DeeDee Dalrymple, hostess extraordinaire and author of Effortless Entertaining, offers a new appetizer to serve this spring and summer.

Do you want to make your girls’ get-together extra special? Look no further! This Fruit Bruschetta is a scrumptious hors d’oeuvre or a sweet side. Make plenty – your guests will want more! Be on the lookout for this recipe in a full Brunch Menu perfect for your Memorial Day House Party and all the summer weekends to follow!

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Serves 8       Adapted from Bon Appétit


4 black plums or nectarines, halved, pitted, thinly sliced 
2 cups cherries, pitted, halved 
4 tbsp sugar, divided 
2 tbsp olive oil, divided 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 cup whole-milk ricotta 
1 baguette, sliced, toasted


Combine fruit, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp olive oil, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Let sit for approx 15 min.

Whisk ricotta and 2 tbsp sugar until smooth.

Spread ricotta on toasted baguette slices. Top with a slice of plum and half a cherry. Drizzle with juices from fruit, optional.


  • Fruit and ricotta may be prepared 1 day in advance. Cover each and chill. Bring fruit to room temperature prior to serving.
  • If fresh cherries are not available, frozen or canned can be substituted.
  • Recipe also works with 2 cups strawberries, cored and halved, and 2 cups blueberries.

DeeDee is the author of Effortless EntertainingOpen Your Home, Open Your Heart, and Give the Gift of Hospitality, your complete and beautiful guide for entertaining easily and graciously in your home with inspiring ideas and practical resources. DeeDee also speaks to groups of women sharing her Ten Steps To Effortless Entertaining.

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