Apple Charlotte

Today I’m happy because it’s the first Sunday of summer. I’m happy because I’ve bought a huge bag of figs for £1. I’m happy because we’re all celebrating how wonderful our mothers are….and I’m happy because I’ve just got back from The Food Chain (look it up) which always puts me in a great mood.

The aim is to make main courses, puddings and high teas for about 70 people, and then package them up so they’re ready to be distributed round London by 11:30am.

Today I was making the pudding – Apple Charlotte. It’s so easy to do, and especially good for feeding lots of people. It’s one of those really comforting puddings too that’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Ingredients (for about 4)
450g cooking apples
85 g breadcrumbs
55 g grated suet
1 lemon
115 g sugar
55g butter

Start off by mixing together the breadcrumbs, sugar, suet and lemon zest.

Next, peel and thinly slice the apples.

Layer half of the apples in a dish, and cover with half of the breadcrumb mixture. Pat it down so that it’s level. Drizzle all the lemon juice over it, and scatter some little knobs of butter.

Use up the rest of the apples by doing another layer, and then sprinkle the rest of the breadcrumb mixture on top. Put a few more little knobs of butter on the top, but don’t drizzle lemon juice on the top layer, because it’ll burn.

Pop the dish into an oven at 180°c for an hour, or until the apples are tender. Serve with custard or cream or ice cream…or all three!

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