July 13, 2016 9

Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey

Easy, quick-pickled blackberries on goat cheese toasts.
Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey | These goat cheese toasts with quick-pickled blackberries are very easy to put together. A quick, east, refined treat, snack or party appetizer.

Keeping today’s post light and easy.

So we can get to the good stuff.

These, quick-pickled blackberries.

And goat cheese toasts.

And truffle honey.

Last week was rough, for everyone.

My friend, Lily really put it into perspective here.

Read it, when you have some time to absorb it all.

It’s important, for all of us.

I am in complete denial that I have a pop-up dinner place in less than thirty-six hours. Ready or not, it is totally happening. And – my next pop-up dinner, Early Autumn has been announced. Tickets are on sale now! I really hope to see you there, both near and far readers. Road-trip to St. Louis anyone?

These quick-pickled blackberries, as much as I’d love to take full credit for, weren’t actually from my brain. They were inspired from Tessa’s Snapchat. One day I saw her eating some pickled raspberries on a cheese plate, and I loved that.

I had to find a way to recreate that sweet and savory balance, and I’m sure glad I did. You could use these quick-pickled blackberries on just about anything. Like on a charcuterie board, on in a grain bowl, or a salad, or on toast. Like these goat cheese and truffled honey bites.

These toasts are very easy to put together, and the textures and layered flavors are just right. Crunchy bread, smooth and salty goat cheese, sweet and acidic blackberries, umami-bomb honey, bright basil blossoms and a touch of black pepper.

They’re a treat I’d serve at any brunch, outdoor summer party or special occasion. Like good enough for wedding food. You know, just saying. They’re not too fussy. And they have just the right amount of refinery.

Now that it is almost summer. Like we’re just days away! What are you into eating lately? What do you want recipes for this season? Drop me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. All the love, always!

Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey | These goat cheese toasts with quick-pickled blackberries are very easy to put together. A quick, east, refined treat, snack or party appetizer.

Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey | These goat cheese toasts with quick-pickled blackberries are very easy to put together. A quick, east, refined treat, snack or party appetizer.

Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey | These goat cheese toasts with quick-pickled blackberries are very easy to put together. A quick, east, refined treat, snack or party appetizer.

Quick-Pickled Blackberries

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Serves 1 cup

To store, keep in an airtight jar and refrigerated for up to a 5 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar {see notes} 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

Directions

Rinse the blackberries and set aside.

Combine all of the remaining ingredients together in a small sauce pot over low-medium heat, and stir until the sugar and salt is dissolved.

Fill a jar with the blackberries, and pour the pickling liquid over top of them. Cover with a lid, shake gently and chill for at least 1 hour.

The longer they sit in the liquid the more intense their pickling flavor will be. You can keep them in this liquid for up to 5 days. 

Recipe Notes

Any sugar will work. I have done this with both maple syrup and honey. 

Goat Cheese Toasts with Quick-Pickled Blackberries

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 10

This recipe can easily be doubled up to make more to accommodate a large party.

Ingredients

  • 20 crostini {see notes}
  • 5 ounces chèvre goat cheese {see notes}
  • Quick-Pickled Blackberries {see above}
  • 2 tablespoons truffle honey or plain honey
  • black pepper, to garnish
  • basil blossoms or basil leaves, to garnish

Directions

Toast the crostini and spread 1 tablespoon goat cheese on each piece. 

Top with 2 pickled blackberries and a drizzle of honey. 

Garnish with black pepper and basil blossoms, and serve. 

Recipe Notes

Any bread will work. I used a gluten-free baguette to make these. You could also use this seed bread recipe. If you are dairy-free, cashew ricotta would be a great substitution. 

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9 Responses to "Quick-Pickled Blackberries + Goat Cheese Toasts with Truffle Honey"

  1. Reply

    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    July 13, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Why haven’t I thought of pickling berries before? This is brilliant! Also, it’s so so tempting to roadtrip down for your pop-up, I would love to be there! xo

  2. Reply

    Jessie Snyder

    July 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I am going to pickle the next batch of blackberries I pick up because of you! So brilliant, Sherrie. I LOVE this idea. I hope you have tons of fun with your pop ups – wish I could join in! xx

  3. Reply

    Medha

    July 13, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    What exciting flavor profiles here! I have never tried pickled blackberries and they sound epic on this crusty baguette with chèvre (my fave!) and truffled honey. Pinning!

  4. Reply

    amanda paa

    July 14, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Thinking of you today and sending all the good vibes! These toasts, next week. promise? xo

  5. Reply

    Lea

    July 15, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Oh, how I wish I could have been at your pop-up. But am I ever so grateful when I see a post from you in my inbox, as I always know it will be something that inspires me. Sure enough, my first batch of quick-pickled berries are made and ready to be spooned over coconut bliss ice cream tonight for a group of friends!

    And thank you for the link to Lily’s post. I have been thinking about it non-stop. And all the ways we can bring a little more kindness into this chaotic world we find ourselves in. I’ve been practicing smiling and saying a kind word to strangers, more than usual, never knowing how they might be struggling with more than me or any of us for that matter.

  6. Reply

    Jodi

    July 17, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Sherrie, your pop-ups sounds like such a dream come true. You are inspiring me in so many ways with your creativity. These blackberry toasts sound like the perfect way to celebrate summer berries. I love that sweet/savory mix too. Sending love, thanks for linking Lily’s post. It’s all a lot to take in. x

  7. Reply

    Tessa | Salted Plains

    July 19, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    I am so excited you were able to recreate those pickled blackberries. And that truffled honey? Oh my, yes please. I truly am going to come STL for a pop-up one of these times – I cannot even wait!

  8. Reply

    Billy

    May 17, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    The picture you included with the blackberries on toast with goat cheese and honey looks absolutely to die for. I am so curious what pickling the blackberries does to the flavor of them – usually they are already pretty tart with a combination of sweetness. I’m curious if pickling them will focus more on the tartness and pull away from the sweetness or if it just enhances those two flavors. Thank you so much for linking this recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 21, 2017 at 4:06 PM

      Hi Billy – quick-pickling brings a more full-bodied, round flavor. Berries are sometimes too tart for me and this technique helps enhance their natural beauty. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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