Get ready for toasty cheese, layers of fruit, and pungent jams. These two crostini are a simple, elegant festive appetizer for Mother’s Day. Or for any day when you just feel like snacking. They’re so good, you’ll want to face plant into them.

All you need is a baguette, two fruits, two cheeses, two jams, and a baking sheet. This appetizer serves up sweet and savory, and takes very little time to whip together.

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Inspired by one of my kid’s favorite afterschool snacks — apples and cheese — these simple, yet elegant crostini appetizers are so easy, even my children make them (under my hovering eagle eye, duh).

The apple crostini starts with thin slices of gouda cheese. Apples are a natural pairing with most cheese and play particularly well with the nutty, almost sweet gouda. I love dolloping a little fig preserve to round out the flavors. Figs have a deep, jammy flavor that pairs well with most cheeses, too. I always serve extra fig preserves on the side — it’s a crowd favorite! Try these alongside a full-bodied West Coast chardonnay for the ultimate creamy, buttery experience.

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The pear crostini are a dedication to Harry & David’s epic pears. Sharp cheddar cheese, pears, and (surprise!) jalapeño pepper jelly are an orbital combination that will have everyone at the party completely freaking out. I always finish my crostini with a sprinkling of fresh herbs like mint or basil for a pop of freshness and color. Try these alongside an Oregon pinot noir, a natural pairing with pears.

The best part about these crostini is that all the components can be assembled in advance, making these a cinch to make before guests arrive. The sliced pears and apples can get sliced and tossed with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning, then covered and stored in the fridge until party time. When it’s go-time, whip out your baking sheet and top the baguette slices with the cheese and fruit. Throw them in the oven, pop open a bottle of wine (or bubbly!), and let the celebration at home begin!

Pear and Apple Crostini

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings


For the Pear Crostini:

  • 1 baguette (cut into 6 thin slices)
  • 1-2 Harry & David pears (thinly sliced)
  • Harry & David cheddar cheese (cut into thin slices)
  • 3 tablespoons Harry & David jalapeño pepper jelly
  • Mint or fresh herb of choice for garnish

For the Apple Crostini:

  • 1 baguette (cut into 6 thin slices)
  • 1-2 Harry & David apples (thinly sliced)
  • Harry & David gouda cheese (cut into thin slices)
  • 3 tablespoon Harry & David fig preserves
  • Basil or fresh herb of choice for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  • For the pear crostini, layer three cheddar slices, slide by side on each of the 6 baguette slices.
  • For the apple crostini, layer three gouda slices, side by side on each of the 6 baguette slices.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • For the pear crostini, top the cheddar with three thin pear slices, then dollop each crostini with the jalapeño pepper jelly. Garnish with mint.
  • For the apple crostini, top the three gouda crostini with three thin slices of apple, followed by a dollop of the fig preserves. Garnish with basil. Serve immediately.

Bev is a proud wife and mother of twins who brings her high energy and passion for food to her blog, Bev Cooks.

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