As I type, I am enjoying a rather large slice of this Strawberry Charlotte. It is 6:31am. But that’s one of the rules for Monthly Miettes, right? Definitely my favorite rule. It’s the perfect excuse to eat something decadent for breakfast and no one can say “boo.” As I sit here in the quiet of early morning, only Molly is awake and so, we eat cake.
When Amy divulged the chosen recipe for the month of July, I was scared. I was intimidated. Quite frankly, I was shaking in my boots. This recipe is challenging to say the least, just as each recipe in this book is. Perhaps for the very experienced baker these recipes are easy as pie. For me, even with my experience there’s a learning curve when cooking the recipes from this book. The Strawberry Charlotte (pg. 45) is a sight to behold. Layers of moist white cake brushed with raspberry syrup sandwich fluffy layers of strawberry mousse. They get a big hug from bands of homemade ladyfingers and topped off with fresh whole strawberries. Mine may not be quite as perfect as Meg’s but I think it’s a fine try.
Honestly, this cake gave me stress every step of the way. First, my cake had a small crater in it once it cooled, making it difficult to split into nice even layers. I got the job done but it (sadly) wasn’t the perfection I had hoped for. Next came the strawberry mousse. Holy cow this stuff is good! It’s light and airy with delicate strawberry flavor. But there was gelatin involved. I don’t know why but I always have a difficult time using gelatin so once the mousse was complete I immediately launching into worrying that it may not set. It set. I was worrying for nothing.
Last component, ladyfingers. As I piped them I actually at one point wiped the dough off and started over. I really stink at piping. (Note to self: Practice!! Get better at this.) I got them down finally although, I felt they were a bit thinner than I would have liked. Thin or not, they baked up beautifully and made the perfect wrap for this lovely little cake.
Two months into cooking through Miette, I love so many things about this project and this book. The think that I like the most though? Meg makes the complicated clear as a bell. Her careful, intricate instructions make it easy to learn. It’s like she is standing beside me, guiding me each step of the way. Care to join us too? Head on over and be a part of Monthly Miettes. Until next month…