Strawberry Crostini with Sweet Mascarpone Cream
At the local farmers’ market I picked up several baskets of fresh strawberries. Their distinctive fragrant aroma was irresistible and lured my nose over to the vendors’ tables full of bright red strawberries. I knew exactly what I wanted to make with these ruby gems when I got home . . . Strawberry Crostini with Sweet Mascarpone Cream!
A perfect way to satisfy my obsession with strawberries!
This Italian dessert pairs a sweet mascarpone cream with strawberries topped on toasted bread coated with cinnamon-sugar. The final element that takes this over the top and ever so delightful is a drizzle of sweet Balsamic Vinegar Glace.
The flavors are fresh, bright and just . . . heavenly!
Strawberry Crostini are great finger foods for a brunch buffet. They can also be served as either an appetizer or dessert. Either way, I guarantee they will be a hit with your family and friends!
One of the great things about using mascarpone cheese sweetened with sugar is that this layer is much more firm, but still soft on top of the crunchy cinnamon-sugar toasts. Using whipped cream alone doesn’t hold up to the weight of the strawberries on top which just end up toppling off and well . . . it’s just a mess.
If you love whipped cream (as we do!), simply have a bowl of some for others to dollop on top of their crostini.
This is a great recipe where everything can be made in advance. The ingredients are kept separately and then put together just before serving. Keep the mascarpone and strawberries refrigerated for up to 24 hours. You don’t want the strawberries to be mushy! Keep the toasted bread at room temperature.
Here are the recommendations that I use:
How To Make Strawberry with Sweet Mascarpone Cream Crostini
First toast the bread (I do this in the 350 degree oven, toasting many slices at the same time, but you can also use a toaster for a few at a time).
After nicely toasted, spread butter on both sides of the toasted bread.
Place the buttered toast on a wire rack in a baking pan.
Strawberry and Mascarpone Cheese Crostini
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Sweet, creamy mascarpone topped with fresh strawberries in a delicious syrup make the perfect match for a springtime crostini. Fantastic for a brunch or a dessert, this recipe is so easy to whip up and assemble in just minutes! You'll soon find this to be your go-to strawberry recipe every spring when strawberries are ripe!the perfect match for jammy roasted strawberries.
- 1 loaf of Italian bread, sliced diagonally
- butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 16 oz. strawberries (1 large basket), sliced into 1/2″ chunks
- 1 cup strawberry syrup
- Thick Balsamic Vinegar Glaze to drizzle over crostini
- Garnish: Sprigs of Mint or Basil
- Slice bread diagonally.
- Toast in the oven for a few minutes only, flip over and toast again.
- Spread butter on both sides of bread.
- Sprinkle with mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
- Broil for a few minutes on each side; do not burn.
- Cool completely and set aside.
- Mix sugar into mascarpone cheese.
- Spread a big dollop on each slice of bread.
- Cut up strawberries.
- Gently fold the cut up strawberries into the strawberry syrup.
- Top each mascarpone-covered crostini with the strawberry mixture.
- Garnish with fresh sprigs of mint or basil.
OPTIONAL: Drizzle good quality, thick and sweet Balsamic Vinegar Glaze over each crostini.
- Serving Size: 6 servings
Keywords: strawberry crostini, crostini, strawberry, strawberries
Now this is taking strawberries to the next level – so glad you shared…
I can’t tell you how much I like this post. I’m on a hunt for the strawberries in syrup. 🙂
I have mascarpone in the fridge waiting for its moment, local strawberries from the market….
How cool that you were able to touch base with an old friend through your blogs!!!
Thanks for posting this – now that local strawberries are in the market I shall have to give this one a try (sans Italian Fragole strawberries in syrup – so it won’t be quite as good).
What a small world it is! Your crostini is gorgeous, with those luscious strawberries. 🙂
Lovely idea…I always think of crostini as savory. This is serving strawberries in heaven!
this is beyond amazing. It screams fresh and sweet and looks mouth-watering! SO glad to see a post from you. I always enjoy them
What a lovely treat, sadly our strawberry season is over here already, much too short.
