Today something fun and summery! I am joining my very talented dear friend Annie Diamond of the inspiring blog, Most Lovely Things on her Tartine Tuesday. I have a delicious and easy recipe for you to enjoy the summer fruit bounty in a very French way…
A tartine is what Americans would call an open-face sandwich- similar to avocado toast or bruschetta. I love the idea of experimenting and seeing what creative things you can make with it. My grandmother made similar sandwiches with Rykrisp crackers for lunch for us when we were kids and we would choose turkey or cheese and or cottage cheese and fruit.
When Annie asked me to join her, I immediately thought of all the beautiful fruit we’ve been getting from neighbors and my dad. Aren’t they pretty?
This time of year, we are spoiled living in California. I have had more than one neighbor leave me fruit on the doorstep. My dad grows his own peaches, and apricots. These pretties have been sitting on the counter and we can only eat so much fruit .. This is a good way to use more of it!
If you don’t have neighborhood fruit, try and make your way to a local Farmer’s Market and grab some seasonal fruit there. I promise you won’t regret it, and it’ll be better than anything you can buy in most stores.
You can use what is in your refrigerator. I used a day old baguette, or you can try a nicer loaf of french bread.
It’s even easy for kids to do a version of this. They can use the toaster with sliced bread and give them a few fun ingredients to make their own versions for breakfast. Seems a great way to get them to experiment with new ingredients in a sort of beginner’s cooking.
I used ricotta cheese. You could also do a whipped cream cheese, or the new cottage cheeses with probiotics would be a good idea.. There are vegan cheese options too..The possibilities are endless.
I sliced my apricots and plums and then simply toasted my baguette ( Watsonville’s Sumano’s Bakery sour dough with seeds-so good) cut side down in a skillet for a few minutes checking with tongs so as not to burn.
I waited for them to cool, spread the ricotta, layer with sliced plums or cream apricots ( a new varietal I just saw at Whole Foods), a drizzle of honey on one of them- for those who wanted a bit more sweetness, and then a nice sprinkle of sliced almonds because I always want nuts in everything.
Summer Fruit Tartine
- 1 baguette You can use any baguette or day old french bread.
- 1/2 C ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, or cream cheese. You could also do this with goat cheese.
- 1/2 C Sliced almonds for garnishing
- 1-4 slices fresh plums, apricots, peaches or seasonal summer fruit.
- 1 tsp honey to drizzle (optional)
- Slice plums, apricots, peaches or any seasonal stone fruit. Slice baguette longways and then in thirds. Toast baguette over a medium heat in a skillet, slice side down until lightly golden, checking with tongs often. When cooled spread ricotta cheese, top with sliced fruit, drizzle with a thin stream of honey, and sprinkle with sliced almonds. To serve slice baguettes in smaller portions.
The best way to eat these in the summer is outside with a cup of tea or coffee enjoying some fresh air and nature. Start the day slowly and savor each bite!
Have you made a tartine? I’d love to hear below what variations you make or what is your favorite?
Now please pop over to Annie’s beautiful blog and see what tartine she has to share this week..
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