo print napkin

This Patriotic 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 it in advance. 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.

Lemon curd is drizzled on top of the pudding for the Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta.

What is bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an Italian dish that starts with bread, rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Other toppings, obviously, can be added, like tomatoes, vegetables, cured meat, cheese, etc. Bruschetta is an antipasto or starter dish. (You can see many of my variations of this classic Italian appetizer: )

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.

Macerated strawberries are added on top of pudding and lemon curd for the Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, shown on a white platter

Can I make this 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 bruschetta.

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.

Slices of Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, layered and beautiful, are served on a white platter, surrounded by all the ingredients used to make them.

What do I need to make this Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta?

A piece of Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, layered beautifully, is served on a white dessert plate on top of a blue buffalo plaid napkin. Shown with a fork, fresh strawberries and blueberries in the background.

What can I pair with this Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta?

Pinterest graphic for Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, showing the final bruschetta on a white platter, surrounded by strawberries and blueberries

Ready to dive into this recipe?

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

Slices of Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta, layered and beautiful, are served on a white platter, surrounded by all the ingredients used to make them.
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Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta

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!

Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry, bruschetta, dessert, strawberry, summer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 3 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 14 individual servings
Calories 224 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Almond Pudding

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

Other Toppings

  • 2 cups strawberries , sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 14 teaspoons lemon curd
  • 1/4 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!

Recipe 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 <a href="http://amzn.to/2tpkK8v" rel="nofollow">toaster oven</a> or a toaster. If you don’t have either of those, toast the slices in the oven.

Nutrition Facts
Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta
Amount Per Serving (1 bruschetta slice)
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Are you egged on by the question of “why not?” whenever you’re cooking at home?

Will you try a slice of Patriotic Strawberry Bruschetta this summer?

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