Apple Rarebit Recipe | Abel & Cole

Apple Rarebit

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Serves4 people
Vegetarians
Apple Rarebit

We’ve taken the classic combination of crisp, sweet apples and rich, tangy cheese and transformed them into a fruity seasonal twist on the classic Welsh answer to cheese on toast. Serves 4 as a starter, or add a fresh and crunchy green salad on the side to make a light mid-day meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 x 4cm-thick slices of white bread
  • Knob of butter
  • 300g cheddar, grated
  • 150ml cider
  • 1 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 large apple (or 2 small apples)
  • 1 tsp honey
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Method

1. Heat your oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3.
2. Remove the crusts from the bread. Cut a square hollow into the centre of each slice, without going through the base, leaving a 1.5-2cm border around the edge, in effect creating a bread case. Roughly crumble the scooped out bread pieces with your fingers and set aside.
3. Dot the hollowed-out bread cases with a little butter, place on a baking tray and bake for about 10 mins till toasty.
4. Meanwhile, melt the cheese, cider, cream and mustard in a pan over a gentle heat. Stir till smooth then beat in the reserved breadcrumbs.
5. Set your grill to high. Peel and core the apple and cut it into ½-1cm-thick slices. Arrange the apple slices in the centre of each bread case. Pour the cheese mixture over the apple and slide the rarebits under the hot grill till they're golden and bubbling.
6. Drizzle with a little honey and serve straight away before the bread softens.
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