Chunky Sweet Potato & Apple Soup with Cheese Croutons


      1. Heat the oil, then add the onions and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes to give a little colour.
      2. Next add the potatoes, apples, stock and water, and bring to the boil. Season well with salt and pepper, then turn down the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes.
      3. Once the potatoes are cooked and very soft, mash roughly with a potato masher, until you have a thickish chunky purée. This will thicken considerably.
      4. Add the cream and check the seasoning, adjusting if needed.
      5. Meanwhile, cut the bread into diagonal slices and toast on 1 side.Turn over and sprinkle generously with the shredded cheese.
      6. Return to the grill until the cheese melts.
      7. Serve the soup in deep bowls with 2 cheese croutons on top.