When the strawberries are ripe, it is a sure sign that summer has arrived in New England. These juicy, heart-shaped, scarlet garden berries are genetically related to the garden rose and are best when fresh from the field. Blackberries and blueberries seem to be the best of year-round available fruit and are easy to find organically grown. California grows delightful late spring apricots and the first North-American cherries that hit the market just as strawberries are at their summer solstice best. For a particularly delightful Sunday brunch, toast slices of rye, brioche, country, and raisin pecan bread from a favorite bakery, slather with mascarpone cheese, drizzle with local honey, sprinkle with sea salt flakes, and dot with tiny mint sprigs or lemon thyme. Rustically elegant, this fruit and bread cornucopia pairs perfectly with bubbly. There must be something to celebrate….go ahead and pop the cork!

cuisine Italian
difficulty Simple
ingredients Strawberries
serves 6

Ingredients

12 slices of bread from a variety of mini loaves, or 6 slices of regular sized bread cut in half on the diagonal 4 ounces mascarpone Zest of one lemon A small handful of each: berries, cherries, & stone fruit 2 tablespoons honey Maldon Sea Salt Flakes Fresh lemon thyme leaves and tiny mint leaves, garnish

Directions

  1. Toast the bread slices. Set aside to cool a bit.
  2. Mix the mascarpone with the lemon zest. Generously spread each slice of toast with the mascarpone mix.
  3. Slice each of the fruits thinly (blackberries in thirds, strawberries & apricots in 1/8” slices, cherries in half) and remove the pit if the fruit has one.
  4. Drizzle the fruit topped toasts with the honey, and sprinkle with sea salt flakes and a few leaves of thyme or mint.