Apple butter and cinnamon custard toasts

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Apple butter and cinnamon custard toasts
Apple butter and cinnamon custard toasts
  • Serves: 6

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    (may need an extra hour for the apple butter)
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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

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

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Remove the cinnamon and vanilla, blend the pulp to ensure it is smooth.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the butter in clean jam jars while still hot and then into the fridge once cooled.
  5. For the cinnamon custard toasts: Pour the milk, cream and cinnamon into a pan.
  6. 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).
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the yolks and caster sugar and whisk together, gently adding the infusion and mix well.
  8. 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.
  9. In a frying pan, add a knob of butter and fry the custard toasts on each side for 2 mins and until lightly browned.
  10. Serve them warm and with apple butter spread and a pinch of cinnamon on top.

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