Strawberry Charlotte ~ #MonthlyMiettes

by Kate on July 12, 2012

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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 decadentย 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.

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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.ย 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.

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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…

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Enjoy!

~K

One Year Ago: Smorgasburg!!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary July 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Well your finished result looks divine. Don’t talk to me about craters…what? Were you visiting someone in Denver?

I have this book; had no idea there was a monthly group and I might have to check it out. I actually have two. Was very impressed that they replaced the first one with a printing error in lieu of sending me a piece of paper to slide into the book!

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Kate July 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

That is very impressive! So glad that they replaced the whole thing. No fun having a cookbook with loose pages. And thank you very much! It was so divine. A perfect breakfast ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do hope you join us! It’s a lot of fun and what I like best is that the recipes are going to teach me things. As I’ve flipped through, I’ve noticed that these recipes take time and patience. I feel like I’ll learn a lot from baking my way through it. And actually, Monthly Miettes is a relatively new group. If I’m not mistaken, July was the 4th month so you won’t have missed much at all. Hope to see you with us!

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Christine July 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

wow! you made the ladyfingers? I could not tell! they are perfect! That looks so delish, I could lick my computer screen right now.

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Kate July 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Thanks Christine! Yes I did ๐Ÿ™‚ And get this, making ladyfingers isn’t difficult at all! I was intimidated by the whole cake when I initially read all the components but when all was said and done, it all worked out and pretty darn well too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad I made you want to lick your screen. That made my day!

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Jing July 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Kate, your strawberry charlotte is absolutely gorgeous! Glad the mousse set up nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lisa July 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Beautiful Charlotte, Kate! I’ve never made one but I’ve always been intrigued. However..I have made lady fingers, so that’s step one, right? I’ve also made mousses with gelatin – step two? Oh, forget it..I know mine would never turn out – I’m already thinking about it too much lol I love the big, fat, juicy strawberries crowning your Charlotte, and the bow is so pretty!

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Christine July 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

tee hee…. hope my drool didn’t transfer to your screen! I will have to try out ladyfingers one of these days when the weather isn’t so humid! argh!

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Baker Street July 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

Woah! That looks stunning! You did a fabulous job, Kate! I agree with you. Its a rule to enjoy a slice with writing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Kate July 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Thank you so much, An! I’m so glad you think so.

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Aimee @ Food, Je t'Aimee July 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hooray! Kate! BEAUTIFUL JOB!!! I feel exactly the same as you do about these recipes, in how they will challenge me and teach me so many new things. That’s why I started this in the first place – a scary but exciting (and delicious) challenge! And cake for breakfast is my favourite part, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Your Charlotte is stunning and you should be so proud! You’ve given me courage to tackle my own; it’s on the menu next weekend. Wish me luck! xo

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Kate July 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Aimee!! I’m so glad you started this project cause I’m definitely loving it. Can’t wait to see your Charlotte!! I’ll wish you luck but I’m sure you won’t even need it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jennie @themessybakerblog July 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

Stunning. Absolutely stunning! It’s so beautiful that I almost don’t want to eat it… Almost!

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Kate July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Thanks!!! And trust me, you would want to eat it ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was SO good! All the work that went into it made it especially satisfying. I adore this cookbook. Each page intrigues me, challenges me and frightens me just a little too.

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LinsFood July 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hey, your charlotte is absolutely gorgeous! I think your sponge fingers are PERFECT! I bet you’re extremely pleased!

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Kate July 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks!! I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!

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Stay-At-Home-Chef August 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Wow – this looks AMAZING! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks just as good as in the book! I have made the cake and ladyfingers and will tackle the mousse tomorrow. Hope it turns out as I’m bringing it to a big family dinner…yikes! Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kate August 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Good luck! I’m sure it turned out fantastic. I have no doubt. And thanks!! It was definitely a project but I felt accomplished at the end. Can’t wait to see yours!

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Paige Feichtinger November 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi! I am wanting to try making the Miette Strawberry Charlotte for a bridal shower. I’m wondering what size/depth cake pan you used. In the pictures in the book it looks like a really deep pan and her cake looks tall, however, they dont seel deep cake pan that i can find. Thanks for your help!

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Kate November 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

I used a 6 inch pan that was about 3 inches deep. Hope that helps!

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