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Apple Charlotte

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the apple charlotte

120g/4½oz caster sugar

6 sharp eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1cm/½in pieces

2 tbsp Calvados

1 orange, juice only

½ tsp ground cinnamon

100g/3½oz salted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

6 slices white bread


For the butterscotch sauce

60g/2½oz caster sugar

20g/¾oz unsalted butter

200ml/7fl oz double cream


For the Chantilly cream 

200ml/7fl oz double cream

2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted

few drops of vanilla extract


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Butter a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin.

2. Put the sugar and 3 tablespoons water into a saucepan set over low heat. Cook gently until the sugar has dissolved and a light caramel has formed.

3. Stir the chopped apples into the caramel. Add the Calvados, orange juice, cinnamon and 20g/¾oz of the melted butter. Cover and bring to the boil, cook for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for another 10–15 minutes, or until all the liquid has evaporated and the apples are soft. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

4. Flatten the bread slices slightly with a rolling pin and remove the crusts. Dip the bread in the remaining melted butter, ensuring it is well covered. Use about four slices of the bread to line the base and sides of the basin, overlapping the bread slightly to ensure there are no gaps.

5. Spoon the cooked apple into the bread-lined basin. Cover with the remaining bread and press down to seal, pinching the edges of the bread together.

6. Put the pudding basin on a baking tray and bake for 35–40 minutes, or until deep golden brown and crisp on top. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then carefully invert onto a serving plate.

7. While the pudding is cooking, make the butterscotch sauce. Put the sugar and 4 tablespoons of water into a pan over low heat. Bring to the boil, then simmer until the sugar is a dark golden caramel. Whisk in the butter, stir in the cream and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring all the time, until the sauce is creamy and golden-brown. Remove from the heat.

For the Chantilly cream, whisk the cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl.

To serve, pour the sauce over the pudding. The Chantilly cream can be served on the side for guests to help themselves.