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Strawberry and Ricotta Toasties

Strawberry and Ricotta Toasties

Ingredients

Makes 1 serving

for the strawberry preserves

6.5 ounces bonne maman strawberry preserves

Juice from ½ lemon

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

10 black peppercorns

5 allspice berries

1 bay leaf

Small pinch of kosher salt

for the strawberry ricotta toasties

4 slices brioche bread

1½ tablespoons butter, softened

½ cup ricotta cheese

Sliced almonds

Directions

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 18 mins

Total Time: 33 mins

Add the preserves to a small saucepan. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pan and add the cider vinegar. Add the peppercorns, allspice berries and bay leaf to a spice grinder and grind until the mixture is a powder. Add this to the saucepan.

Heat the saucepan over medium heat and keep stirring. Keep the pan over the heat until small bubbles form around the edges then remove from heat. Let the strawberry preserves cool to room temperature.

FOR THE STRAWBERRY RICOTTA TOASTIES

Butter one side of a slice of brioche and place it into a saute pan butter side down. Spoon and spread the ricotta onto the bread. Sprinkle the cheese with almond slices (this give the sandwich a nice crunch). Spoon the preserves over top of the almonds. Heat over medium heat.

Butter another slice of brioche and place it butter side up on top of the preserves. Once the bottom slice has turned golden brown, flip the sandwich so that you can brown the other slice of bread (The browning of the brioche will not take long).

Move toasted brioche to a plate and continue the process with the remaining brioche.

Slice toasties on the diagonal and serve.

If you can't find brioche bread you could use plain white bread instead. Just make sure to cut the crusts off before cooking.
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