Florentine Bruschetta with a Port Salut twist

A twist on the classic Eggs Florentine




  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 4 thick slices of ciabatta bread
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs
  • 400g washed baby spinach leaves

For the glaze

  • 100ml double cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100g Port Salut (thinly sliced)
  • 50g butter
  • Sprinkle of ground nutmeg


  1. Place slices of ciabatta on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil and season with dried herbs, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook in a hot oven (180°C) and bake until crisp and golden brown (approx. 5 mins) then set aside on  serving dishes.
  3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar.
  4. Stir with a whisk to start a circular motion in the water and crack in the eggs one at a time, immediately turn down to a simmer – 3-4 minutes for a soft egg, 5-7 minutes for a hard    poached egg.
  5. In a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil and reduce for a few minutes to thicken and then remove from the heat.
  6. Stir in the Port Salut and the eggs, allowing the cheese to melt.
  7. In a frying pan, add the butter and the spinach, cover and bring to the boil. When soft and wilted, strain to remove any excess water.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and spoon an equal amount onto each slice of ciabatta.
  9. Top with an egg and mask with the cheese and cream mix.
  10. Place under a hot grill until bubbling and golden brown.
  11. Garnish with snipped chives and serve.