Peter Lamb’s Apple Charlotte

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Darina Allen's Simply Delicious Suppers

Darina Allen's Simply Delicious Suppers

By Darina Allen

Published 2001

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This is the scrummiest, mostly wickedly rich apple pudding ever. A friend, Peter Lamb, makes it as a special treat for me every now and then.


  • 675 g apples (Cox’s Orange Pippin are best but Bramley Seedling can be very good also)
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, preferably free-range
  • 170 g butter
  • 1 small loaf of good-quality white bread
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • softly whipped cream to serve

1 ×1.1 litre capacity loaf tin


Peel and core the apples and cut into slices. Melt the small quantity of butter in a stainless steel saucepan with the water. Toss in the apples and the sugar, cover and cook over a gentle heat until soft. Remove the lid if they are getting too juicy – you’ll need a dry purée. Stir well, taste and add a little more sugar if necessary. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then beat in the egg yolks.

Meanwhile clarify the butter.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

Cut the crusts off the loaf and carefully cut the bread into thin slices, about 7mm thick. Brush the tin with some butter and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Take 2 large pieces of bread, one to line the base of the tin and one for the top of the tin. Dip both sides of the bread into the melted butter. Line the base first. Cut the last of the bread into manageable-sized pieces, about 3.5cm wide, and line the sides with the buttery bread, making sure there are no gaps. Seal all the joins with lightly beaten egg white. Fill the centre with the sweetened apple purée and put the lid of buttery bread on top. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 for a further 40 minutes or so, or until the bread is crisp and golden brown. Leave to settle for 10 minutes or so before turning it out of the tin.

Serve warm with a bowl of softly whipped cream – heavenly!