Monday, October 1, 2012

rustic pumpkin toasts

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sometimes i just want toast - prettied up toasts, plain toast, pb & jelly toasts.
after making the rosemary & olive peasant bread i was totally craving a big ol slice toasted with a whole lotta goodness piled high. almost like an open faced sandwich that thinks it's classy.
a classy little rustic pumpkin toast is what it turned out to be.
a few of these beauties served along side beluga lentils & butternut squash and
you could say i was one happy girl

these are super quick and easy and i bet you have most of the ingredients or a variation on hand.
i love all the different textures that are piled high on each little toast - sweet & savory, just the way i like it
this is an excellent way to use up a couple of slices of day old bread.
fun for lunch or a simple appetizer for a girls night in.
the tofu mix may seem a little odd but trust me on this - it tastes good!
the hint of maple with the pumpkin are just meant to be together add in a little spice from the arugula, sweetness of the cranberries and crunch from the pepitas - your taste buds will be high fiving each other!DSC07991.jpg
for me this seemed like an odd combination at first, i was kinda afraid i was going to scare you away with this one...but the flavors more than worked - they rocked!
tell me, do you have a memorable recipe or combination that you almost second guessed yourself on but ended up being fabulous?
Rustic Pumpkin Toasts
makes 8 toasts

you will need:
8 slices rosemary olive peasant bread - lightly toasted
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup mashed firm tofu
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
pinch celtic salt
handful arugula
2 tbsp pepitas
2 tbsp dried cranberries

lightly toast your bread under the broiler on low - about 3-5 minutes

in a medium bowl mix tofu, maple syrup, thyme and salt

to assemble the toasts - spread a layer of pumpkin, then a layer of seasoned tofu, top with a few arugula leaves and sprinkle with cranberries & pepitas.
continue with the remaining 7 toasts.



  1. This looks delicious...What a great idea!

    1. Thanks Lysa- they were so quick and yummy....i was starving that day and needed something super fast :)

  2. that looks like the perfect autumn snack or light dinner. a perfect menu item on your future bagette 'n' toppings cafe ;)

    1. Hahaha I totally though of you and Richa when I made this - I think i need to hire Richa to make my GF breads for my "cafe" and you as my official cupcake maker!

  3. How could that not make your happy little tastebuds give each other high fives! Awesome!

  4. So pretty! I love eating toasts too, and these look super delicious. All the toppings sound great, so why wouldn't they be tasty all together? :)

  5. I want these for dinner tonight! They look so so so yummy! :) I adore cranberries and pepitas. Perfect topping for these toasts! :)

    1. Me too - I love pepitas and cranberries this time of year!

  6. I love those little delicious toasts they are so cute but flavoursome :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Hehe I laughed so much at "open faced sandwich that thinks it's classy". Best line ever!

    These look amazing, so good for fall :)

    1. Hahaha your comment just made me giggle - I thought it was pretty funny, I am glad someone else was amused too :)

  8. I never, ever would have thought to mix maple syrup in my tofu, but it sounds awesome! My tastebuds are already giving each other high fives!

    1. Thank goodness I am not the only one whose tastebuds high five one another - they can get a little crazy at times :)

  9. That looks like heaven! Can’t wait to try it. Drool!:D


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