Apple Charlotte: An Irresistible British Pudding

by Joanne on October 1, 2013

This month we are featuring Great Britain at the site of My Kitchen My World.  There were SO many dishes I wanted to make, after all, my parents are English and I was raised on some wonderful, traditional English meals.

After much hemming and hawing, I decided to make use of the apple bounty, abundant this time of year in upstate New York.  The recipe is very easy and also known as Brown Betty.  Fattening, yes. Difficult, no.  Serves 6 – 8

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  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • cinnamon – you will be sprinkling this on as you work the recipe assembly.  Have a fresh jar of ground cinnamon handy so you can sprinkle as you go.
  • 12 slices of whole wheat bread:  Remove crusts
  • 4 large apples, peeled and cored then cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup dark corn syrup.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Spray about a 9” cake or pie pan with non stick spray.

Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with about 2 TBS brown sugar and sprinkle on some cinnamon.

Place 1/2 of the buttered bread slices over brown sugar, cinnamon.  You will place them butter side up.

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Place a layer of apples on top of bread.

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Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Layer more apples and sprinkle with more brown sugar and cinnamon. 

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Top with the remaining bread.  Sprinkle the top bread with remaining brown sugar.  Pour the syrup over the top and bake for 40 minutes.

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Even though the light wheat bread might have more nutritional value than white, and even thought the apples are a nutrition, fiber filled fruit, don’t be fooled. This dessert is just plain good.  It’s sweet and a truly delicious dessert.

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When all is said and done, it’s not that healthy but it’s rewarding and sometimes that’s all that matters after a tough work week.

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It’s apple picking time!  Will you be picking your own apples this Fall? 

What will you be making with all the season bounty?

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  • At 2013.10.01 23:07, peggy said:

    Omgosh that looks fabulously delicious! Im gonna have to try this one!!

    • At 2013.10.02 07:32, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

      That looks delicious! I like the fact that there are so few ingredients to gather in order to make it. I make apple crumble/crisp, but I’d like to try this, too.

      • At 2013.10.02 11:48, Heather said:

        I’ve never had a brown betty before – looks delicious!
        We’re picking apples this coming weekend. I can’t wait!!

        • At 2013.10.03 09:28, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

          Healthy or not, that looks delicious! Plus – it’s brimming with apples so it has fruit, right?? I’ve never had brown betty either. In fact, I didn’t even know exactly what it was until now. No apple picking this year but we did stop by the local orchard and get some cider.

          • At 2013.10.03 23:41, Margaret said:

            THIS looks absolutely wonderful. I have to make this. Great choice for MKMW.

            • […] without further ado…Since this was Joanne’s choice we will start with her dish.Apple Charlotte: An Irresistible British Pudding. Doesn’t that look delicious. Perfect ending to a perfect British meal. I have never made […]

              • At 2013.10.04 10:28, Rebecca said:

                Wow. I’ve heard of Brown Betty for years, but had no idea how it was made. Thank you for sharing this. It looks great!

                • At 2013.10.05 09:07, Kayte said:

                  Wow, what a great choice! That looks so comforting and delicious and like I need a nice roaring fire to sit beside to eat it properly…yum! Thanks for picking Britain…I posted late but we did enjoy searching and discovering and deciding what to make to represent the food of the area.

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