No-bake Apple Custard Pudding / Served Cold
- 550 grams apples core, peeled and cut
- 125 grams caster sugar
- 180 millilitres water to cook with apples
- 70 millilitres water mix with custard
- 53 grams custard powder
- 13 pieces sponge fingers
- 300 millilitres whipping cream or double cream chilled
- 1 piece cinnamon stick
- 10 pieces cloves
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum
- electric whisk
- bread tin 24 x 14 cm
- baking paper
- Core, peel and cut the apples to small pieces.
- Boil the apples (in a pot with the lid on) on medium heat with the spices, sugar and 180-millilitre of water for 15 minutes, turn the hob off.
- Remove the cinnamon and cloves from the cooked apples.
- Make a puree by breaking the softened apples with a whisk or potato masher. (Don't worry if your puree is a bit lumpy.)
- In a glass or a mug, mix the custard powder with a small amount of water (approx. 70 millilitres). Create a pourable paste.
- Stir the custard into the hot apple puree. Bring to boil and cook on medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes while consistently stirring.
- Set the hot apple mixture aside.
- Line the tin with a baking paper. The paper helps to lift the dessert from the tin once chilled, which makes the cutting portions easier.
- Lay the bottom of the tin with the sponge fingers. Try to cover the entire area. To achieve that, you might need to cut a few sponge fingers in half.
- Pour the warm pureed apples onto the bottom layer of sponge fingers.
- Lay more sponge fingers onto the apple puree to cover the entire top.
- Let the dessert cool down before putting it to the fridge.
- Chill the dessert in the fridge for at least 3 - 4 hours before serving.
- Whisk the cream with an electric whisk.
- Optional: You can mix a tablespoon of icing sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of xantham gum into the cream to stabilise and sweeten the cream before whipping. Combine xantham gum with the sugar first, then add the sweet mix into the cream and stir well.
- Spoon or pipe the whipped cream onto the dessert and serve immediately.
ABOUT THE RECIPE
I’m so happy to share this Czech recipe with you. I haven’t seen a similar dessert here in the UK. It’s certainly an original recipe that not many people know.
To make the dessert you don’t need an oven, but it requires cooking and at least 3 – 4 hours cooling down and chilling in the fridge. I often make my apple custard pudding a day ahead and leave it in the fridge overnight. This way, the apple custard puree has enough time to set and sponge fingers will soften by absorbing moisture from apples.
The method for this Czech “nepečený jablečný dort” isn’t complicated; simply follow the steps to achieve the best result.
I found that the most reliable method is to weigh the cooked pureed apples.
This recipe generally makes around 800 ml of apple puree that sets just the way I want with 53 g of custard.
To find out how much of the custard you need is simple if you weight your apple puree and divide the number by 15 (this number represents millilitres per 1 gram of custard so you need 1 gram of custard for every 15 millilitres of apple puree).
800 (the total amount of apple puree in millilitres) : 15 = 53.33 (grams of custard)
⇒This means that if you divide the total amount of puree with number 15, you get the right amount of custard in grams that will thicken this dessert. Not enough custard and the apples will not set, too much and it will taste too rubbery.
what is the best cream to choose?
There are two options to consider – whipping cream or double cream. The difference between them is how much fat they contain and how light they are when whipped. Whipping cream has around 36 – 38% of fat content. Double cream has 48%.
Whipping cream can trap lots of air when beaten. It becomes light, fluffy and doubles its volume, but it doesn’t hold its shape for long. Adding a pinch of xantham gum prevents the cream from collapsing. I usually use whipping cream when I know I will pipe or spoon the cream onto the chilled dessert directly before serving.
When I want to pipe the cream onto the dessert in advance, I prefer to use double cream. Because it has more fat content, it creates stiffer peaks, and with a pinch of xantham gum, it will hold its peaks for 3 – 4 days if kept in the fridge. On the other side, double cream is less airy and fluffy, and it’s easy to over whip and you can accidentally turn it into butter instead.