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Flavorful Fridays: Apple & Raspberry Charlotte

January 14, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. I had not intended on taking an entire month off from sharing recipes with you, but I’m feeling re-energized and quite excited about this new year and the recipes I have to share. I had planned on sharing this recipe with you at the beginning of December, but I think it’s the perfect recipe to kick of 2011. It’s rich and decadent, and it will take time and patience on your part, but the final product is so worth it.

This Apple & Raspberry Charlotte with White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse was my entry for our Battle Apple Challenge (yikes! Do you remember me mentioning that over a month ago!?). My mom had a recipe for a Pear and Blueberry Charlotte with Mascarpone Mousse from the executive chef of Le Papillon, and while I don’t doubt that his original recipe is divine, I needed to make it my own, so I adapted his recipe. He used brioche, but since I didn’t own a brioche pan at the time, I decided to use chiffon cake instead. I used apple and raspberry instead of the pear and blueberry. And I made white chocolate mousse instead of his mascarpone mousse. I was quite pleased with the flavor of the dessert, however, this is not a dessert to make on the fly. Plan ahead, and you will find it was worth the extra time and effort.


Apple & Raspberry Charlotte with White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse & Creme Anglaise

Adapted from Le Papillon executive chef Scott Cooper

Chiffon Cake Ingredients:

2 cups sifted cake flour

1-1/2 cups white sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

7 egg yolks

3/4 cup cold water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

7 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


Chiffon Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wash an angel food pan in hot soapy water to ensure it is completely grease free.

Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into sifter and sift into a bowl. Make a well; add oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla, and lemon extract to the well. Set aside without beating.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until very stiff. Set aside.

Beat egg yolk batter until smooth and light. Pour gradually over egg whites, folding in with rubber spatula. Pour batter into angel food pan.

Bake for 55 minutes. Increase heat to 350 degrees, and bake 10 minutes until done. Invert pan to cool.


White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Ingredients:

4.5 ounces white chocolate

1-1/3 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

White Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Directions:

Heat 1-1/3 cup cream over medium-high heat and bring to slight boil. Pour heated cream over chocolate to melt. Stir in mascarpone. Once cooled to room temperature, place in refrigerator.


Creme Anglaise Ingredients:

6 large egg yolks

6 Tablespoons sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla


Creme Anglaise Directions:

Whisk together yolks and sugar. Combine milk, cream, and vanilla over medium-high heat, bringing to a boil. Pour 1/2 cup hot mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking continuously. Pour yolk mixture back into the pan and put back on the heat. Stir until thick. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


Apple & Raspberry Filling Ingredients:

1 apple (peeled and cut into medium dice)

1/3 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 Tablespoon butter

1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar (divided use)

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 egg yolks

Apple & Raspberry Filling Directions:

Saute the diced apple in the butter and 2 Tablespoons of sugar until the apple is slightly browned. In a mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the egg yolks. Stir in the cooled apples and the raspberries. Set aside.


Putting It Altogether:

Butter four ramekins, and line with slices of chiffon cake (or brioche), overlapping them to form a complete layer over the sides and bottom of the mold. Fill the inside with the filling mixture, leaving some room for one more slice of cake over the top of the charlotte.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the charlotte to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. To serve, unmold a charlotte by inverting the mold and letting it fall out into your hand and then placing it onto a serving plate. Pour a little creme anglaise around the charlotte and top with a scoop of the white chocolate mascarpone mousse. Serve and enjoy!

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