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
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp castor sugar
3 tbsp water
8 slices brioche
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.