Peasant Girl with Veil

Not a dish for the average peasant girl, I wouldn’t think, except maybe in Normandy. There she could find her apples and her Calvados which can be used instead of brandy, and good luck to her.


  • 2 heaped tbsp brown breadcrumbs
  • 55g/2oz butter
  • 750g/lb apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 scant tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 300ml/½ pint double cream, whipped
  • 115g/4oz dark chocolate, grated


Fry breadcrumbs in butter until golden brown. Cook the apples with the brown sugar in a little water and when cooked stir in the brandy. In a glass dish arrange alternate layers of breadcrumbs and apples, finishing with a layer of breadcrumbs. Cover the top layer with the whipped double cream and sprinkle the grated chocolate over the top.