Apple charlotte with cinnamon sabayon

  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the filling

60g unsalted butter
4 medium tart apples
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
1 lemon, juiced
110g packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

For the batter

2 large eggs
60ml whole milk
25g caster sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
30g unsalted butter, for greasing ramekins
25g caster sugar for ramekins, plus extra for top
20 slices brioche bread, crust removed
Cinnamon sabayon, recipe follows

For the cinnamon sabayon

6 egg yolks
110g light brown sugar
80ml calvados or apple liqueur
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
Splash water
For the filling:
1) Set a large saute pan or roasting pan over medium heat and add butter. Peel and cut cheeks off apples then cut into 1cm chunks. Once butter has melted and just starting to foam, add apples, scraped vanilla and its pod, lemon juice, and brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat well and cook for 20 to 25 mins until apples are just tender and liquid has evaporated. The sauce will caramelise slightly and should be a nice, rich dark color.

2) In a shallow dish, make the batter by combining eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk until fully combined.

3) Preheat oven to 190C/Gas 5 and generously butter and sugar 4 ramekins.

4) Invert a ramekin, or use a round cutter, on half of the bread slices to use as a guide to cut out circles. These will be the bases and top of the charlottes - you should have 8 in total. Cut the other slices of bread in half lengthwise.

5) Lightly coat the bread circles in the batter and place in the bottom of each ramekin. Lightly dip the other rectangles of bread in batter as well, then use them to line the walls of each ramekin - standing them upright around the perimeter leaving an overhang that you will later use to fold over and seal the charlotte. It should take about 6 strips per ramekin. Fill each mould with apples and some of the caramel from the pan. Fold over the edges to seal it up completely and sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.

6) Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 to 25 mins. If the tops brown too quickly, cover loosely with foil. When done, the bread will have puffed up slightly, the edges will be brown and the sugar on top will have caramelised. Allow to cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto individual plates. Serve with cinnamon sabayon.

For the cinnamon sabayon:
1) To make sabayon, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set over a pot of boiling water on low heat, i.e. a double boiler. Whisk (you can use an electric whisk to make it easier) until the mixture becomes light and fluffy and the volume almost doubles.

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