This recipe is adapted from Delia’s Complete How to Cook
12 slices of French stick
2 cloves of garlic, puréed in a little salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra
For the topping:
6 red, ripe plum tomatoes
some basil leaves
salt flakes and freshly milled black pepper
Equipment: You will need a cast-iron ridged griddle
To start, chop the tomatoes finely, leaving the skin on but discarding the cores.
Pre-heat the dry ridged griddle over a high heat for about 10 minutes.
When it's really hot, place the slices of bread – on the diagonal – and grill them for about 1 minute on each side, until they're golden and crisp and have charred strips across each side. (Alternatively, toast them under a pre-heated conventional grill.)
As they are ready, place them on a cooling rack, then when cooled take a sharp knife and make 3 little slashes across each piece and spread with the garlic puree (see How to prepare Garlic) then drizzle each one with a teaspoon of olive oil.
When the bruschettas are made top with the tomatoes. Then season with salt and freshly milled black pepper and finish each one with a basil leaf (or a piece of basil leaf) and sprinkle a few more drops of olive oil over before serving.
It's hard to believe that something so simple can be so wonderful.