Join us for an online baking class and wow your guests with this beautiful, yet easy, charlotte (molded dessert). There are a few steps, but all are quite easy. Crispy cookies surround and hold a silky rhubarb/strawberry mousse which is then topped with a jewel like glaze and garnished with fresh strawberries. This dessert was first created for French Royalty. "Tres delicieux!"
- 1/ c. and 3 Tbsp. Grand Mariner
- 2 1/4 c. and 2 Tbsp. sugar (divided)
- 1 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. lemon juice (divided)
- 28 wide or 42 narrow crisp ladyfingers (Note: Dry, crisp ladyfingers are preferred for this recipe vs. soft, fluffy ones.)
- 1 lb. frozen strawberries (whole or sliced)
- 1 lb. frozen or fresh rhubarb
- 1/3 c. and 4 Tbsp. water (divided)
- 4 packets of unsweetened gelatin (Note: 1 box contains 4 packets.)
- 1 3/4 c. heavy cream
- fresh strawberries for garnish
- plastic wrap
- small saucepan
- medium saucepan
- 8 by 3 3/4 inch springform pan
- measuring cups for liquids and solids
- small bowl
- hand mixer or stand-up mixer
- food processor
- room in the refrigerator to chill charlotte overnight
Please note: In order to follow along with the instructor, please ensure you have the ingredients and equipment ready. This recipe requires cooling times. The charlotte must chill for at least 3 hours before applying the glaze, and then must chill for another hour before slicing. A demo will be provided during class on how to apply the glaze so students will be able to complete their charlottes on their own the following day. At this time, gluten-free and vegan options are unavailable for this class.
This class is appropriate for all ages, although anyone under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.
This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent 1 hour before the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.
Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you would like to request a sign language interpreter, or will be attending class with an aide please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).
About the teacher:
MaryAnne Quatrano-Holleran was a classroom teacher for 34 years and she has put her teaching skills together with her love of cooking Italian (her heritage) food. She has taught a monthly Italian cooking class for 10 years, as well as in-home cooking classes. MaryAnne has also appeared on the FoodNetwork! Her skills and recipes have been passed down to her from her Nonna, and she has also taken private cooking classes in Sorrento, Florence and Siena.
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