French Apple Charlotte
Cut bread into pieces and completely cover the bottom and sides of a charlotte mold. (easy when bread is cut into 1 inch strips for sides, and triangles for the bottom.) Brown the triangle pieces in some of the butter and place in bottom of mold. Dip strips of bread in melted butter and line sides. Pour hot puree into mold and cover with more strips of bread dipped in melted butter. Set the mold on a baking sheet and place in a 400 F oven.
This takes a while to prepare, but it isn't difficult and it has a most distinctive and delicious flavor. A charlotte mold is round a 3-1/4 -4 inches high, but a 2 quart souffle dish will do as well.
December 10, 2010