Easy Homemade Fruit Bruschetta With Apples – Sweet, Creamy, Tart, and Crisp
Sep 14, 2023, Updated Oct 04, 2023
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Fresh, sweet, creamy, tart, and crisp apple bruschetta is our produce version of an easy snack or appetizer. Made with six easy-to-find ingredients, this fruit bruschetta recipe will surely be a hit with your kids, friends, and family. Not only does it look vibrant and delightful, but it tastes even better.
Apple season is here and we’ve got just the way to use those babies up — in a fruit bruschetta!
This may be a new recipe that you haven’t heard of before, but it makes the best snack or appetizer. It comes together in 10 minutes and doesn’t require any cooking.
Apple bruschetta is sponsored by Envy™ Apple.
If you love creamy, tart, and sweet, all-in-one recipes, you’ll love apple bruschetta just as much as we do.
And you don’t even need any bread so it’s gluten-free, too.
Come find out what all the fuss is about.
What Is Apple Bruschetta?
This is our fresh (and fruit) take on the classic Italian bruschetta recipe. Use thinly sliced Envy™ apples as the base of your bruschetta. They are still sturdy enough to hold up your bruschetta toppings:
- Crumbly gorgonzola
- Butter pecans
- Tart cranberries
- Garnished with a sprinkle of lemon thyme
- Drizzle of honey.
When you evenly arrange the apples on your platter, add the gorgonzola mixture and top it off with green herbs, this appetizer is sure to be a stunner.
Fruit Bruschetta With Apples Ingredients
No cooking required and only six ingredients? Yep, that’s all it takes to impress your co-workers, family, friends, and most importantly… your kids. You can pull this off as a quick snack when dinner takes a little longer than expected or a last-minute appetizer when a few friends pop over unannounced.
Here’s what you’ll need.
1. Envy™ Apples
If you’re looking to elevate an experience, whether it’s a few minutes with your kids for an afternoon snack, or a last-minute chat with friends over a glass of wine, Envy™ wants to be there for those special moments. They increase your everyday experiences because of their incredibly fresh, crisp taste and sweet aroma in every single bite.
Envy™ becomes that nostalgic taste or smell that brings your kids right back to after-school snacks with you, even 20 years from now. Or special celebrations when your kids get a good report card. Use produce to celebrate and get everyone excited about eating more fruits and veggies.
Bleu cheese is actually a category of cheese – which means that other cheeses fall under that type of cheese. Gorgonzola can be made from cow or goat milk and has blue-green veins. It can range in texture from soft and spreadable to firm or crumbly and salty.
Because the bleu cheese family can have a strong flavor, we chose the mildest option: gorgonzola. Gorgonzola gets a starter bacteria added along with a specific type of mold that is safe to eat. Then it’s aged for three to four months to get its classic flavor. The mold that develops in the blue cheese family doesn’t have any toxins in it, so it’s safe to eat.
Honestly, it’s one of our favorite flavors in this fruit bruschetta recipe. The salty and the sweet… mmmm.
Pecans are oblong nuts that are usually brown with dark, rigid streaks on the outside, and they’re easy to chew and chop. Toasted pecans add an extra layer of nutty, buttery flavor. An easy and traditional way to chop these is with a knife. But you can also add them to a food processor, pulse it a few times, and in just a few seconds, you have chopped pecans.
Feel free to put them in the food processor before or after you toast them – whichever way is the easiest for you. Be sure to toast your pecans because that’s how you get the crunchy, buttery bite on your homemade fruit bruschetta.
Dried cranberries look similar to raisins but have a tart yet sweet taste. They’ve been compared to a sweetened lemon flavor. Even though the cranberries are dried, they add a light and bright element to your fruit bruschetta. Paired with gorgonzola cheese and sweet apples, you’ve got all the makings of the perfect bite.
The best thing about using dried cranberries is that they’re affordable and versatile. Even though you’ll have plenty of leftover cranberries, they can always be added to another recipe. Add them to salads, slaw, or biscotti.
5. Lemon Thyme
There are 350 types of thyme. You’ve likely used fresh thyme that you grew in your garden or picked up at the store. Lemon thyme is one type we love because it has the earthy, floral taste but with a subtle zest of lemon. It’s less bitter than traditional thyme and gives your fruit bruschetta a fresh addition without adding lemon juice. It’s pretty amazing the types of food that grow.
