If you haven’t yet checked out Forte Grove Bakery of Plaquemine, you should. This treasure makes artisanal breads at an affordable price. From French country loaves to challah and brioche, Forte Grove offers a wide range of options for your shopping list.
The bakery sells its products each Saturday at the Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge and each Thursday at the market’s location off Perkins Road and Kenilworth Parkway behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
For these Roasted Heirloom Tomato Crostinis, I’ve used one of my favorite breads from Forte Grove: a hearty multigrain baguette. A little smaller than a traditional white bread baguette, this multigrain option has a beautiful brown crust that crackles when you cut into it. To cut, use a standard bread knife and cut on a diagonal. The diagonal will increase surface area when you’re ready to dress it in roasted tomatoes, olive oil and basil.
If you like fresh bread and ripe, late summer tomatoes, this recipe is a must. And, while you’re at it, check out Forte Grove this Thursday or Saturday or visit its website at fortegrove.com.