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Fruit & cheese is a great combination, and as the blackberries are almost there, here’s something to try at home.  Fontina cheese & blackberry basil smash toasted sandwich.  it takes longer to say  than to make!

bbcheese Fontina is not too readily available in the UK, you’ll probably need to check out the specialist delis, but good substitutes are gruyere, and gouda, they all work.

This makes 4 toasted sandwiches but yo can adjust as required.

1 loaf of multigrain bread, cut into 8 thick slices

340g of fresh blackberries

12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

200g ounces of fontina cheese, sliced or gruyere / gouda

2 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl, mash blackberries with a fork (be careful – they will splatter!) and stir in chopped basil. Heat your sandwich maker or large skillet over medium-low heat.

Lay a piece of cheese on each slice of bread, then top with a few spoonfuls of smashed blackberries. Gently pick up 3 slices, brush some olive oil on the bottom, and place them on the griddle or skillet. Place the remaining slices on top, brushing them with olive oil too. If you can, cook these slowly so the bread gets perfectly golden and the cheese melts, so let each side cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove and dig in!

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