Healthy living

Apple pudding with cinnamon custard

An easy apple filled pudding with a fruity crust and warming cinnamon custard.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 slices raisin toast or fruit bread
  • olive or canola oil spray
  • 400 g can unsweetened pie apple mixture
  • 4 tablespoons sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest or grated rind
  • 3 tablespoons custard powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups low-fat milk

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). 

2. Sparingly remove crusts from 6 slices of raisin toast and flatten bread with a rolling pin. Spray 6 holes of a regular sized (1/2-cup capacity) muffin tin with oil; press bread firmly into holes. 

3. Combine apple, sultanas and lemon in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well. Fill bread cavities to the rim of the tin with apple mixture, pressing firmly with the back of a spoon. Fold in any overhanging bread. 

4. To form a lid with remaining bread slices, cut 6 x 8 cm diameter circles using a biscuit cutter or upside down glass. Press on bread lid to cover apple mixture. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. 

5. Meanwhile, to make custard, combine custard powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk in a medium-sized saucepan. Mix well to form a paste and smooth lumps then stir in remaining milk. Place over medium heat and slowly bring to the boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; cover surface with plastic wrap until time to serve. 

6. To remove puddings, run a knife around the edge of each hole and invert onto individual plates. Pour over custard, sprinkle with cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.

Hint

Homemade stewed apples contain too much moisture and are unsuitable for this recipe.

Not suitable to store or freeze.

Notes

  • Custard can be microwaved on high (100%) for 4 minutes. Whisk well and microwave for a further 3–4 minutes, whisk again.

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