Toasted Hazelnut Tahini and Quick Blackcurrant Jam on Brioche
This is perhaps the most comforting breakfast imaginable. It also makes an amazing late afternoon snack with a cup of joe! The tahini can be quite cloying so be sure to use plenty of jam and, when you’re making it, don’t overbuilt it. You want a nice soft-set jam, not a dense firm one. Give it a go - you’ll love it!
For the Tahini
100g shelled hazelnuts (toasted in a dry frying pan)
100g light tahini
Pinch maldon sea salt
1/2 tsp raw coconut sugar (or dark brown sugar will do)
For the Jam
200g Blackcurrants (fresh or frozen)
180g caster sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 thick slices of vegan brioche
1 tsp toasted chopped hazelnuts
Make the Tahini
In the cup of a high speed blender combine all the ingredients and blitz until very smooth. You may have to stop blending, remove the cup, tap it on the counter and then continue to blend in order to get all the bits of hazelnuts nice and smooth. Set aside.
Make the Jam
Throw the blackcurrants in a small high-sided saucepan with around 3 tbsp water. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer until all the currants are burst and you have a nice thick fruit pulp (about 3-4 minutes).
Reduce the heat to low, add the sugar and lemon juice. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn the heat up to medium and boil the mix for another 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool completely.
In a dry frying pan over medium heat, place the brioche slices and toast lightly. Flip and repeat on the other side. Allow the brioche to cool slightly before topping with two good tablespoons of the tahini. Push the tahini to the edges of the brioche, leaving a well in the middle of the slice. Add a good tablespoon of the cooled jam. Top with the toasted chopped hazelnuts and serve.