Sweet juicy local strawberries with rich creamy mascarpone are just a heavenly combo! These crostini look amazing, Roz.
Thank you Angie, it’s a simple, easy, and delicious treat!
Roz, we love your recipes and who doesn’t love mascarpone and strawberries? Great combo! Love this! And Pinning!
Thank you so much you two! I love all of your recipes and admire your authenticity and creativity in your recipes that you share!
These are perfect for tomorrow to bring to my sons for the Red White and Blue weekend I am putting some blueberries on top to create the theme thanks for this delicious idea!
That is so wonderful Claudia! Please let me know how they turned out for you….I love adding the blueberries for a patriotic theme!
Have everything at hand to make this beauty for our breakfast tomorrow ! Grazie milla ¨!
Prego bella amica! I’d love to know how they turned out!
Stay safe my friend,
Most of the crostinis that I see are savory. I Love the creamy sweetness of these. Mascarpone and sweet strawberries have my mouthwatering.
Hi MJ, Yes, you’re right, almost every recipe is savory, so this is a nice change for finger food desserts. Hope you’re doing well and staying safe and happy my friend!
Easy to make and so refreshing!
Yum, what a great recipe. The strawberries look so red, ripe, and delicious! This is a recipe that I will save and try as soon as I get some strawberries.
Thanks for your kind compliments, I appreciate them since they are from such an experienced chef!
Be safe and healthy, Judee,
im trying it tomorrow! for sesert with pesto chicken!!, i use A LOT, of your cookie rceipes,
can i just use sugar to toss the strawberries or maybe puree some and add some sugar to it to make a syrup?
have you ever tried this with blueberries???
You have some really good questions! First, yes do toss the strawberries with sugar (I like to do that too!) and make a great syrup if you prefer. There are so many ways to make these. I like a good syrup too! Either way, it’s so yummy!!
Actually, I’ve never tried this with blueberries, and I can just imagine how good that would taste!
If you take a picture, I’d love to share it on the blog and newsletter (anonymously of course). Everyone loves to hear what others think and any of their own personal changes that they made (such as your suggestions!).
Let me know and please stay safe!!!!
hope the pix shows
shared it with a couple of neighbors everyone liked it. think i will cut the bread thinner next time.
definitely add the baslamic glaze but is just as good with out.
making the ricotta cheese cookies today also asked for by neighbors!
Hi Christine! I wish your photo showed up but alas, it didn’t. Send it to me via email or on Facebook! I love those ricotta cookies and your neighbors are going to be so happy and grateful for you baking them ! Wow, what a gift!
Also your bruschetta all the time! im looking for a caprese recipe also!
I’m so glad that you enjoy the bruschetta recipe! It is truly delicious and a real keeper. My sister-in-law gave me her recipe and I’ve never used another. I’m happy to share it with you and everyone else. Cooking is love!
There are several Caprese recipes on the blog . . . one for the classic version . . . one for a ‘salad’ version . . . and one for a beautiful new way to present. Each of them is excellent! I just make sure to use fresh from the garden tomatoes and not the rubbery ones sold in a store.
Here are the links so you don’t have to go searching for them:
Caprese (Classic) https://www.italianbellavita.com/2011/07/real-deal-insalata-caprese-authentico/
Caprese Salad (tossed version): https://www.italianbellavita.com/2009/06/caprese-salad-with-grape-tomatoes/
Caprese Salad with A Fresh New Presentation: https://www.italianbellavita.com/2017/07/caprese-salad-fresh-new-presentation/
Let me know how it goes and don’t forget to sent me photos if you can. They don’t have to be professional at all!
Blessings and please stay safe!
and thanks for the links!
just had that the other day but not with the good tomatoes! they are not ripe yet! i put mine on a burger
The bruschetta Christine?
This is so delicious! My friend in France would just press strawberries onto bread with a fork, but I much prefer the butter and marscapone! Love it!
Hi Chef Mimi,
Oooh, that’s a tough choice. I’d just have to have some prepared both ways!