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    Plum brioche charlotte

    A lightly scented, juicy plum pudding that uses brioche instead of ordinary white bread for added buttery richness

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 25 minutes to 30 minutes

    Serves: 8


    800g Waitrose British Plums, stoned and quartered 
    115g demerara sugar
    4 whole star anise
    1 tsp cornflour
    150ml apple juice
    40g butter, plus extra to grease
    8 slices essential Waitrose Sliced Brioche Loaf


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Put the plums into a frying pan with 75g of the sugar and the star anise. Heat very gently, stirring frequently, until the plum juices start to run and the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat a little and cook for 5–10 minutes more until the plums are soft and there is plenty of syrup. 

    2. Blend the cornflour with a little of the apple juice until smooth. Stir in the rest and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the juices have thickened slightly. 

    3. Generously butter a shallow baking dish or pie dish with a capacity of about 1.2 litres. Press 4 of the brioche slices into the dish. Melt the butter and drizzle half over the brioche. Tip the warm plum mixture into the dish on top of the brioche. Slice each of the remaining brioche slices into 3 pieces and arrange casually on top of the filling. Brush generously with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar.

    4. Bake for 25–30 minutes until the brioche crust is crisp and golden. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Delicious with crème fraîche or Greek yogurt.

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