Raspberry Charlotte Russe

A luscious and beautiful dessert! Perfect for a special holiday dinner since it can be prepared 1 day ahead.


2 packages (7 ounces each) of lady fingers, 4 inches long

4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1 1/4 cups milk

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

8 egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar


2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur

1 cup chilled whipping cream

1 cup sour cream

2 baskets raspberries, 1/2 pint each or 1 package (12 ounces) frozen raspberries (not in syrup)


2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed


Honey Tips

Honey Is One of the Oldest Foods

Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tut and was still edible since honey never spoils.


Place ladyfingers, round side down on bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. You will need to trim some of them in order to completely cover bottom of pan. Place remaining lady fingers round side out, around sides of pan. Set aside.
Mix gelatin with 1/4 cup of milk in a bowl. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. In a sauce pan scald 1 cup of milk, 1 cup whipping cream and vanilla, remove from heat. Using an electric mixer beat yolks, sugar and honey until ribbon forms when beaters are lifted.
Gradually add warm milk mixture to yolks. Return to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken, around 5 minutes. Do not boil. Pour into a large bowl. Add gelatin mixture and liqueur. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Set custard aside to cool about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Make sure mixture doesn’t set.
In a mixing bowl beat 1 cup chilled whipping cream and sour cream until stiff. Fold this mixture into the custard. Pour half of mixture into springform pan. Sprinkle with half of the raspberries. Pour remaining mixture on top, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Save remaining raspberries to use as garnish.
Puree thawed raspberries and honey in a processor. Strain through sieve to remove the seeds. Cover and refrigerate.
To serve: remove from pan, slice, and drizzle with raspberry sauce.
Serves 10.