Apple & Cheddar Welsh Rarebit

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Serves4 people
Apple & Cheddar Welsh Rarebit

Crisp, sweet apples add a fruity twist to this classic Welsh dish of crunchy toast topped with a hearty cheese and cider sauce, then grilled till golden and bubbling. It makes a warming snack or serve with a peppery green salad for a fast midday meal.


  • 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

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 30 mins

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1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Slice the crusts off the bread. Cut a square hollow into the centre of each slice, without going all the way through the base, leaving a 1½-2cm border around the edge, creating a bread 'bowl'. Roughly crumble the scooped out bread pieces with your fingers and set aside.
2. Dot the hollowed-out bread cases with a little butter, place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 8-10 mins till golden and toasty.
3. Meanwhile, pop the cheddar, cider, cream and mustard in a small pan. Set over a low heat and warm till melted. Stir occasionally, till smooth. Beat in the reserved breadcrumbs.
4. 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. Spoon the cheese mixture over the apple slices then slide the rarebits under the hot grill till they're golden and bubbling.
5. Drizzle with a little honey and serve straight away.
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