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Aeblekage (Apple Charlotte)

Try customising this traditional Danish dessert by adding some raisins, orange zest or chopped dates. This makes enough for up to four servings, so keep the apples and breadcrumbs in separate containers in the fridge and assemble just before eating.

Serves: 4
Time to prepare: 25 mins
Time to cook: 15 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan (with substitutions)

Ingredients

  • 450g cooking apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 4–5 tbsp honey (or use maple syrup to make it vegan)
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g hazelnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop the apples. Put them into a large, heavy-bottomed pan.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and cook gently for 10 minutes until the apples begin to break down.
  3. Mash them up with a wooden spoon and, while they are still warm, mix in as much honey or maple syrup as you like – some people like their apples quite tart.
  4. Set the apple mixture aside to cool – or chill if you want to enjoy the dish really cold.
  5. Put the breadcrumbs into a frying pan and stir in the sugar. Heat the mixture gently, stirring continually, until the sugar melts and the breadcrumbs become crisp and golden – take care not to let the mixture burn.
  6. When you judge that it is perfectly crisp and not too brown, tip it onto a plate to stop it from cooking further.
  7. Divide half of the apple mixture between four glass serving dishes. Cover each with a layer of the sweet, crispy crumbs. Divide the rest of the apple mixture between the dishes and finish with the rest of the breadcrumbs and the chopped nuts.
  8. Serve immediately, while the crumbs are still crisp!

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