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Honey. Raspberry. BRIE. Crostini.

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Yep, we’ve got all that and more today. You guys, honest truth? If I could, I would eat this for dinner, lunch or even breakfast, pretty much every day of the week. I adore this crostini. It’s always the simplest of recipes that I love most…okok and the ones with carbs, cheese, and fresh fruit…so typical for me.

When I was doing my bi-weekly recipe brainstorming session the other week my mind was completely focused on three things: fresh eats with veggies, fruits galore, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. Yes, I did say Memorial Day, which I know is a little less than a month out, but my May is jam-packed and I’m trying to be super prepared and organized.

Bottom line? I have warm weather recipes on the brain!

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

This crostini however was not just inspired by a desire for warm weather eats. Nope, this one was mostly inspired by my mom and her love of all things bread, cheese, and raspberries. <–possibly three of her favorite foods…mom…would that be correct?

I know you guys are well aware of this, but a lot of my recipes are inspired by the people around me, aka my family and friends. I love creating recipes that are going to put the biggest, happiest smile on the face of someone I love. It’s my favorite thing in the world.

I knew the second this simple, almost like “oh duh”, idea came to mind that it was one my mom would love…and ask for over and over again. So yes, even though I will be in San Diego for Mother’s Day this year, my mom will somehow, someway, be eating this crostini.

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Here’s how the recipe works. You ready? It’s fast, so keep up. ?

Start off with some really, really good bread. The bread is SO important here as it’s an ample essence to the recipe. I used a rustic loaf that I bought at Whole Foods. Toast the bread in the oven (or on the grill) with just a little olive oil and salt. Then add the brie and melt. Top with fresh raspberries, honey, and a drizzle of lemony basil oil. Finish with flaky sea salt and some watercress for a pop of color.

DONE.

So simple, fast and easy, yet so freaking good. No addictingly good. Trust me, you will not be able to stop and before you know it, your crostini will suddenly have turned into dinner.

Been there, done that. Not sorry about it.

Make this for Mother’s Day, and keep making it from now through summer. Trust me, do it, it is just so good! Hello, crusty bread, brie, raspberries, and honey. Enough said.

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

OK. Doing a complete 360….

I was working on some interview questions over the weekend and one of the questions asked was what I thought set Half Baked Harvest apart from all the other food blogs out there. I said the obvious reason in my mind, my style of recipes. But I also said that I’ve always been very honest and open with you guys, my readers. I have shared so much about me and my life with you all that I feel some of you may know me more than I know myself…if that makes sense, which it doesn’t, but hopefully you get what I’m trying to say here! You guys know me in and out, and I think it has made this blog a fun place for a lot of you to come to everyday, somewhat of a place to escape from your own lives. I know I have my own little escapes!

This got me thinking though, lately I’ve been feeling super anxious and I wondered if any of you ever feel this way when you’re stressed about things or have some bigger, or unfamiliar, things on the horizon? I’ve always struggled with anxiety and while I know I am not alone, it’s still not easy. With the release of the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, and some other fun projects in the works, I’m all things excited and anxious at the very same time. Anyone else get those feelings?

Anyway, totally random I know, but I just want to share a little of what’s going in my head!

One thing that always helps me? Talking about it…and then cleaning….and then making toast with brie and raspberries for my mom and I while I pretend everything else in the world doesn’t exist for ten minutes. Obviously ?.

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 470 kcal

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Ingredients

Basil Oil

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle the toast with salt. Transfer to the oven and cook 5 minutes and then flip the bread and add the brie to each piece. Return to the oven and cook 5 more minutes.  
    3. Transfer the bread to a serving board. Top with raspberries, drizzle with honey and basil oil (recipe below). Top with watercress. EAT.

Basil Oil

  • 1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed. Serve with the crostini.
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Honey Raspberry Brie Crostini with Basil Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday night crostini dinner. Yes and YES.

