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Friday, May 6, 2011

Apple Brie Crostini

Guitar takes all my free time away from cooking.
Yes. Guitar. Boo.

Look at this beauty! How could you resist!?
I played it back in high school and now I'm trying to get better at it. This pretty girl (yes, I just called it a girl!) is my first acoustic guitar. ever. The first day I got it I was like a little kid who just got a new toy. Played and played and played tirelessly until the finger tips couldn't take it anymore. So, I took a break and realized I totally ignored my cooking and probably the Hub's and Bella's well-being.

After passing the honeymoon period of the guitar, I was able to manage my time a little bit better. I baked Patty's chocolate banana marble cake, and this easy yet elegant appetizer. I have to give you warning that this crostini is addicted. You will make it over and over again just like I've done. I got the idea from one of my favorite brunch cafes. They have apple brie panini and I figure this is so simple that I can make my own and add or cut anything I like or dislike. I made it at a tea party with my girlfriends, friend gathering party, and my niece first birthday. Every single person who have tried loves it. You will also get a "wow", "pretty", or "taste great" from your crowd.

Brie and apple go so well together and lavender syrup brings everything together smoothly. You can prepare it ahead of time and will take a few mins to finish on a day of. When I "catered" (I pretended I catered for 30 people for the event), I cut baguette ahead of time, and put them in ziplock. I sliced apple and squeezed lemon juice to prevent from browning; put it in a fridge. I even cut brie and used parchment paper to layer it. Lavender syrup is of course can be prepared ahead of time and keep in a container. This appetizer is perfect for a Mother's day dinner :-) Don't forget to tell your mom you love her! Although Thai Mother's Day is different month but I guess I can still tell my mom I love her (wink).

Let's talk about Patty's cake a little bit. When I first saw it on her blog, it looked so great that I wanted to try it. So, I did. As a newbie baker, something went wrong. I mean it tastes wonderful but the chocolate part doesn't taste right. I figured out what went wrong. I forgot to mix chocolate with some of the non-chocolate mixture! Well, that was my guess. I will redo to get the right marble soon!

Brie Apple Crostini
Note: please adjust portion due to the party size accordingly
For this below yields about 10 slices

10 sliced crosswise baguette
1 apple, cored, thinly sliced
10 sliced ripe brie
1 tsp dried lavender
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (add more if you like sweet)

  • Put a small sauce pan on medium heat to make lavender syrup. Add water, sugar, and lavender. Bring it to boil and simmer until it looks syrupy. Don't take it out too soon because we want to develop lavender flavor.
  • Lay sliced baguette on baking sheet and run it under broiler just until a bit toasted.
  • Place sliced brie on top of the toast and run under broiler again for a few mins.
  • Place sliced apple on top and drizzle with lavender syrup.
  • That's it!
Sliced apple with lemon juice


Lavender syrup

before being drizzled by lavender syrup

I couldn't resist so I took a bite!

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Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Tanantha, your apple Brie crostini looks good and is on my 'to try list'! I like the drizzle of lavender syrup over the apples.
Thanks you for trying the banana chocolate marble cake, it looks scrumptious and thanks for your kind mention.
I didn't realize by looking at the photo what was wrong!
I hope my instructions were clear, I will go over and check out what I wrote because you are the second person who made the bread and had a problem with the chocolate;-(
When I write recipe instructions sometimes I think that everybody understands what to do but that is not always the case!
Oh this comment could almost be a chapter in a book, better stop. Have a good weekend;-)

Magic of Spice said...

I love, love the combination of apple and brie...what a great idea as a crostini :)

Anonymous said...

Apple and brie are a wonderful combination, and I like the addition of lavender, nice.

Angie's Recipes said...

Love those crostinis! So fresh and delicious! Love the use of Brie.

Jessie said...

Hey Tanantha! Your apple brie crostinis look so delicious! Apple and brie and a winning combo on their own, but you took it over the top with your lavender syrup - how creative! I never would have thought of trying it, much less making it on my worn! This looks like a nice, simple appetizer for a dinner party (although I shiver at the thought of preparing food for 30 people!!). Wonderful, as always, Tanantha :)

Happy Mother's Day to your mom!

Z-Tawan said...

They look so good and they seem easy enough for my culinary skill :) Btw, I love your site. It looks so refreshing!

Faith said...

Your crostini sounds really fantastic! I bet that lavender syrup adds so much to the dish...I can just imagine its lovely scent! By the way, my mom plays acoustic guitar...I've always wanted to learn how to play! :)

LeQuan said...

I remember seeing that cake pic on your FB. Honestly, I didn't see anything wrong with it. Two thumbs up to you for trying Patty's recipe. Her skills are way beyond mine so I get nervous at even the thought of trying. I have a love-hate relationship with certain recipes. Love the sounds and looks of them, but hate when they're above my skill level. Some of your recipes fit into that category. Teehee. You're such an inspiration, Tanantha. Keep up the great recipes. Your guitar IS a real beauty. I'm sure hubby and Bella understood the neglect for a bit.
Love the combination of apples and Brie. Now this is one recipe I think I could handle. Teehee. The lavender syrup sounds wonderful. Another lovely recipe, Tanantha.
Oh and when the time is right "it" will happen ;)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Love brie and apples or pears but the lavender syrup brings it up a notch. SO clever I would not have thought of it.

Spicie Foodie said...

Oh Tanantha you always have the best little bite recipes. I can't wait to try your crostini, I love brie and apples together and the addition of the lavender syrup sounds heavenly.
I'm sure you will be rocking out very soon with your new guitar :) Your take on Patty's bread looks good, I don't see any mistakes.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Apples and brie are always a delicious combination, and you've made it even better with a drizzle of lavender! I was finally able to comment, Yay :)

Roxana GreenGirl said...

What a great idea for crostini. Love the apple brie combo. Thanks for sharing Tanantha.
I have Patty's banana chocolate bread on my to do list. Your look great, couldn't tell you had some problems with the chocolate.

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