A simple cheese on toast recipe is a great, quick, little after school snack, but when you add the extra flavours of apple and walnut in this recipe, it makes it even better and healthier too! This recipe is how to make cheese on toast even better than it already is.
Feeding Hungry School Children
We are into week 2 of “Big Boys School” and so far, so great. But, I did think that Bam Bam would actually be a lot more tired than he has been. However, he still comes home with boundless amounts of energy and a huge appetite to match.Am I the only one? Other Mummys told me tales of their child practically falling asleep in the car on the way home for the first few weeks of school…
Not my son! He is more awake than ever! I need to feed this little boy quick and I am often stuck for simple snack ideas at the end of a busy day.
In some ways, I was sort of looking forward to being able to get him to bed with ease. He is well versed in how to use every excuse under the sun to stay up and out of bed.
He also knows how to play me with his excuses. Since, he usually adds “I love you Mummy” to the end of each excuse…. I, like any other mum am a total sucker for his love!
So, I have been busy creating and searching the web for some delicious after school snacks that are quick and easy to make. I want recipes that offer a fast food fix but still remain healthy. Especially, for a super hungry child needing a little extra between the end of school and dinner time.
How to Make Cheese on Toast
You may think that making cheese on toast doesn’t really warrant an actual recipe and you don’t need to be told how to make cheese on toast, since it’s pretty simple – Bread, cheese, toast and you’re done! However, there are ways to jazz up a really simple recipe and make something so much better. With this cheese on toast recipe you get to add some extra goodness into a very simple after school snack. Which is great for when you want to award yourself those extra mummy points and add some extra nutritional value too.
The Apple and Cheese Combination
Apple and Cheese make the perfect pairing in a savoury recipe and you can combine them in so many inventive ways. The juicy, fresh apple goes so well with cheese and the nuttiness of crushed walnuts compliments the flavour beautifully. This recipe just happens to be a super quick and simple way of uniting these two flavours together. It’s certainly one of my favourite ways to make a cheese on toast recipe!
The boys love this recipe and I must admit, I really love it too. Which makes the ease of creating this healthy and delicious after school snack even better!
Different Cheeses You Can Use
You may wonder if you can use a different cheese other than a strong cheddar in this recipe and the answer is that you certainly can! I prefer to use a good quality mature cheddar cheese, but Emmental, Edam and Gruyere will also work really well with apple. They taste very different but if you want to experiment with other flavour combinations, these cheeses are a good place to start.
Other Ways to Make Cheese on Toast Even Better – Tips!
Toasting both sides of your bread first is a good place to start. I don’t recommend adding the topping to a slice of bread before that side is toasted, as it can result in a soggy toast outcome. You may however prefer the bread to be softer under the cheese, so if this is the case, toast only on side of the bread under the grill before adding the topping.
Buttering both sides of the bread is another good way to improve this cheese on toast recipe. But this will also add extra calories, so you have to weigh up the pros and cons here.
If you have time, I highly recommend baking your cheese on toast in the oven. This gives a more even cook and helps to prevent burnt edges. Toast the bread first before spreading with butter and adding the topping. Place in the oven until the topping has begun to melt and brown.
You certainly can and sometimes, this even gives a better result. Grilling cheese on toast can sometimes make for burnt edges. Melting the topping in the oven after you have toasted your bread make take longer but is less likely to result in burnt edges and will give a more even cook.
You can combine a number of cheeses for extra depth of flavour or substitute the cheddar entirely for gruyere, emmental or edam.
This is entirely up to you. For the best nutritional value, go for a wholegrain bread. However, sourdough, thick sliced or a simple white bread will all work just as well.
Ideally, salted butter will give the most flavour, but I suggest using unsalted if this is for children or you are watching your salt content, since the cheese will have a salt content anyway.
Walnuts work best but you can also try cashews, almonds or pecans.
Cheese, Apple & Walnut on Toast
- 2 Slices Wholemeal Bread
- 60 g Cheddar
- 1 Apple
- 20 g Walnuts
- 1 Knob Butter
- Grate the cheddar and place in a bowl
- Peel and grate the apple and add to the cheese.
- Place the walnuts into a bag and break them into little pieces using a rolling pin and add to the cheese.
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Lightly toast the bread and spread with the butter.
- Place the cheese, apple and walnut mixture onto the buttered toast and place under the grill.
Recipe Notes and Guidance
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