Sunday, November 16
BAKE IT: Apple Charlotte
If you are or know someone who is a 'Downton Abbey' fan, than chances are you have witnessed or heard mention of the Apple Charlotte episode. To summarize for those who you are completely confused by this: Mrs. Patmore, head of the kitchen was suffering from failing eyesight and was no longer able to read. When requested to make an apple Charlotte for a visiting household guest, she was hesitant to admit to her inability to read and insisted that she had already made the evenings dessert. Unfortunately the evenings dessert ended up being covered in salt and inedible. It is later commented by Mrs Hughes that apple Charlotte is rather simple, hinting you do not need a recipe, and doesn't need to be sugared.
Mrs Hughes is very correct, apple Charlotte is one of the simplest recipes I have ever made. Although, there are several versions of this recipe out there, I actually prefer one with sugar and a hint of spice.
Full time 1 hour
8 slices of bread
8 apples, any type, I use a mixture of green and red
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp all-spice
Preheat oven to 350' and lightly grease a large pie dish with butter (not included in recipe).
Cut bread in half from corner to corner. To create 16 triangles.
Butter both sides of bread triangles liberally.
Layer 8 triangles on the bottom of prepared dish.
Core and slice 4 apples as thin as you can.
Layer apples over bread and drizzle over half of the lemon juice.
Sprinkle across half of the lemon zest, sugar, and all-spice.
Layer with remaining bread.
Core and slice remaining apples and layer over bread.
Drizzle with remaining juice.
Sprinkle across remaining lemon zest, sugar, and all-spice.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before slicing.