If you can give me a simple, delicious, vegetarian recipe that is also (1) French, (2) sweet, and includes (3) apples, you could pretty much meet all my criteria for the perfect recipe.
But, don't worry, you don't have to go find one for me. Because I've already found it. And I'm prepared to share it with you!
Vegetarian recipe: Pudding Crème aux Pommes
(Apple and Bread Pudding)
From Simple French Food by Richard Olney
1 lb. apples, quartered, cored, peeled, sliced
Large handful (about 2 ounces) stale breadcrumbs, without crusts
½ cup butter
Pinch powdered cinnamon
1 cup milk
⅓ cup sugar
Small pinch salt
Cook the apples in about 3 tablespoons butter, tossing from time to time, until tender and translucent, about 20 to 30 minutes. Cook the breadcrumbs in the remaining butter (adding more butter if necessary) over very low heat, stirring regularly, until they are uniformly golden and crisp.
Spread the crumbs in the bottom of a lightly buttered gratin dish, arrange the apples on the bed of crumbs, and sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon. Whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, and salt, and pour slowly over the apples. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Serve warm, accompanied or not by a sabayon sauce (1/2 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, 2/3 cup white wine, and a bit of grated lemon peel whisked in a small heavy saucepan in a bain-marie of nearly boiling water over low flame until thick).