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  1. This is my dream crostini!! So, so pretty – I could eat this every single day of summer 🙂

  2. Tieghan these crostini are so beautiful! It’s hard to beat fresh bread, melty cheese and juicy berries! Well, peanut butter and chocolate are up there too haha.

    I experience anxiety as well (being a perfectionist doesn’t help), so I completely understand how you’re feeling. Exercising, eating and drinking healthily, getting enough sleep, and getting a few good laughs in every day help a lot. I know you’re probably doing most of those already 🙂 But girl, you’re super talented and have nothing to worry about! Just keep doing what makes you most happy and everything will fall into place.

    1. SO happy you like it Elizabeth! Thank you!

      Thanks a ton! I’m working on it! Means a lot to hear from my readers (:

  3. You’re definitely not alone with the anxiety! Keeping busy with things I’m passionate about helps me focus my thoughts, but anxiety is something I live with on a daily basis. This recipe is so pretty and you sound like a really sweet daughter!

    1. Keeping busy is how i get through it mostly! Cool to hear i’m not alone (:
      Thanks Natasha!

  4. This looks delicious. I’m thinking this would be perfect for my oldest daughter’s bridal luncheon. Just have to find what fresh fruit would be good in December in Georgia!!

    I understand about your anxiety issue. I am the mother of a special needs child and some days I feel like “anxiety” is my middle name. I live 1 1/2 hours from my mom and sister, but cell phones are a wonderful invention. I can call to ask advice, vent or just cry. They are wonderful sounding boards for me. Also, cooking is VERY relaxing for me. That is something my husband and I love to do…..just AFTER our 11 year old is in bed!!! ?

    1. So happy you like it Mandy!
      That must be hard sometimes but having a way to deal with the anxiety is what matters! Sounds like you have your people (:
      Hope you enjoy, thanks Mandy!

  5. Sometimes I feel like you’re my spirit animal. Today is one of those days!
    I also have experienced terrible anxiety. It started when I was about your age… Being outside really helps me, like going for a walk or run. I also enjoy reading to take my mind off things 🙂

    Although I just found your blog, it’s funny how much I feel like I know you! I am the oldest of a large family and my sister is 12 years younger than me. I used to love cooking/baking for her when my parents were out and about. That’s when I also realized I loved to make yummy food!!

    Thanks for sharing amazing recipes and so much about yourself for us to read along. And BRIE <3

    1. Hi!! Going on a hike totally helps me to!!
      I love that you can get to know me so well through my blog (:
      Thank you so much for reading/making my recipes! Hope to hear more from you Libby!

  6. Easy recipes like this are so perfect during the warmer months when you don’t want to stand in a hot kitchen. Now, I just spring to get here.

  7. You give each day 110%–the readers know this and appreciate it.
    Thanks for sharing your life on your hilltop sanctuary.
    But we also enjoy your adventures.

  8. There’s so much to adore about this crostini!! What a mouthwatering mix of ingredients!

  9. I love the combo of fresh fruit and cheese YUM! I could totally have this for ALL the meals in a day. And I COMPLETELY understand about the anxious thing. I work my brain up all day long and that’s why I run/lift because it literally clears my head! Annnndddd not that it’s important or relevant, but I had a meeting last week and I could FEEL my face turning beet red as I talked! GAH! You are not alone!

    1. Thanks Amanda!! The anxiety is no fun! But having ways to get rid of it is nice!
      Were in it together! haha (:

  10. I love this combination. This Creamy appetizer brie with the sweet touch of the honey and the drizzle of fresh basil oil. Great and easy appetizer!

  11. ah, brie… I can’t even, I’m addicted to brie and camembert. must be all that french blood in my veins!!

  12. I love this! I’ll start looking out for early raspberries. The basil oil is genius! I’ve always had anxiety too, the worst was in my early twenties, but around 23 it got much better. Now, when I feel restless, I read food blogs. Yours is my favourite. It distracts me, lifts my mood, and also helps me remember to keep eating when my stomach is filled with stress.