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Wood Fired Apple and Pear Charlottes

img_4277Allegedly named after renowned apple aficionado, Queen Charlotte- the wife of King George III- these delicious bread based desserts are great fun to make- and delicious to eat! You can add berries or other fruits to the filling when in season for a little change.


  • 175g Butter
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 5 Apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 2 Pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • ½tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tbsp Stem Ginger Syrup (optional)
  • 8 Slices of white bread
  • 120g Butter, melted


Fire up your oven to its optimum temperature then leave to cool until you have the perfect baking environment. The temperature should be around 190°c.

Put the sugar, apple, pear, cinnamon, ginger syrup and 175g of butter in a pan. Cover with parchment paper, and put in the front of the oven for 25-35 minutes until you have a consistency similar to a crumble filling. Leave to cool.

On 4 slices of bread, use the top of a 7.5cm dariole mould to cut around to give yourself 4 circles of bread. Leave to one side.

Cut the crusts off the remaining 4 slices of bread, dip them in the melted butter ensuring they are fully covered, and carefully press each slice into an individual dariole so that the base and sides are covered with the buttery bread. If you need to plug in any gaps, you can do so with any leftover bread. Next, spoon in enough charlotte filling so that it’s almost reaching the top of the bread.

You can now take your circles of bread and coat them in the melted better as you did previously. Use each one to top the charlotte- use your fingers to work around the rim of the mould making sure the filling is fully covered.

Once you’ve made your charlottes, place them on a tray, and put a tray the same size on top of the bread lids. This will make sure they don’t come off during the cooking process.

Finally, bake in your wood fired oven for 25-30 minutes until browned on top. Rest for 4 minutes, then carefully tip out the charlottes and serve with ice cream. Delicious!

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