There’s nothing better on a Sunday than to sit down and actually have time to eat a proper breakfast. I’m usually more of a coffee on the run kind of person, but on the weekend I really enjoy a good ol avocado on toast. However, I like to put a little Italian spin on it and add some crispy prosciutto, sweet balsamic syrup, creamy ricotta and some crunchy seeds to make it something a little more special.
It’s easy to make, and the best part is you don’t need to get out of your pyjamas and go to a cafe to get your breakfast fix. You can buy balsamic syrup from the supermarket, but it’s easy to make yourself and lasts ages in the fridge. I have included the recipe here.
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This cafe style breakfast can feed as many as you like, just adjust the quantities accordingly. All the elements can be prepared, then assembled all at once and served on a big platter. Top each one with a poached egg if you like.
- 4 thick slices ciabatta, or other thick bread
- 4 slices prosciutto
- olive oil
- 3 avocados
- 1½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 100 g (3.5 oz) fresh ricotta
- 3 tbsp seeds (I have used nigella seeds)
- 3 tbsp balsamic syrup (recipe follows)
- BALSAMIC SYRUP
- 500 ml (18 fl oz) balsamic vinegar
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- Drizzle the ciabatta with a little olive oil and grill or toast until golden.
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
- Lay the prosciutto onto a baking paper lined oven tray and cook for 10 minutes, or until crisp. Set aside.
- Peel and de-seed the avocados and place in a bowl with the lemon juice, minced garlic and basil. Roughly smash with the back of a fork. Don’t mash it too smooth, you want texture. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Spoon a quarter of the avocado mix onto each piece of toasted bread. Crumble a little ricotta over each and sprinkle with seeds. Drizzle with a little balsamic syrup and top with a slice of crispy prosciutto.
- BALSAMIC SYRUP
- Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring every now and then, until mixture is thickened and syrupy.
- This recipe makes about 240 ml (8 fl oz) of syrup. Store chilled in a sealed jar for up to one month.