English Apple Charlotte

English Apple Charlotte

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There is much doubt surrounding the origin of the name 'charlotte . Meat dishes called 'charlets' were around in the 15th century, but some say that the sweet dish took its name much later, from Queen Charlotte, wife of George 111. Whatever the truth of the matter, this is a delicious dessert, with a crisp golden crust and a filling of apples.
Servings: 6
Calories: 287


  • 2 lb cooking apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • light soft brown sugar to taste
  • 3 oz butter melted
  • 8 thin slices brown bread crusts removed


  • Put the apples, cinnamon, lemon rind and juice and sugar in a heavy-based saucepan. Cover and simmer gently until pulpy, stirring occasionally.
  • Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon, then cook, uncovered, over a high heat, stirring continuously, until any excess liquid has evaporated and the puree is very thick.
  • Brush the butter all over the slices of bread. Line the base and sides of a greased 15 cm (6 inch) Charlotte mould or deep cake tin with the slices of bread, making sure that they overlap.
  • Spoon in the apple puree and cover with more overlapping slices of bread. Bake at 190°C (375°F) mark 5 for about 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Serve at once, turned out and accompanied with custard or fresh cream.
Calories: 287 kcal
Carbohydrates: 41 g
Protein: 5 g
Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 297 mg
Potassium: 259 mg
Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 18 g
Vitamin A: 441 IU
Vitamin C: 17 mg
Calcium: 70 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Cuisine British
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