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Old 11-17-2008, 08:36 PM
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Chocolate 'N Cream Charlotte




OK, of all the fancy desserts I've created so far, I must say this has to be the most elaborate. Actually, I've been toying with this dessert idea ever since the Coconut Lime Macaroons Heathy and I created last year. They turned out so light; I immediately thought of how they would make wonderful ladyfingers.

This Charlotte - a classic French dessert that usually consists of a ladyfinger 'mold', filled with fruit, mousse, custard or whipped cream - would definitely not fall under the 'quick 'n easy' category, mostly due to the fact that you must dehydrate the ladyfingers ahead of time. But don't let that stop you! The rest is pretty simple and the final result is so worth the effort! It would be perfect for the Holidays or for those times when you wish to make something special to impress the crowd!



Chocolate 'N Cream Charlotte


Serves 8

For this recipe, you'll need:
  • Ladyfingers
  • Chocolate Brownie Crust
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sauce
Ladyfingers
3 cups dry coconut pulp (from making milk with mature coconut)
1/3 cup agave nectar or raw honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs water
2 tbs vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until well mixed.

Form into ladyfingers (long and narrow) of roughly uniform size.

Place on Teflex sheet and dehydrate until firm and crunchy, flipping after a few hours.

Carmella's Notes:
~ If you don't have access to mature coconut, simply replace the coconut pulp with 1 part dried coconut, ground and 1 part almond pulp.

~ When forming the fingers, they will seem very fragile and as though the mixture isn't going to hold, but not to worry. Once dehydrated they will keep their shape.


Variation 1: For Chocolate Coated Ladyfingers
Dip ladyfingers in following mixture:

Dark Chocolate
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao or carob powder (I used 3 part cacao/1 part carob)
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs agave nectar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Blend until smooth in high speed blender or food processor.

Set chocolate coated ladyfingers aside on parchment paper. Chill for a few minutes.


Variation 2: For Tiramisu-Style Ladyfingers
Dip ladyfingers in a strong concoction of coffee substitute, such as Bambu or Inca,mixed with a little honey or maple syrup. You want to soften them up while they still retain their shape.


Chocolate Brownie Crust
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup pitted dates
1 tbs cacao powder
1 tbs carob powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place walnuts and pecans in a food processor and process until ground. Add dates, cacao, carob and vanilla extract. Process until crumbly.


Chocolate Mousse
I actually used Heathy's yummy Nutless Chocolate Mousse recipe from her new ebook (coming out very soon!) but any avocado-based mousse should do. This is the one from my Chocolate Mousse Cakes:

2 medium ripe avocados
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup + 2 tbs water
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon carob powder
1/2 cup raw honey or agave nectar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 whole vanilla bean
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons lecithin powder*
1/2 cup melted coconut oil

*Lecithin is derived from soybeans and acts as an emulsifier. Look for lecithin granules (preferably non-GMO) at your local HFS. Before using in recipes, make sure to grind them up in a high speed blender of coffee grinder.

Blend all ingredients except the last two in high speed blender until smooth. Add lecithin and coconut oil and blend some more.


Whipped Cream
1 cup cashews
1 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh coconut milk (simply blend 1 part dried coconut with 3 parts water in high speed blender)
3 tablespoons raw honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon lecithin powder*

Blend all ingredients except the last two in high speed blender until smooth. Add lecithin and coconut oil and blend some more until thoroughly mixed. Set in fridge for about 1 hr.

Carmella's Notes:
~ If you can't find lecithin granules, you can use 2 teaspoons psyllium husks instead. As a result, I found that I had to let the cream set in the freezer rather than the fridge. The consistency also made it difficult for the cake to hold its shape well once at room temperature. However, this may not be a major issue if you keep the cake in the freezer, thawing pieces as needed.

~ If the Whipped Cream is too set, place container in hot water, stirring until desired consistency is reached.


Assembly
1- First lightly press crust at the bottom of a 7" spring form pan.

