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This baked eggy puffy cloud packed with sticky gooey caramelised apples is breakfast heaven on a cold winter’s day. It’s sort of a sweet version of the Yorkshire pudding (which appeals to my English Yorkshire-born bloke) and also why I call my dish Sweet Apple Yorkies.

What you need

I used 2 x 20cm pie tins but you could also use a large , 30cm wide, cast iron skillet or deep ovenproof  frying pan and divide the pancake into 4 when cooked – it would save on dishes!

Caramelised apples

25g butter
4 cooking apples peeled, cored and roughly chopped
¼ cup golden syrup


¾ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 eggs

How to make 

1. Preheat oven to 200˚C or 180˚C fan. Divide the butter between the pans and allow it to melt in the oven for a few minutes.

2. Place chopped apples evenly over the pan. Pour over melted golden syrup and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the apples are caramelised.

3. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and gradually add the milk and vanilla , whisking to remove any lumps.

4. Add eggs one at a time. Lightly whisk the batter. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Pour batter over apples.

5. Bake for 20 minutes until the batter puffs up and the edges are golden. Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt.

Preparation time: 30 mins + 20 mins resting time
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves 4


Resting the batter allows time for the starch to absorb the liquid and air bubbles to form making your batter light and fluffy.

Don’t over mix your batter as you will get rubbery pancakes.

Remember to have your table set and plates ready, as the yorkies will sink a few minutes after you remove it from the oven.

Vanessa’s APPLE

My tart looks café quality but is easy to make, as well as economical. Custard pies are so homely and comforting. Remember the ones you could buy at the school tuck shop or local bakery when you were a kid? I love trying to re-create recipes at home that I have enjoyed out and about. I had assumed making custard was time consuming and tricky but now I know better. I would even go as far to say, this is a no fail, baked custard tart recipe.

What you need

400g packet of frozen sweet short-crust pastry, defrosted
1 egg white, lightly beaten


2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon nutmeg or ground cinnamon
1 cup cream
2-3 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

How to make

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C fan forced (or 200˚C conventional).

2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use to line the base and sides of a 23cm loose-bottom tart dish or flan tin. Trim off any excess.

3. Bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove baking blind material and brush the pastry with egg white. Return to the oven for a couple of minutes until the egg white has cooked. This helps seal the pastry so the custard doesn’t make your pastry go soggy. Remove from oven and set aside.

4. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg or cinnamon. Stir in the cream.

5. Arrange the apples into the flan in a circular pattern. Pour over egg custard over, taking care not to disturb the pattern and to submerge the apples.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until custard is set. Check the tart half way through cooking and ensure the apples are still submerged. Set aside to cool.

7. Remove from the tart dish when it has cooled. Serve warm or cold with a dollop of Greek yoghurt or cream.

Prep time: 30mins
Cooking time: 30mins
Serves: 8


Keep pastry cool when working – lest it becomes too warm and will shrink when baked.

To bake blind, line a raw pastry shell with baking paper, pressing it firmly into the corners. Fill with baking blind material like dried beans or rice, or ceramic baking blind beans. Allow the beans to cool before storing in a lidded container for use again.

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