Friday, 21 July 2017

Caprese Bruschetta on Melba Toast

Post in collaboration with Iceland Foods


Italian flavours come to the fore in a quick and easy recipe that works equally well as a Summer breakfast, brunch or appetiser. Caprese Bruschetta combines Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil atop crunchy Five Grain & Seed Melba Toast drizzled with Balsamic. Bellissimo!


Buongiorno! That's how they say Good Morning in Italy and as I'm just back from a fantastic fortnight's family holiday in Lake Garda it's an appropriate way to start this post. Particularly as I'm sharing an Italian inspired recipe which is perfect to kickstart your morning. When it comes to breaking my fast I'm all about the carbs. Give me bread and LOTS of it! I've been working with the guys at Iceland foods for over 18 months now helping to bust some myths about frozen foods and showcasing the range of products they stock. Like me you might have been under the misconception that they only sold frozen food. Wrong! There's also a great selection of chilled, fresh and store cupboard staples on offer including their own brand Luxury range of bread, cakes and morning goods.


There is nothing quite as comforting or appetising as freshly baked bread, with the scent being voted one of the UK’s favourites. Iceland have recently relaunched their range of Luxury bakery products which are all made using traditional methods at a family run bakery and delivered instore fresh every day. Crafted using the highest quality ingredients by skilled bakers these new luxury breads have been created using a slow dough method to give rich and intense flavours. During this process, the ingredients can ferment for up to 16 hours, the greater flavours are worth the wait. I headed down to my nearest Iceland Food store at Aberdeen Beach Retail park to check out the revamped bakery offering. A poster in the window advertising the new range told me that 'Great Taste Takes Time'. Admittedly I'd left it rather late in the day to shop and the shelves were somewhat depleted - the early bird catches the loaf - but I still managed to pick up a great selection of products. Croissants, Cheese Topped Rolls, Five Grain and Seed Rolls, Plain Folded Flatbreads, Brioche Rolls, Soft White Bread Rolls and the very last Five Grain and Seed Batch Loaf. Now it was time to get creative and come up with a bread based brunch recipe. 


With the sunshine and flavours of Italy still fresh in my mind I wanted to do something with an Italian twist. During our fortnight in Lake Garda we had eaten a lot of Pizza and Pasta but I discounted them in favour of something more simple yet equally Italian. Tomato and Mozzarella. The two really are a match made in heaven. Combine them with Basil and you have Caprese. Add some bread into the mixture and you have Bruschetta. Yup I'm basically sharing the recipe for the Italian flag on toast! Usually served as an appetiser, the combination of these two Italian classics works really well as a lazy brunch dish for Saturdays, Sundays and Summer Holidays. Week three of the school holidays here and my kids have yet to surface at a time which their first meal of the day could legitimately be called breakfast! I absolutely love Melba Toast but don't make it nearly often enough. Up until now I've always used the cheapest of the cheap white loaf however having now used slices of the Five Grain & Seed Batch Loaf there's no going back. It was just so good. The texture from the crispy grains and seeds - rye, spelt and wheat grains, sunflower seeds, brown and golden linseed - make awesome toast, melba or regular. Combined with the fresh delicate flavour of Mozzarella and the sweetness of vine ripened tomatoes you'll have a truly Bellissimo Italian inspired brunch.

Warning! You may wish to go easy on (or omit) the garlic at breakfast time. When I made this for myself and my son I was a wee bit heavy handed. Suffice to say we kept the vampires at bay all day!


Caprese Bruschetta on Melba Toast
Serves 2

3 slices of Iceland Luxury Five Grain & Seed Batch Loaf
150g Fresh Mozzarella
4 Vine Ripened Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Balsamic Vinegar
Black Pepper
Olive Oil
Clove of Garlic

Preheat your grill and toast the bread on each side.
Use a serrated knife to cut off the crusts and carefully slice horizontally through the toast to give two thin slices. 
Cut each slice diagonally in half then toast the uncooked side of the triangles until crispy 
They will curl up a little at the edges but this is normal.
Meanwhile slice the Mozzarella cheese and the tomatoes.
Drizzle each slice of melba toast with oilve oil. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the cut side onto the top of each.
Top each toast triangle with a slice of Mozzarella, a Basil leaf and a slice of Tomato.
Serve with freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.