2- Form little indentations along the edge and secure ladyfingers, one by one. I managed to fit a total of 18.

3- Once the ladyfingers are in place, pat the crust firmly against the bottom.




As you can see, I tried both plain and chocolate dipped ladyfingers.




4- Next, pour half of the Chocolate Mousse, followed by half of the Whipped Cream. Place in the freezer to set.




5- Once firm, repeat layers with the rest of the Chocolate mixture...




... finishing off with the Whipped Cream.




6- Set the whole thing in the fridge or freezer until completely firm.

7- Before serving, sprinkle with sifted cacao powder.

8- Slice Charlotte (I found that the easiest way was to make cuts at every 2 ladyfingers.)

9- Drizzle pieces with Chocolate Sauce. Again, I used a recipe from Heathy's new 'Just Desserts' ebook, but any Chocolate Sauce would do. You can make a simple sauce by mixing cacao powder with a bit of agave and vanilla.

Thick & Dreamy Chocolate Sauce
By Karen Knowler

Oh-My-God. That’s really just about all I can say.

Ingredients
• ½ cup raw chocolate powder
• ½ cup dark agave nectar
• ½ cup raw cashew butter
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Directions
Simply place all ingredients into your food processor (this works better than a blender) and process into a thick runny chocolaty goo! It’s a miracle! About 2 minutes worth of pouring and whizzing for the most amazing creation ever.


Enjoy and give thanks for how yummylicious raw food can be!


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Last edited by Carmella : 11-18-2008 at 11:44 AM.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:12 PM
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Ah Carmi!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just getting ready to click off and go to bed! and You You surprised me with this! I'v been waiting for "IT"" now I will dream of Charlotte minus the bad dreams ? Nice super Nice Job Carmi cRAWker!!!!! I'll read all about this tomorrow, up, not! well then Wednsday !!!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-18-2008, 08:51 AM
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OH MY GOD! You have got to be kidding! Girlieeeeee, is there any left?!?!? I reeeally want a piece of this during my visit...pretty please?? (with a cherry and chocolate sauce on top)
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:25 AM
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Heathy:; Save me a slice? I'll be over !!! Yum !!!!!!!! Yummmmmers!!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:55 AM
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looks oh soooo good!

thanks for posting this
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:23 PM
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Looks scrumptious.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:03 AM
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darn it. The pics won't come through at work and I keep forgetting to log on when I am at home. I am dying to see what this looks like!
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:35 AM
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Im eating this cake for Thanksgiving tonight...I cant wait!
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:46 AM
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Hurray!!!!!malilies!!!!!!


I'm making a Charlotte for our Raw 'Holi Days' Pot Luck December 14th! yup !!!!!!! Joz
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:18 AM
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Oh yay! Can't wait to hear how you all like it!

Jozzie, planning on making this one too eh? Will u take pics, pretty please?
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:38 PM
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[quote=Carmella

Jozzie, planning on making this one too eh? Will u take pics, pretty please?[/QUOTE]


I'm going to buy my own camera ! my personal photographer looses tooooooooooooooo many pictures!!!!!!!!!!!! hmmmmmmm I wonder how he got all dorky ones of his river rafting though????? but not my food !

So hopefully I'll have pictures !
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:38 AM
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The cake was delicious. All the SAD eaters (basically everyone but me) wanted to try a piece. They all loved it, someone even asked me for the recipe I managed to cut small pieces so that I could have some leftovers So, Ill be enjoying the cake for a couple more days
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:47 PM
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Hurrah or should I say "Hurraw"?

I'm thinking I might have to make it again for our special guest next week? WDYT Heathy girl?
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OOOhhh yummy!

Hey Jozzie and I were brainstorming for "Chocolate Charlotte" when we had our raw cooking week.

This looks wonderful. On my list...
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:16 PM
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Hey hey Leah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we (you and I ) are still gonna make this '''together''' ! yup ! Do you remember my big '7 Chocolate Sins ?) it's in there; so some day ! you and me project Charlotte !!!

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