There was only one question remaining about that successful apple Charlotte â€“ the one made cold by letting it stew for hours in a fridge. One of my guests suggested it might have been better served hot. The debate raged, but in the end there is only one way to prove the pudding. Fortunately there was one helping left. A couple of days later I heated it up in a covered dish in the oven, and tried it with cream.
I can report that it was better served cold. The fruit tasted sharper and the thoroughly soaked sponge fingers had better texture. It depends on the individual’s tastes, of course, but I doubt many would disagree.