Apple Charlotte

Apple Charlotte is a wild concept – the crust is white bread instead of pastry and you glue it together with butter. The filling is similar to apple pie but it is reduced substantially to remove most of the moisture. Sprinkle this decadent dessert with demerara sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream and a dollop of apple butter.

Apple Charlotte
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 9x5-inch cake loaf


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided

  • 3 pounds Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

  • ½ cup apple butter

  • ½ cup chopped crystallized ginger

  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy, preferably Calvados

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

  • 12 slices white bread


  1. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chopped apples, apple butter, crystallized ginger, brandy, lemon zest and juice, salt, ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until apples have softened, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and mixture has thickened, an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the crust.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Melt remaining 12 tablespoons butter in a small microwave-safe bowl, in 15- to 30-second intervals. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

  4. Remove crusts from bread slices. Gently dip both sides of each bread slice in melted cinnamon butter and arrange inside a 9x5-inch loaf pan, cutting them as needed to line the bottom and sides of the pan completely. Overlap pieces slightly to ensure there are no cracks. Spoon in the apple mixture and cover with remaining butter-dipped bread slices.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bread is crisp and golden, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place a plate or serving platter over the loaf pan and flip so the bottom has now become the top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

455 Calories
25g Fat
57g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 387mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 4g
Potassium 397mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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