Charlotte is a classic French dessert, that usually contains a cold mousse and fruits, surrounded by lady fingers. I love the combination of strawberries and lemon, so my charlotte is a strawberry-lemon charlotte. A French charlotte is light and fresh, and is easy to make: you don’t even have to bake it! In France, it is common to use the French “fromage blanc”, a white yogurt-like cheese, to make the mousse. Since “fromage blanc” can be tricky to find in the US, I decided to use a mixture of greek yogurt and whipped cream instead. I used fat free greek yogurt so the result is super light, and yummy!
You will need lady fingers. You can usually find these at international grocery stores, especially stores that carry Italian products. You can also find them online:
I recommend getting a little bit more lady fingers than you actually need, so you have extras in case you accidentally break one.
In terms of the whipped cream, you can either get heavy whipping cream and whip it yourself, or buy already whipped cream.
For the gelatin, I used the Knox gelatin in individual packets.
You will need a charlotte cake mold. I got mine at Williams Sonoma. You can also buy one online: