Spiced cherries, Nutella and brioche toastie

A Nutella and cherry breakfast fix.
A Nutella and cherry breakfast fix. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Few ingredients herald the start of a long, hot summer more clearly than cherries. A bowl of cherries on the dining room table or in the kitchen not only looks beautiful, it makes a wonderful snack.


300g cherries, pitted

2 star anise

4 cloves

1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tbsp castor sugar

3 tbsp water

8 slices brioche

200g Nutella


Place cherries, star anise, cloves, peppercorns, sugar andwater in a saucepan. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat for five minutes.

Remove fromheat and, with lid on, swirl saucepan gently to coat cherries in the syrup. Stand for 10 minutes. Pre-heat a sandwich press. Spread four slices of brioche with Nutella, top with remaining brioche and toast in sandwich press until golden. If you don't have a press, toast brioche and spread with Nutella before pressing together. Cut in half on an angle and serve withwarm cherries and their syrup.