Last week you read about Vim and Vinegar, and today I’m sharing a delightful recipe which I love for this Thanksgiving or fall season.

Have you ever made Apple Charlottes?

They are so cute and fun and scrumptious!

We made them in ramekins and also little 1/2 pint-size canning jars. Both work!

My Balcony Girls and I stumbled through the process together, and so I recommend doing this with a group of kids. It’s yummy (hey, it involves white bread and butter!) and it’s really fun.

In fact, it could be a Thanksgiving Day activity for kids to get involved in the kitchen after the main meal is served.

Apple Charlottes
Serves 12

Filling:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
8 cups apples peeled, cored, and diced (and pears would be delicious, too!)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 tsp. vanilla

Crust:
2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 loaf white bread

Preheat oven to 475. Prepare the filling on the stove by melting the butter first, and then by adding the sugar and stirring. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat.

Stir and cook the apples until they are juicy but a little firm. Remove from the heat.

Prepare the crust by brushing the inside of the dish (jar) with butter.

Take a biscuit cutter (or a knife) and make 2 1/2 inch circles to fit at the bottom.

Dip both sides in melted butter and one side in sugar. Cut strips of the bread to fit around the sides of the jar; dip in butter and sugar.

Place the sugar-sides down to the outside in the jars.

Divide the filling evenly between dishes. Place on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the outsides of the dish/jar becomes caramelized (golden brown).

Cool for only a few minutes before turning over onto a serving dish. NOTE: An adult needs to be the one to flip the dishes over (hot!)

Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

This dessert was a pure delight to the Balcony Girls. But hey, not just for the girls. I brought the leftovers home and my boys devoured it all before I could even get a bite.

Great presentation and really fun for apple/pear season!

Do you have a favorite apple recipe that your kids love to eat? Or do you do anything special with kids to get them involved in cooking on Thanksgiving Day?

Here’s a sneak peek at what the Balcony Girls are up to this week, since we are focusing on “giving.”

Want more info on Balcony Girls? Go, here. And thank you, Jyl and Jamie, for featuring RE and the Balcony Girls on Mom it Forward (changing the world one mom at a time) this week!

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