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Charlotte Chantilly, aux Fraises

Mastering the Art of French Cooking | Julia Child

July 2, 2021 | Laura Bullock | This post may contain affiliate links.

Charlotte Chantilly Julia Child Recipe

Recipe 181

- Charlotte Chantilly, aux Fraises [Strawberry Cream], p. 608

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Butter Count: +1 TB

Cost: $10.09 [~$1.12 per serving]

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I should've been keeping up with how many ladyfingers I will make throughout this whole process. Whatever the exact number is, it is a lot. Ladyfingers are still my least favorite recipe to make out of this book, and I'm not really sure why. I guess I just don't enjoy the process. They are, however, absolutely delicious.

Okay, I was really nervous to make this recipe after my last dessert recipe, Charlotte Basque. I had to make it three times in order for me to feel okay counting it as a success (even then, it was still pretty iffy). Long story short, the filling was wayyy too liquidy and my homemade ladyfingers were not enough to keep all the goodness inside. For the Charlotte Chantilly, Julia even starts the recipe off by saying that if all the steps aren't completed correcty, the dessert will collapse rather quickly. Oh boy. In the end, my dessert collapsed rather quickly. I believe my egg yolks were well thickened, my cream was chilled, and everything went as it was supposed to, but I guess not. While it wasn't as big of a disaster as the Charlotte Basque, it still had its flaws. I did some research and found that many people have documented themselves making this recipe. Unfortunately, a good chunk of those people served the dessert unmolded in dessert cups. I did, however, find two bloggers that made the ladyfingers. Both of which mentioned that their filling was not thick enough! Womp womp. While I still do not know what went wrong, at least I feel comforted by the fact that I'm not alone.




Despite this dessert looking mehh, it was delicious! Anything with Julia's strawberry sauce in it, is going to be amazing. This Charlotte Chantilly is definitely lighter than the previous Charlottes I've made which makes it perfect for a summer-time treat. I'll probably just put it inside a dessert cup next time though.

What is a Charlotte?

A charlotte is a classic French dessert. ALl the ones I have made so far are chilled, but it can also be baked and served hot. Even though I do not own one, a charlotte is usually made in a charlotte mold. All of Julia's charlottes are chilled and lined with ladyfingers. You can also line them with buttered bread or sponge cake. The inside is filled cream, custard, fruit filling, or a combination of those. After making the charlotte, it is chilled and unmolded for a handsome dessert.

Why is it called Charlotte?

Good question. Nobody really knows for sure. Some say it's similar to a dessert that was made for Queen Charlotte of England. Some say that it was named after Alexander I's sister-in-law.

What are the other kinds of Charlottes in Julia Child's book?

There's Charlotte Malakoff aux Fraises which is filled with strawberries and an almond cream consisting of butter, sugar, pulverized almonds, and whipping cream. The Charlotte Malakoff au Chocolat is similar to the previous one but has coffee and chocolate instead of strawberries. The other one is Charlotte Basque which is filled with custard, butter, and pulverized almonds and has no cream folded in.

For this recipe:


Julia Child Charlotte Chantilly

The first task is forcing strawberries (or you can also use raspberries) through a sieve. You'll get this beautiful delicious sauce. I love love this sauce. In fact, I put it on all types of desserts and use it in cocktails as well! The sauce is chilled until used.

Strawberry Sauce Julia Child

Custard Julia Child

Now sugar is beaten into egg yolks until the mixture turns pale yellow and it forms a ribbon when it falls back onto itself. The mixture is placed over almost-simmering water and beaten until it becomes hot. Immediately the bowl with the egg mixture is placed in a bowl of ice water and folded until chilled. Important to use a stainless steel bowl as a glass bowl has the potential to break during the temperature changes.

Egg Yolk Ribbons

Thickened Egg Yolks Julia Child

Chilled whipping cream is now beaten until it forms stiff peaks. Use those arm muscles!

Whipping Cream Julia Child

Stiff Peaks Cream Julia Child

Julia Child Strawberry Cream

The strawberry sauce is now folded into the chilled egg yolks. Then the whipping cream is folded into the mixture. It is all poured into a ladyfinger-lined mold, chilled for at least 6 hours, unmolded, and decorated with strawberries

Charlotte Chantilly Julia Child

Julia Child's Strawberry Cream Recipe

Strawberry or Raspberry Cream- a cold dessert


Julia Child's Charlotte Malakoff aux Fraises

Julia Child's Charlotte Malakoff au Chocolat

Julia Child's Charlotte Basque


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Bon appétit!

July 2, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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