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Dessert: Mini-Apple Charlottes -

Mini-Apple Charlottes

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2cupdried cranberries
3Tbsprum or water
1/2cup(1 stick) butter
7Golden Delicious apples (3 1/4 lb), peeled, cored, &
thinly sliced
1/4cuporange juice
2tspvanilla extract
1Tbspgrated orange zest
24slices very thin sliced firm white sandwich
bread (we used Pepperidge Farm), crusts trimmed
1cupvanilla ice cream, melted (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Preheat oven to 375F. You will need a jumbo muffin tin or six 10-oz ramekins. Toss cranberries and 2 Tbsp rum in small bowl; set aside.
2.   Heat 1 Tbsp butter in a deep 12-in. skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples, sugar, and orange juice; cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until apples are tender but still maintain their shape. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/3 cup of the soaked cranberries, the vanilla, and zest.
3.   Melt remaining butter in bowl. Using a 3-in. biscuit or cookie cutter, cut a circle from 6 bread slices. Brush butter onto one side of each circle and place buttered-side down into each cup or ramekin. Cut remaining bread slices crosswise into thirds; brush with butter. Line each cup with 9 bread rectangles placed vertically, buttered side against cup (bread will extend over top).
4.   Divide apple mixture among cups. Fold bread over filling, gently pressing. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Using an offset spatula, lift charlottes from cups.
5.   Sprinkle with the remaining soaked cranberries. If using, stir melted ice cream and remaining Tbsp rum, and serve on side.

Serves 6.
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