Blackberry & Lemon Zest Crostini

blackberry and lemon zest crostini /

Now that it’s nearly summer, I’ve been making more and more things with less and less ingredients. Lately, I’ve been in love with this juicy little blackberry bite – it’s simple, sweet & bright, with an unexpected savory note from the thyme leaves.

These would be beautiful (not to mention ridiculously easy to assemble) for any last minute cocktail party. The only thing missing here: a patio & a few glasses of prosecco. It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere right?

blackberry and lemon zest crostini /

blackberry & lemon zest crostini
  • slices of toasted baguette
  • mascarpone cheese (see vegan version in the notes)
  • blackberries (macerated w/ a pinch of sugar and salt)
  • lemon zest
  • a few thyme leaves
  • drizzle of honey
  • optional - more salt, to taste
  1. Place blackberries in a small bowl, add a pinch (or two) of sugar and a small pinch of salt. Stir, and let sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes. (you can skip this step, it just makes them a bit juicier).
  2. Assemble crostini with a spread of mascarpone cheese, a few blackberries, top with lemon zest.
gluten free version: use toasted gluten free bread or crackers.

vegan version: make cashew "cream": 1.5 cups soaked raw cashews, drain and rinse, then blend (in a high speed blender) with the juice of 1 small lemon, ½ cup water (more as needed), and a few pinches of salt. Blend until creamy, then chill before serving. (Also - skip the honey on top).

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  1. These are so beautiful. As soon as I saw them I thought they would be lovely for a little backyard dinner party, and then there you were suggesting it. Now I just need more patio furniture and I’ll be all set!

    • jeanine from on said:

      ha! (buying patio furniture is the worst :))

  2. Giada from on said:

    These look so nice, such a clever idea!

  3. Baby June from on said:

    Wow elegant! I’ve never tried a sweet crostini but I think I will have to now. Sounds like it would be lovely with fresh blackberries!

  4. That looks so delicious! A perfect summer recipe and very original too!

  5. Adorable! I love blackberries, it’s crazy pants to me that some folks in the states ignore the random blackberry bushes in the yard or even *gasp* kill them!! Man, it must be an Alaskan thing but a teensy, tiny package up them up here is like $8! I would be all over the blackberry bushes if I had some in my yard! 🙂

    • jeanine from on said:

      ha, well we don’t have them growing wildly here either (opposite problem – we have extreme heat – I think berries grow here only for a very short time). They’re pricey but oh so worth it every now and then!

  6. Ahh yes the summer time is when I go simple in the kitchen too, and now you have me craving prosecco 🙂 Beautiful pictures by the way!

  7. chelsea from on said:

    This looks incredibly delicious!

  8. Matt Robinson from on said:

    These are so simple yet really elegant and tasty looking. I love the use of less and less ingredients over the summer, my plan too:)

  9. I love the simplicity. As I am constantly traveling and rebuilding kitchens, I am always on the hunt for quick recipes that will yield amazing results with few ingredients. If it winter wasn’t turning the corner here in Santiago, Chile, I would definitely be making these for fellow travelers.

  10. Kathryn from on said:

    These sound wonderful; I love the combination of creamy cheese and the bright and tart fruit. What a sophisticated little mouthful!

  11. Abigail from on said:

    This looks yummy !

    Does this count as an appetizer or dessert?

    Or breakfast 🙂

    • jeanine from on said:

      ha – I’ll consider it any of those 3 🙂

  12. Leah from on said:

    I love the combination of blackberries and goat cheese – but I have never tried marscapone. What a perfect appetizer for summer!! Yum!

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks! It’s mild like cream cheese (I like it because it’s creamier and easier to spread) – although for a bolder flavor you could use goat cheese.

  13. This is the best idea ever! I could see the blackberries being macerated with a little balsamic too for a more pronounced savory/sweet. Yum!

    • jeanine from on said:

      balsamic would definitely be a tasty addition 🙂

  14. berries and mascarpone with honey – this is a perfect combination..and its always always 5 o’clock somewhere 🙂

  15. These look divine! I love anything that it’s socially acceptable to eat with my hands, and these crostinis are just too cute. I’ve never made cashew cream before, but I’ll definitely have to give it a shot, maybe even with a little agave nectar drizzled overtop.

  16. These look absolutely amazing and so simple! I can’t wait to whip these up this weekend.

  17. amanda from on said:

    YUM!! I love crostinis, seriously they are a perfect food and if i were to ever open a resto it would be one dedicated entirely to crostinis. and tequila. this version looks bomb. roberta’s in brooklyn has a version that’s smoked ricotta, fresh thyme, honey and cracked black pepper that is just so perfect.

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  19. Wowww all of your creations look and sound so heavenly! These are so delish, I can tell….it has all my favorite ingredients in one . 😀

  20. Erin from on said:

    I love your photos, they are gorgeous!!

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