Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Anticipation of Downton Abbey Inspired Dessert

Downton Abbey's Cook, Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol)
In Season 1 of Downton Abbey, episode 5, Cora invites Sr. Anthony Stallan to dinner, in hopes that he might be a potential husband for Lady Mary.

Wanting to impress her she presents the morning of the dinner party a recipe to Mrs. Patmore, the Downton Abbey cook for Apple Charlotte, proclaiming it one of Sir Anthony's favorites. 

Mrs. Patmore with her own limitations claims that the dessert for the evening cannot be changed, and refuses to make Sir Anthony's new favorite dish. 

And it was that moment, I told my wife that I didn't want a present for my birthday, but I wanted Apple Charlotte. 

My birth is less than a week away, and I have never so much anticipated a birthday present as I do this year, because my wife is already prepping for this very complicated dessert (particularly because it was requested to be made in an authentic "Downton" style - no imitation or modifications here - so she's following Julia Child's recipe from Mastering The Art of French Cooking).

It's too bad Sir Anthony and guests didn't get this treat...especially since instead of Apple Charlotte they received raspberry meringue pudding (salted in error, not sugared).

1 comment:

Angela said...

I love Downton Abbey! It was great. I hope they do more like that.