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Friday, August 04, 2006

Charlotte Russe (Vintage French Dessert Recipe with Ladyfingers)

This vintage dessert is from a circa 1930's Home Economics Text Book.

Charlotte Russe was invented by the French chef Marie Antoine (1784-1833), who named it in honor of his Russian employer Czar Alexander I. It is a cold dessert of Bavarian cream set in a mold lined with ladyfingers.

  • 3/4 tbsp. granulated gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 1/4 cup hot milk
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Ladyfingers or spongecake

Soak the gelatin in the cold water until it is soft and then dissolve it in the hot milk. Whip the cream.

Add the sugar, salt and vanilla to the dissolved gelatin.

Set the bowl containing the mixture in ice water, stirring the mixture until it begins to thicken. While it is still soft fold in the whipped cream, adding about one-third at a time.

Pour the mixture into a mold lined with ladyfingers or bars of spongecake.

Chill thoroughly.

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