Recipe by Chef Kate
This is certainly an amazingly popular dessert in Normandy where it is sometimes served with an apricot sauce, or with Creme aux Oeufs, a sweet custard sauce, the recipe for which is posted separately. Supposedly, my Grandfather was always able to get on my Grandmother's good side by bringing home an Apple Charlotte from a French bakery on Madison Avenue, which, we were told, she never shared with my Father. This is traditionally made with Pain Brie, the recipe for which is posted. I like a mixture of firm, tart apples and a few sweet, softer apples--like Granny Smiths and a couple of MacIntosh)
- 6 cups apples, peeled, cored and cubed (it is very hard to say how many apples, probably at least 6 depending on size)
- 1 loaf white bread, white, cut into 1/4 slices (Pain Brie or good, firm textured white bread(12 to 15 slices necessary)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, unsalted, melted
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions See How It's Made
- Cut the crusts from the brread and reserve for other use such as bread crumbs.
- Lightly brush both sides of each slice with butter.
- Line the bottom of a charlotte mold (it should be 6" across by 3" deep --you may use a deeper mold--it will just require extra care in unmolding) with 3 to 4 of the slices of bread cut in triangles and overlapping by about 1/4".
- Line the sides of the mold with 6 to 8 slices cut in rectangles that are the same height, they should also overlap slightly.
- Reserve 3 slices for the top.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Saute the apples in the remaining butter for 3 to 4 minutes and add the sugar and cinnamon; stir well and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Pour the apples into the bread-lined mold and press down lightly with the back of a spoon.
- Cover with the reserved slices of buttered cut to fit the space.
- Place the mold on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Cool for at least thirty minutes and unmold onto a serving plate.
- Serve warm or room temperature with Creme aux Oeufs or apricot sauce.
- Note: This version is not overly sweet, certainly not as sweet as many other Charlottes.