Posted in Recipes on 19.09.2017

Blackberry, Goat's Cheese & Pine Nut Toasts

prep: 10 mins / cook: 5 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 15 mins / quantity: 1 Portion Print recipe?


I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s finally autumn.  Autumn is hands down my favourite season.  I love the colours, the smells, the changing leaves, the crisp mornings, the darker evenings, candles and copious amounts of hot chocolate.  I also love all the food that’s coming into season.  We’re lucky enough to have wild blackberries growing next to our house and while I don’t want to deprive the birds of their free food I think they can manage without the handful needed to make these toasts.

Don’t worry, I put out extra seeds and the occasional bit of baked pastry trimming 😉

But oh my gosh I SO hope you try making these.  The combination of creamy goat’s cheese and sharp blackberries is damn near perfect.  First time I tried this I let out an actual moan.  It was audible.  I was glad I was on my own.


It also doesn’t seem to matter how much toast I’ve eaten in my life time – and it’s like a lot a LOT – it never gets boring.  Maybe because there’s so many things you can put on top of it.  But THIS combination is something else.  It starts with a good base.  I’ve used this Honey Oat Wholemeal Bread – it has just the right amount of crunch when toasted and it’s oaty sweet flavour is a perfect match for the creamy, sharp, fruity topping.  A sprinkle of finely sliced spring onions, some shredded basil, some crunchy toasted pine nuts and you have a few moments of foodie heaven delivered right to your mouth!


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Blackberry, Goat's Cheese & Pine Nut Toasts

prep: 10 mins / cook: 5 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 15 mins / quantity: 1 Portion


  • handful of fresh (or frozen) blackberries
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • handful of pine nuts
  • 2 thick slices crusty wholemeal bread
  • 1 spring onion
  • few basil leaves
  • 2 tblsp goat’s cheese
  • Sea salt and black pepper


  1. Put the blackberries into a small saucepan with the maple syrup and gently warm for a couple of minutes
  2. Put the pine nuts in a small frying pan and toast over a low flame for a couple of minutes - keep your eye on these, they have a tendency to be perfectly cooked one minute and black the next!  Stir or toss a few times while toasting
  3. Thinly slice the spring onion and shred the basil leaves
  4. When you're ready to assemble toast your bread, thickly spread over the goat's cheese, sprinkle over the spring onion, basil and pine nuts then top with the warm blackberries
  5. Sprinkle over just a small pinch of salt and a couple of grinds of fresh black pepper
  6. Enjoy! :)
Blackberry, Goat's Cheese & Pine Nut Toasts


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