Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs
You do not need an oven for this dessert as it has an airy mousse like filling. It will take approximately 2 hours to set. You will want to use the soft ladyfingers cookies not the hard ones otherwise you will have difficulty cutting it. It calls for 1 tsp icing sugar but you can easily use 2 teaspoons. I found this recipe in the Food and Style Magazine.
- 40 soft french-style ladyfinger cookies
- 2 cups milk (not skim)
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 (135 g) package vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup low-fat sour cream (5 %)
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest (grated fine)
- 1 cup blueberries or 1 cup raspberries, divided in half
- 1 teaspoon icing sugar
- Line a 9" spring form pan with ladyfingers. Start with the border first around the edge of the pan and slice off top ends so ladyfingers measure the height of the pan. Flip the ladyfingers around so the cut ends sit on the bottom of the pan and the rounded ends create a curved edging at the top.
- Layer the ladyfingers in a single layer on the bottom of the pan, butting them snugly against the standing ladyfingers to help keep them vertical. You will have to trim the ladyfingers as needed to fit. Use trimmed edges to fill in any gaps.
- In a saucepan, whisk together milk, gelatin, pudding mix, sugar and vanilla.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture has the thick consistency of a custard sauce.
- Scrape into bowl and set in cold water bath to cool. Stir occasionally until custard is tepid.
- In a large bowl, beat whipping cream until fluffy (but not stiff).
- Gradually beat in sour cream.
- Fold in lemon zest and cooled custard mixture.
- Stir in 1/2 of the berries.
- Scrape into ladyfinger lined pan and spread evenly.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap.
- Chill 2 hours until filling is firm enough to slice.
- To serve, remove outer ring of pan. Place the remaining berries in the middle of charlotte and dust with icing sugar.