No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Pear Charlotte

  • prep: 50 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 6




  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds (about 6) Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 10 to 12 slices firm white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed
  • Confectioners' sugar, for serving
  • 2/3 cup chilled heavy cream, very lightly whipped with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add pears, sugar, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pears are very soft and most liquid has evaporated, 20 to 25 minutes; remove from heat.

  2. Step 2

    Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter; set 1 tablespoon aside. Working with one slice at a time, brush butter onto bread, and arrange, buttered side down, along the sides of a 5-to-6-cup ovenproof bowl, overlapping slightly. Cover bottom with a single slice of bread. Reserve remaining bread to cover fruit.

  3. Step 3

    Fill lined bowl with pear mixture, mounding in center (fruit will settle during baking). Cover all with remaining bread slices; trim to fit tightly to edges of bowl. Brush with reserved butter, and press in firmly, sealing edges.

  4. Step 4

    Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 to 10 minutes in pan; turn out onto serving plate. Sift confectioners' sugar over the top. Use two large spoons to divide charlotte into pieces, and serve with lightly whipped cream.

Everyday Food, November 2005