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Berry Almond Bruschetta

 Berry Almond Bruschetta
I've made Italian-style bruschetta as an appetizer for years, but this berry version is unbeatable! It can be served both as a snack and as a dessert.
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons almond paste
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 12 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups mixed fresh berries
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Place the first eight ingredients in a food processor; cover and
  • process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Lightly brush both sides of bread with butter; place on an ungreased
  • baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes on each
  • side or until golden brown. Spread cream cheese mixture over toast;
  • top with berries and sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 176 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.