Apple Charlottes

When I made these for some friends during thanksgiving they literally disappeared!! I had kids ask me if they could eat dessert before lunch! It was hilarious! These are like little bites of heaven! 

Pears may be substituted for the apples. 

14 baking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
20 best-quality slices white bread

1.Place an 11-inch, high-sided skillet or saute pan over high heat. Add half the apples and 1/3 cup sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and just beginning to turn golden, 12 to 20 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on the type of apples). Remove skillet from heat, and transfer apples to a large bowl to cool. Repeat process with the remaining apples and 1/3 cup sugar.

2.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Whisk in cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and set aside.

3.Cut the crusts from the bread. Cut each slice into three 1-by-2 1/4-inch strips. Discard the scraps, or save for making breadcrumbs. Generously brush one side of the bread strips with the butter mixture. Leaving the bottom open, line the sides of the muffin-tin cups with overlapping pieces of bread, with the buttered side facing out, against the tin, pressing as you go.

4.Pack about 1 cup apple mixture into each muffin tin, making sure the apples are flush with the top of the tin and the bread slices. Place the tins in the oven, and bake until the bread is golden brown on the outside, about 20 minutes. Transfer the muffin tins to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the charlottes by inverting onto a baking sheet or cutting board. Serve immediately with whipped cream and/or blackberry compote.


Fusion Spice said…
Hema this recipe is specifically for your son :)
Laxmi said…
This is an amazing dessert!!! absoulutely delicious and unbelievably simple!! good job Rukmini.
Fusion Spice said…
Thanks Laxmi! I am glad you guys enjoyed it.

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