Apple butter and cinnamon custard toasts recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: medium
Prep: 50 min
Cooking: 1 hr 20 min
(may need an extra hour for the apple butter)
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  • Lightly fried, crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, these cinnamon custard toasts are delicious with our apple butter or on their own


    • For the
    • apple butter
    • :
    • 2kg of cooking apples
    • 300ml water
    • 2tbsp of cider vinegar
    • 1 vanilla pod split in two (sideways)
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 400g of sugar
    • For the
    • cinnamon custard toasts
    • :
    • 350ml double cream
    • 150ml milk
    • 1 stick of cinnamon
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 1 loaf of unsliced white bread


    • For the apple butter: Peel, core and chop the apples, add them to a large pan with the water, vinegar, vanilla pod and cinnamon and cook over a slow heat until a pulp.

    • Remove the cinnamon and vanilla, blend the pulp to ensure it is smooth.

    • Pour the puree back into the pan and add the sugar. Continue to cook over a low heat for 1-2 hrs or until the apple has thickened and turned a caramel colour.

    • Place the butter in clean jam jars while still hot and then into the fridge once cooled.

    • For the cinnamon custard toasts: Pour the milk, cream and cinnamon into a pan.

    • Cling film the pan and bring to the simmer on a low heat. Then take the pan off the heat and keep to one side to infuse (the cling film helps the infusion).

    • In a mixing bowl, add the yolks and caster sugar and whisk together, gently adding the infusion and mix well.

    • Slice the bread 2-3cm thick, remove the crusts and cut into soldiers, lay the bread in a dish, pour over the warm custard mix and let soak for 10 mins, turning the bread occasionally.

    • In a frying pan, add a knob of butter and fry the custard toasts on each side for 2 mins and until lightly browned.

    • Serve them warm and with apple butter spread and a pinch of cinnamon on top.

    Top tip for making Apple butter and cinnamon custard toasts

    Running out of time? Use 500ml of ready-made custard instead of making your own. Pop in a stick of cinnamon and slowly bring it to the simmer in a pan, over a low heat.

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