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Pear charlotte with grilled almonds

6 servings
30 min
4 hours
5 min
Very Easy
Charlotte, Charlote cake, Charlota or even Carlota, if you are Spanish, are just different ways of calling this french dessert that today arrives to Petitchef´s kitchen. A perfect cake that combines the amazing soft texture of the sponge and the freshness of the pears. Light, airy, beautiful and easy to make, this pear Charlotte is unquestionably a “must” to have in your recipe book. A simple dessert that doesn't need an oven! Today we make it with pears but, once you have mastered it, you can try with many other flavours!

Come check out these recipe writing and tips and watch the video so you don´t miss any detail!

Ingredients

Number of serving: 6

For the charlotte :

250 gr ladyfingers

300 gr pears

20 cl cream

150 gr mascarpone

50 gr icing sugar

1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

75 gr flaked almonds

water


To decorate :

3 small pears (about 200 gr)

1 small pear to put on top

Materials

Springform pan 20 cm diameter
Plastic foil

Preparation

  • Step 1 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Cover the bottom of a spring form pan with a layer of plastic foil and close the mold.
    Take a ladyfinger biscuit and gently soak the flat side in the water. Carefully, place the ladyfingers vertically, all around and against the sides of the pan, soaked side facing inward. Arrange them all around the pan. Put one layer of the ladyfinger biscuit at the bottom of the pan as well. The flat-size should be facing up.
  • Step 2 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Place the whisk, the cream and the mixing bowl in the freezer during 15 mins. Then, put the cream + icing sugar + mascarpone in the bowl, whip up them to a foamy and firm peak, until the whisk leaves trails in the cream.
  • Step 3 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Spread almonds in an ungreased pan and move them from time to time until golden brown.
  • Step 4 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Peal, cored and chopped the pears into pieces.
  • Step 5 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Ladle half of the mousse inside the ladyfinger mold; then place the chopped pears on top of the mousse, and then add a layer of almonds. Now, place another layer of ladyfinger.
  • Step 6 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Ladle the rest of the mousse, and, on top of it, some almonds and the rest of the chopped pears and lets make a last layer of ladyfinger, this time soaked them completely and put he flat-size facing up. Cover it with plastic foil and place the cake in the fridge to set for 4 hours minimum. Once the cake is set and cold, cut the excess ladyfingers. Carefully turn the cake upside down and unmold it.

    Peal the remaining pears and cut them in thin and regular slides
  • Step 7 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    Arrange pear slides, and place them on top of the cake around the border. Place some almonds in the center of the cake and put a small whole baby pear in the center to decorate.
  • Step 8 - Pear charlotte with grilled almonds
    There you are, your pear charlotte is ready!

Video

YouTube

Photos

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