An indulgent starter with lots of festive flavour.


  • 1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp golden brown sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 2x 150g sticks of rindless creamy goats cheese (180g)
  • 1 tub of light cream cheese (180g)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Some roughly chopped salted almonds
  • Some dried cranberries


  1. Put the apple into a small pot along with the water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook over a medium heat for 4-5 mins until the apple breaks down and gets mushy, help it along with a wooden spoon so it's relatively smooth.
  2. Break up the goats cheese into a bowl and add the cream cheese and honey.
  3. Whisk with an electric hand whisk, starting slowly at first until its light and fluffy.
  4. Take some nice ramekins or some old fashioned china cups, then put a layer of apple on the bottom of each cup followed by the whipped goats cheese.
  5. Put in the fridge until needed then scatter with the almonds and cranberries.
  6. Leave to come to room temperature before serving.