Baked Apples and Pears in Cider

This recipe comes from a special friend, Christophe Lachavanne, a wonderful chef and a wonderful person. He showed me how to makes this dish which is both diet (really) and super delicious (really as well.) When I had it for the first time, I swore it was loaded with butter. But I was wrong. It just tastes so rich and buttery. The layers of thinly sliced apples and pear are baked in a clay dish until they melt into each other. Try it and I promise you’ll love it! Add a side of crème fraiche for a little extra decadence.


Baked Apples and Pear in Cider

8 apples (granny smith are recommended but you can use golden delicious if you prefer more sweetness), peeled

8 pears (ripe), peeled

1/2 cup Apple Cider (divided)

Granulated sugar

1 4-quart clay baking dish with cover, soaked overnight (recommend: Romertopf #113)

  1. Preheat oven to 360˚F. Drain your clay baking dish and set aside.
  2. Peel the apples and pears and carefully mandolin them into thin slices. Be sure not to get any of the core into your slices.
  3. Layer the slices of fruit alternating between apples and pears into the clay dish. 1 layer of apples, 1 layer of pears etc. Every few layers sprinkle the top with sugar and then keep layering. The sugar will act like a glue helping the fruit layers adhere to each other. About a 1/3 of the way through, add a splash of apple cider. Keep layering. 1/2 way through, add another splash. Then over the top pour a generous amount approximately 1/4 to 1/3 cup of apple cider. Be generous but not so much that your fruit are soaking in cider.
  4. Press the fruit layers down, gently but firmly.
  5. Cover the clay dish and bake for approx 2 hours and 30 minutes, checking every 30 minutes after the first hour. The fruit should be golden and very brown on the outside. The content should have shrunk in height considerably.
  6. Serve very warm with crème fraiche on the side and enjoy!



  1. Thanx Sam for posting this recipe! I’ve tried to get it out of Christophe for such a long time without success that I’d nearly given up. :*

  2. Christophe made it today , it is absolutely FANTASTIC !!!

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