You should be able to find lemon thyme by the herbs in the produce section of your grocery store. If they don’t carry it, you can easily order it online and add it to soups, stews, or marinades — along with your apple bruschetta.
A drizzle of honey not only adds a beautiful finishing touch to your fruit bruschetta, but also acts as a glue to help the gorgonzola mixture stay in place. Honey is a natural way to add a layer of sweetness to top off each bite. So you get layers of sweet, then creamy, tart, and crunchy, topped off with an extra hint of sweetness.
There has yet to be any medical research that shows that local honey is better or less pasteurized than store-bought honey. However, if you have a local beekeeper who sells honey, we’re all about supporting the local community. Go right ahead and support your local small businesses. All honey has antioxidants and is a beautiful way to top off your apple bruschetta.
How to Make Fruit Bruschetta With Apples
Step 1: Use a mandolin to slice your apples. Hold the apple in your dominant hand with the stem parallel to your work surface. Firmly grip the mandolin with the other hand as you move the apple back and forth. Repeat with the other apple.
Step 2: Place your apple slices evenly on your serving platter or plate. They shouldn’t overlap, so you have room to add your bruschetta filling on top of each apple slice.
Step 3: Use a large spoon to mix the gorgonzola, pecans, and cranberries in a small mixing bowl until evenly combined.
Step 4: Use a teaspoon to scoop out some of the gorgonzola mixture and place it on top of one of your apple slices. Use the back of the spoon to spread the mixture evenly. Repeat until all of your apple slices are layered with the cheese mixture.
Step 5: Drizzle each fruit bruschetta with honey by moving your hand back and forth from side to side or up to down as you squeeze the bottle. And serve!
How to Select an Apple for Your Fruit Bruschetta
Ready-to-eat apples should feel heavy when you hold them, with firm flesh and smooth, bright red skin. If you see tan or brown streaks or marks near the stem, the apple may have been exposed to damp conditions. If your apple looks ok but feels spongy when you squeeze, it’s overripe. We love to choose individual apples so you can easily check the quality of each fruit for optimal freshness.
How to Properly Store Apple Bruschetta
Since fruit bruschetta is made wholly with fresh ingredients, it isn’t necessarily an ideal make-ahead recipe. However, you can make the filling ahead of time, so all you have to do is slice the apples, add the filling, drizzle with honey, and serve.
Apple bruschetta is best eaten just after it’s made. If you have any leftovers, you can store your bruschetta in an airtight container and eat it the next day.
Alternate Bruschetta Recipes
- Lemon Thyme Bruschetta — Zesty and creamy for a great summer snack.
- Star Fruit Bruschetta — Creamy and sweet with a hint of heat.
- Cherry Bruschetta — A savory take with bell peppers, onions, and cherries.
- Holiday Plum Bruschetta — The perfect mix of sweet, savory, and creamy.
- Mushroom Bruschetta — A hearty version of classic bruschetta.
Why We Love Envy™ Apples
Although Envy™ uses crossbreeding to bring you delectable red apples, they still use natural ways to grow these incredibly unique apples for you and your family. The growers’ Envy™ partners with to give you high-quality apples that wow your taste buds every day are handpicked. Each grower lives in the most ideal environment and uses world-class growing methods. Each and every grower fell in love with Envy™ at first bite and are passionate about delivering the ultimate apple experience straight to you.
Look for Envy™ apples in the produce section to add a fresh, crisp sweetness to your fruit bruschetta.
More Envy™ Recipes We Love
- Blood Orange and Apple Tortilla Pinwheels — sweet, tangy, and easy snack or appetizer
- Apple Blondie Cupcakes — sweet and moist blondies made with fresh apples
- Mexican Apple Salad — chop, mix, and serve for an easy side
- Stacked Apple Waldorf Salad — an updated presentation on a classic salad
- Apple and Carrot Salad — dairy-free but tangy summer salad
- Mandolin optional
- 2 Envy™ apples
- 4 oz crumbled gorgonzola
- 1/4 cup toasted pecans finely chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries finely chopped
- lemon thyme for garnish
- honey to drizzle
- Cut Envy™ apples into thin slices. Place the slices evenly on a serving platter to serve as the "bread", with the stem attached.
- Mix the gorgonzola, pecans, and dried cranberries in a small mixing bowl.
- Place a teaspoon of the mixture in the center of each apple slice and genlty spread evenly.
- Garnish each slice with lemon thyme.
- Drizzle with honey and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.