Editor's Note: This gorgeous Raspberry Charlotte isn't like your typical dessert recipes. Featuring a decadent raspberry mousse and lightly sweetened ladyfingers, this raspberry dessert tastes as good as it looks. Fresh raspberries on top dress it up and add a tart, tangy element. Unlike cakes or other baked desserts, this one is light and fresh, making it perfect for the warmer months! If you're looking for dessert ideas that are well outside the box, you've got to make this pretty mousse recipe — you'll wow them all with its flavor as well as its looks. This no-bake Raspberry Charlotte recipe is one that every home baker will want to have on hand. The recipe's authors have also included directions for a chocolate variation, which are located below the recipe's instructions.
This is a show-stopper dessert with tart raspberry mousse surrounded by tender lady fingers.
Preparation Time50 min
Cooking Time10 min
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBirthday, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get Together
Taste and TextureCreamy, Fruity, Sweet
Type of DishDessert, Fruit
- 18–20 lady fingers, halved crosswise
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin powder
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Three 6-ounce (168g) baskets fresh raspberries
- Confectioners' sugar, to garnish
- 8 × 2-inch (20 × 5-cm) round cake pan
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Line the bottom of the cake pan with wax paper. Arrange the lady fingers, sugar side out, around the sides of the pan.
Bring the milk and vanilla to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Remove the vanilla bean and whisk the milk mixture into the bowl. Rinse out the saucepan. Return the custard to the saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spoon (185°F/85°C). Pour through a wire sieve into a clean bowl.
Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/8 cup water in a small heatproof dish. Let stand for 5 minutes, until spongy. Place the dish in a frying pan of very hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Stir into the custard and mix well. Place the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water and let stand, stirring often, until the custard is almost set.
Beat the cream just until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the custard. Stir in half the raspberries. Carefully spoon into the lady finger- lined pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set completely.
Invert the pan onto a platter to unmold. Arrange the remaining raspberries on top. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve chilled.
Variation: Chocolate Charlotte
Omit the vanilla and raspberries. Add 6 ounces (175g) bittersweet chocolate to the hot custard; whisk until smooth. Decorate with grated chocolate.
2008 Dorling Kindersley