Its recipe 6 of my ‘7 breakfasts for 7 days’ recipe challenge and today I am bringing you a wonderful savoury treat with a sweet kick Lactose and Gluten Free Cheesy Apple Bruschetta now doesn’t that sound good?
I’m really lucky and suffer from no major food issues. Apart from being vegetarian which these days is actually pretty normal. Though to tell you the truth I am still pretty scared from the evil early 90’s. When every restaurant in the UK had the same 2 vegetarian dishes on the menu. Vegetable lasagne and tomato pasta. Yes that was it, but luckily that has all changed. I still shudder when I see those dishes on menus as the vegetarian options. 🙁
I can sympathise with those that need to follow a stricter set of food rules. Those that need to eat gluten free and lactose free must find it so frustrating when they want to eat out. But first must research the restaurant. I remember having to make those phone calls. “Excuse me, do you serve any vegetarian dishes?…… No I don’t eat chicken……. Or ham…….. No I can’t pick the chicken out……… Oh vegetable lasagne you say?…….” Ahhhhhh, at least almost everything is online these days so you don’t have to explain that by picking a certain ingredient out does not make it safe for you.
So I like to try and make things as diverse as possible and open up my recipes for as many people as possible. To make it gluten free I just used a gluten free bagel. Feel free to use a regular one if you don’t want to or need to eat gluten free. Simple and thoughtful recipe swaps will often make a dish gluten free. Just check all your labels and be careful where you toast your bagel.
Now I have to admit I had never baked or cooked anything lactose free before. I knew of the condition, thanks to The Big Bang Theory and a set of cute TV adverts from Arla staring some hedgehogs. Apparently they are lactose intolerant. I never knew that. The advert is cute so I thought I’d add it here for no other reason then I really like hedgehogs and I am so happy that I have a few in my garden. 😀
Seriously, how cute were those hedgehogs? So to help with this problem Arla have come out with a whole LactoFree range. In this lactose and gluten free cheesy apple bruschetta recipe I have taken advantage of Arla’s lactofree spreadable which is a mix of butter and vegetable oil and the lactofree mature cheddar. I have to admit I couldn’t taste any difference when I tried them. The spread was pleasant and the cheese was rich and creamy and full of flavour. Both get a thumbs up from me.
Lactose and gluten free cheesy apple bruschetta.
So lets get back to this lactose and gluten free cheesy apple bruschetta shall we? Its crispy, savoury and sweet all in one hit oh and lovely and cheesy. Now who doesn’t love a little melty cheese over the top of something? This breakfast is easy to put together. Its just a case of toasting your bagel. Then chop up your apple and mix it with a little spread and sugar. This will give it a hint of caramel and sprinkle a little grated cheese on top and allow the heat from the grill do the rest. In a few minutes you will have a golden bubbling sweet and savoury treat for breakfast. 😀
- 1 Gluten Free Bagel
- 45 grams grated LactoFree mature cheddar (1/2 cup)
- 1 small green apple (granny smith’s work well) — cut into 8 then half cut into small chunks
- 1 tablespoon Arla LactoFree spread
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- Cut your bagel in half and very lightly toast the outside under a warm grill.
- While that is toasting. Grate your cheese and slice up your apple into 8 segments.
- Dice up half of them into small chunks. (Top tip! Stop the remaining apple slices going brown by placing them in a bowl of cold water with a small sprinkle of salt in it).
- Mix your apple chunks up in a small bowl with the tablespoon of spread and ½ teaspoon of sugar. Make sure to give the apple chunks a good coating.
- Sprinkle half of the cheese on the Un-toasted insides of the bagel. Then pile on the apple chunks.
- Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and place under a hot grill until the cheese starts to melt and bubble. 2 to 3 minutes should do it.
- Serve immediately with the remaining apple slices on the side.
This Lactose and Gluten Free Cheesy Apple Bruschetta post is sponsored but I can assure you all opinions are my own and this is not a sales pitch and I am making. No money from these posts. The ingredients were given to me to develop the recipes.
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