Although you might be craving for something comforting and warm these chilly days, these Spiced Maple Apple Crostini would still be a delicious seasonal option for your weekend brunch.
This post was originally published in October 2016. I have taken and updated new photos while the post and recipe remain unchanged.
October or November? Don’t Feel the Difference!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am having quite hectic days this November. Well, even though it’s still October, my days do look like it’s November.
I might be cooking something fancy on weekends, but I always happy to make and eat something simple yet scrumptious. And what could be easier than bruschetta or crostini (We aren’t discussing the options like bread and peanut butter or bread and cheese)?
Crostini – Simple or Sophisticated Food?
This year I’ve enjoyed bruschettas and crostini quite often. You may say I’ve been rather lazy to make more sophisticated food. I’ll tell you this might be a fancy thing. Let me remind you some lovely ideas:
As you can see, I might be partial to fruit kind of toasts.
Spiced Maple Apple Crostini – Perfect Seasonal Treat
This October I created this Spiced Maple Apple Crostini – an absolutely seasonal food. The combo of apples sauteed in butter with maple syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon is truly hearty and earthy! Served over slightly salty cream cheese, the topping is exceptionally delicious.
And would you like a free piece of advice, my friends? Add a little (or not really little) splash of whiskey or bourbon in the sauce. Because you know both whiskey and bourbon work great with maple syrup, apples, and butter. Some things cannot be separated, you know. That’s a little sad that I generated such an awesome idea only while writing this blog post.
But you are going to be smart and add some booze, aren’t you?
Anyways, with or without alcohol, the Spiced Maple Apple Crostini are the perfect seasonal food.
- 7-8 slices baguette
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 2 medium apples, cubed
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- fresh thyme
- In a small pan, melt the butter with the maple syrup over medium heat and simmer for a few minutes until start to thicken. Add the apples, thyme, and the spices and toss to coat. Sauté few minutes or until the apples have stated to soften. Off heat.
- In the meantime, toast the baguette on a dry skillet or in a toaster as desired. Remove from heat and let cool a little.
- Spread the cream cheese over the toasts. Top with the apples and some sauce. Serve immediately.