Warm Pear-Raspberry Bruschetta

Photo: Lisa Hubbard

Caramelizedpears and fresh raspberriescover warm cinnamon toastspread with mascarpone.


  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 6 tablespoons sugar

  • 4 slices Italian or French bread, cut on diagonal

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 ripe but firm Bartlett pears

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • ½ cup raspberries


  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Toast bread until golden, and spread with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar, and set aside.

  2. Peel, core, and slice pears into 3/4-inch-thick wedges, and toss with lemon juice. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and remaining cinnamon-sugar, and cook until caramelized and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, and swirl until caramel in pan is saucy.

  3. Spread mascarpone on cinnamon toast, and top with sauteed pears, caramel, and raspberries.

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