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Charlotte russe is a dessert invented by the French chef Marie Antoine Carême (1784-1833), who named it in honor of his Russian employer Czar Alexander I (“russe” being the French word for “Russian”). Originally it was a cold dessert of Bavarian cream set in a mold lined with ladyfingers.
Nowadays the cake is simply called “Charlotte” and and come in many variations.
Taky’s in Shizuoka City has created his own version with an accent on pears.
The Gateau de Savoie (sponge cake) lining the bottom and sides is imbibed with Poire Williams Liqueur.
It is filled with vanilla mousse containing cuts of pears marinated in Poire Williams Liqueur.
The Gateau de Savoie forming the “lid” was baked separately. It contains more meringue (beaten egg whites) and sugar, making it it lighter and slighter cripsy.
Certainly more fulfilling than it looks, it is best appreciated with a great tea!
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays
2 thoughts on “Taky’s Classic Cakes (5): Charlotte”
I will try this because I always wanted to make Charlotte Russe but thought it to be too heavy. This seems to be delightfully light. Thanks, DCRose
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