Apple Surprise
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This is an easy way to use up extra egg whites in a yummy dessert and it's also gluten free.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 8
Stewed Apples
  • 4 large apples, peeled and thickly sliced (5 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon water
Vanilla Bean Custard
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 30 grams corn flour (cornstarch) (use gluten free if you need to)
  • 500 grams full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or scrape 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg whites - room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup of caster (superfine) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Stewed Apples
  1. Place apple slices in a saucepan with the lemon juice and water on low heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until the apple slices are nearly soft.
  3. Add sugar and finish cooking.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Vanilla Custard - Thermomix Method (You can also use vanilla pudding from a box)
  1. Add sugar and corn flour and whiz for a few seconds on speed 9.
  2. Add all other ingredients and cook at 90C for 7 minutes on speed 4.
  3. Pour into dishes or ramekins and set aside to cool. (they'll get a little skin that will hold up the apples.
  1. Place egg whites and pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and beat on low speed until frothy.
  2. Add cream of tartar and beat on medium speed until the egg whites turn opaque. It won't take long. You don't want to get to soft peak stage.
  3. While continuing to beat, add the caster sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  4. When half of the sugar has been incorporated, increase the mixer speed to high and slowly add the remaining sugar.
  5. Add vanilla extract and keep beating until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. When finished you should be able to pick up the beaters and turn them upside down and the meringue stands up.
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F
  2. Spoon the stewed apples over the vanilla custard
  3. Add the meringue over the apples and seal to the side of the dish. You can swirl or make peaks - whatever you like.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Chill before serving.
Recipe by Orgasmic Chef at