Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Brush six 1-cup ovenproof ramekins with oil or melted butter.
Place apples in a large saucepan with sugar, cinnamon and raisins and enough water to cover. Cook until tender; drain and cool.
Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut 12 rounds from bread slices to fit top and base of each ramekin. Cut remaining slices into fingers (3/4 inch) wide; trim to fit height of ramekin. Dip 6 rounds into melted butter and place in base of ramekins. Dip each finger of bread into melted butter and press around sides of ramekins vertically, overlapping a little.
Fill each bread-lined ramekin with cooked apple mixture and top with last rounds of butter-dipped bread.
Place on baking pan, bake for 20 minutes. Turn onto plates. If desired, dust tops with confectioners' sugar. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
Date: April 11, 2002-Recipe revised Sept. 15, 2006