For further breakfast and brunch inspiration using Luxury Bakery products from Iceland Foods do check out the following recipes from my blogging BFF's.



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www.foodiequine.co.uk Italian flavours come to the fore in a quick and easy recipe that works equally well as a Summer breakfast, brunch or appetizer. Caprese Bruschetta combines Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil atop crunchy Five Grain & Seed Melba Toast drizzled with Balsamic. Bellissimo!


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37 comments :

  1. This bruschetta looks delicious and so flavourful. I've been pleasantly surprised by all the lovely fresh bread at Iceland! It's a nice well-considered selection.

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    1. I've popped most of the rest of my bakery haul in the freezer for now but we used the folded flatbreads the other night with BBQ kebabs.

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  2. What a yummy brunch. It looks really good, but easy to make!

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    1. Good food doesn't have to be fancy or hard work if you use good quality ingredients.

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  3. Yum! This looks delicious :) Iceland has got a fantastic selection of fresh bread products, I particularly love their crumpets!

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    1. Alas there were no crumpets left! I'll need to get there earlier next time...

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  4. These look fantastic. Bruschetta is always a favorite appetizer in my family.

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    1. It's just one of those dishes that is never going to go out of fashion.

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  5. I love bruschetta! Especially this time of year when the tomatoes are so fresh :) We don't have this bread here, but it looks delicious and when I'm next at my in-laws I'll be sure to try it!

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    1. There is nothing better than a perfectly ripe fresh tomato - must be room temp though, definitely not straight out of the fridge!

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  6. Oh yum! That looks amazing! I just got back from my holiday in Italy and all we did was eat Caprese.

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    1. Definitely a healthier option than all the Pizza and Pasta that I ate!

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  7. "Recipe for the Italian flag on toast"—LOL! I love caprese, but I've never tried it on toast. Sounds delicious! Your vacation to Lake Garda must've been dreamy...how great to preserve the memory with food created in your kitchen.

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    1. We had such a good holiday. A lovely area of the world and amazing food. What's not to like?!

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  8. I love italian food, especially caprese, caprese anything... I've heard a lot of bad things about the chorley method so this slow risen bread must be good

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    1. Definitely time for us to get back to basics and traditional methods of bread making.

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  9. I'm a sucker for a delicious bruschetta, I love that such a small number of simple ingredients can taste so good, as long as the tomatoes are good and ripe and there's fresh basil to lift it all! Yum!

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    1. The end product is definitely greater than the sum of the parts!

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  10. Love the juicy, soft and crispy textures with this classic flavour combo!

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    1. Yup you pretty much have all possible textures going on in this.

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  11. Sounds delicious. I like this sort of thing in the evening too, when I can't be bothered to cook a full meal but want something light to nibble on.

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    1. Yup - I love a dinner of picky bits!

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  12. Sometimes the simple food in Italy is the best food. The ingredients there are among the best in the world. It's great that you could recreate the experience at home.

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    1. I couldn't take the sun home so I took the foodie influence!

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  13. We always order bruschetta whenever we gout for family dinners. Everyone in my family loves it. I will try your recipe.

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    1. Such fresh flavours and the perfect way to start a meal

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  14. Those are beautiful-- and so simple. What a great party appetizer!

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  15. What a delicious looking snack idea, and it's so easy to make too! Thank you for bringing it to #CookBlogShare:)

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    1. Thanks for hosting the roundup #cookblogshare

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  16. A summer Caprese is my favorite thing! And I love that you used melba toast in this!

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    1. The contrast of textures works SO well!

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  17. I love, love, love Iceland Food Luxury breach range and many a brunch have featured them.

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  18. Bellissimo indeed! Looks fab Claire, can't wait to make the recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Jane - hope you enjoy it as much as we did

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  19. Every single post of yours is a "commissioned by...", it really is the worst form of Blog there is. Truly dreadful.

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