Sunday, July 12, 2009

Charlotte Royale - The Recipe

Charlotte is a classical dessert with its origins in the 19th century. There are various variants of Charlottes. I here concentrate on the Charlotte Royale. It is quite spectacular, however requires about 6 hours in the kitchen. The recipe here serves 15 and will look like this:

Jam/Jelly Roll

The dessert is covered in slices of jam rolls.

8 eggs, yolk and white separated
120 g sugar
1 pinch of salt
4 tbs of warm water
zest of a lemon
160 g flower
8 tbs of raspberry jam (jelly)

Cream egg yolk, sugar and the pinch of salt until the the mass is bright. Add the lemon zest. Put the whipped egg whites on top and sieve the flower onto it. Fold the flower and egg whites carefully under the mass. Put baking paper on two rectangular baking sheets and evenly spread the mass onto them (approx 1 cm thick). Bake it for 8-10 minutes at 220°C/428°F. Topple the biscuit onto a kitchen towel, remove the baking paper carefully and cover it with the baking sheet to let it cool down.

Spread a thin layer of strawberry jam onto the biscuits and roll them tightly to about 3 cm thick rolls. Cover them with baking paper and put for half an hour into the deep freezer.

Cover the insight of a ball shaped mould (content 4 litres) with clingfilm. Cut the roll into 5 mm thick slices and cover the insight of the mould tightly with them. Keep some for the bottom in the fridge.

Bavarian Cream

The heart of a Charlotte Royale is made of Bavarian cream. This is basically a Crème Anglaise made of sugar, egg yolks and hot milk, which is flavoured with vanilla. In addition, it is thickened with gelatin, lightened with whipped cream, and flavoured with liqueur. Good bye waistline.

There is hardly any procedure, besides of deep-frying, which is not used to produce this. You have to boil, to whip, to bring close to a boil and in the end, you have to whip it in a deep silver dish which is surrounded with crushed ice, as Escoffier recommends.

615 g milk
1.5 vanilla pod
1 pinch of salt
128 g egg yolk
215 g sugar
19 g gelatine
615 g cream
40 g cherry brandy (Kirsch)

- let gelatine swell in cold water
- whip the cream and put it into the fridge
- Slice the vanilla pod with a knife and scratch out the content.

Bring milk, vanilla pod and the pinch of salt to a boil. Remove the vanilla pod. Cream egg yolk and sugar in a bowl. Add the milk while stirring. Pour the mixture back into the pan, keep stirring and bring close(!) to a boil. The poetic German term for this is heat to the rose. So if you see roses, it's hot enough.

Remove from the stove and pour mass into a bowl. Dissolve the squeezed gelatine in it and pass through a sieve into metal bowl. Put it into ice or iced water, keep stirring and let it cool down. As soon as it starts to thicken, fold in the whipped cream and the Kirsch.

Pour the cream into the jam roll layered mould and cover the bottom with the remaining slices of jam roll. Put into the fridge to solidify.

Raspberry Cream

Charlotte Royale is best served on some raspberry cream. While the mass solidifies, we have time to prepare the cream. At least this is an easy step, but has to be done on time, because it tasted better when the cream is chilled.

325 g raspberries
165 g icing sugar
10 g lemon juice

Blend dead ripe raspberries, pass them through a tight sieve, add some lemon juice and icing sugar. Chill it gently.


When the mass has solidified comes the dangerous topsy-turvy part which should put the Charlotte into the perfect position onto the serving plate. When that went well, brush some abricoture onto the surface to give it a shiny appearance. To get the apricoture, I heat some apricot jam in a pan and pass it through a sieve.


Now the final trimming at your discretion.

Done. Enjoy!


Gauss Jordan said...

Impressive. I may have to try this next time I need to bring a dish to an event.

Suf Steve said...


its require too many step. i'm confuse.but

i will try then. thanks for sharing


Mickle in NZ said...

Wow, Wow, a brilliant result from all the kitchen work over many hours.

Sincerely hope your dishwasher could clean most of the pots, pans, bowls etc... needed to make this...

And your guests adored eating it.

I'm happy looking from afar,

care and huggles to you each and both,

Mickle xxxx

Sonia said...

Could you include the measurements for the 2 rectangular baking dishes (for baking the jelly rolls) ?

jimmy said...

you forgot to say please, Sonia

wazinah said...

wow its amazing, i made it, but the baravrian cream leached out!! i thik that it was not well set

Randa said...

Oh my lord! I wanna do this but im afraid I will be stuck forever in the kitchen making it.

Anonymous said...

Now that I have seen it, I know I will have to try this... sometime. Thanks so much for sharing. I can imagine making one and documenting the steps takes extra time.