This dessert has been around since the 19th century and was supposedly created for and named after King Henry IV’s daughter, Charlotte. Although it is French in origin, the etymology of the name may have been an adaptation for the Old English word charlyt which means “a dish of custard.” Whatever the origins, this is one delicious dessert.
Often in America this dessert is known as a refrigerator cake because the most common version is chilled and set in the refrigerator. Try adding the charlotte mold to your collection of baking supplies for a perfectly set charlotte every time. This dessert is made with pureed fruit tucked inside a thin crust layer or cream filled and surrounded with lady fingers, or more traditional bread soaked in cream or other liquid. The charlotte is then usually set with gelatin to help it keep its form when unmolded.
The fruit version is best served hot, while the cream recipe is best served cold. Charlotte molds are a traditional piece of bakeware that is usually made using metal because of the material’s ability to conduct both hot and cold extremely well. It makes browning the hot dishes easier and the cold dishes chill faster. All charlotte mold handles are in the shape of hearts, which is traditional for the mold, though no one knows exactly why. For hot charlottes it is best to cover them with a lid when cooking.
Add a set of charlotte molds to your bakery to cook the perfect charlotte and delight your guests with an amazing summery dessert.