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Cranberry Nut Mascarpone Crostini with Maple Sugar Glaze

Cranberry Nut Crostini with Maple Balsamic Glaze

  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Additional Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 crostini 1x
  • Cuisine: American and Italian


Units Scale
  • 1 long, thin loaf of French or Italian bread, sliced on an angle, about 1/3” thick
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries (or frozen, thawed out)
  • Softened butter
  • 1 small container of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • Sugar (about 1/3 cup or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts, chopped, I used pecans
  • 1/2 cup of raisins

Maple Sugar Glaze

  • 4 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, for sprinkling over the top
  • mint leaves


  1. Slice the baguette of bread into 1/2″ slices on an angle. Spread some softened butter on top of each slice.
  2. Using the broiler in your oven, broil the bread slices until golden in color . . . this happens fairly fast (in less than 5 minutes), so keep your eyes on these so thy don't burn. Remove from the oven when golden.
  3. Set the mascarpone cheese out to come to room temperature. When that is finished, in a small bowl, add sugar to the mascarpone cheese to taste, and with a fork stir it up really good.
  4. In a small sauce pan, bring the maple syrup, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar to a boil. Then turn down the heat and simmer until foamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Spread the sweetened mascarpone cheese on top of each toasted bread slice.
  6. Place each slice on a baking sheet and return to the oven on 350 dgrees (the oven should still be warm), and allow the cheese to melt for about a minute or two. Remove from the oven when the cheese is a warm, soft consistency and not runny melted.
  7. Sprinkle cranberries, raisins, and nuts all over the mascarpone cheese.
  8. Sprinkle some brown sugar and a mint leaf on top of each crostini.
  9. Drizzle with maple sugar glaze.
  10. Serve WARM and enjoy! Buon Appetito!

Keywords: crostini, cranberries, cranberry, Christmas, Thanksgiving, appetizer, dessert, finger food,

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