Cheddar Apple Squash Soup Bowls

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  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. 
  2. Place cubed squash on a tray and mix with some oil, salt, pepper and finely chopped thyme. Toss to coat well
  3. Slice the head off two large heads of garlic and drizzle the inside with oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap it in foil and place on the tray alongside the squash. 
  4. Roast for about 30 minutes until the squash is tender.  Keep the garlic in until it’s roasted for about 45 minutes total until sweetened 
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Sauté onions until softened then add apples and cook for 2 minutes
  6. Add in the cooked squash and stir to combine.  Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes. Then blend the mixture until smooth. 
  7. Pour in the cream and stir through.  Then stir through the cheddar cheese.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste followed by the roasted garlic.  Squeeze it in and whisk it through the soup.  Set aside and keep warm
  9. For the grilled cheese, spread two slices of bread with butter.  Top with grated cheese, followed by crispy bacon and sliced apples. Top with more grated cheese and the second slice of bread. 
  10. Pan sear the sandwich until it’s golden brown on both sides and cover with a lid to help steam to melt the cheese. Keep warm
  11. Add some extra grated cheese to the same pan and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Cook until it’s crispy and let it cool before removing it from the pan. 
  12. Cut out the centre of a boule and remove the insides.  Brush it with butter and bake it until golden brown. 
  13. Pour the soup into the bread bowl and garnish with the cheese frico. Serve with the grilled cheese and enjoy!