Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Strawberry Charlotte Russe

The Dowager Countess had it right when she said
"It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding".

 I decided to make some Strawberry Charlotte Russe.  I noticed several recipe variations online and decided to put mine in little glass sherbert dishes.  If you have been watching Downton Abbey - you know all about Charlotte Russe from season three.  Here is my version which is super simple!

I am also sharing a lovely old glass sawtooth cake stand that I found last weekend while doing the flea markets in Fort Collins.  I didn't have a small one like this - so that is my excuse for buying it!

You might also enjoy looking at the "Best of Bliss" special edition by Victoria Magazine 2013 as they have a chapter of Elegant English Berry Puddings!

I also found the cup and saucer on the left
 to add to my collection of pink English
 ones to mix and match.

Here is what you will need to make 8 desserts:  4 cups of mashed fresh strawberries, *1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 envelope unflavored gelatine, 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream and 2/3 cup confections sugar, and 2 packages of 12 ladyfingers
*If the strawberries are summertime sweet - you can skip the 1/3 cup of granulated sugar!

#1  Heat the 4 cups of strawberries in a saucepan, add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 envelope of gelatine and bring to a boil,  stir well and remove to a large bowl to cool in the refrigerator

#2  In a deep medium bowl, whip 2 1/2 cups of whipping cream with 2/3 cup of confectioners sugar till stiff.  Save back 1/2 cup of this (after the whipping) for topping embellishment

Mix the cooled strawberry mixture together with the whipping cream

#3  Line each sherbert dish with 6 pcs of split lady fingers and spoon berry mixture in the middle.  Take the 1/2 cup reserved whipped cream and embellish tops - also embellish with pieces of strawberry.


  1. On Downton Abbey I'm glad they stayed and had their pudding. It would have been such a waste not to. Your pink teapot is gorgeous and so is your new tea cup. Thank you for hosting.

  2. Your dessert looks very good, Bernideen. Love your pink teapot! Have a great week!

  3. Your photos are so pretty today, Bernideen. The pudding does look good. Hugs, Deb

  4. Thanks for the tea party, Bernideen! Your setting is just gorgeous. I love all the pretty pinks and flowers and your recipe looks delicious. I'll be giving it a try soon. Can you tell me, however, where you found Lady Fingers? I've looked for them before for a recipe and can't find them. We live in a small cowboy town though so it's possible they're just not in high demand here!

    Have a lovely day!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  5. I do love your pink teapot, Bernideen! Your pudding looks yummy. My hubby always prefers a simple cookie with his tea. But I enjoy pudding, pie, cake, etc...I have a sweet tooth, I'll be honest! Lovely post today and wonderful finds too.
    Thanks for hosting and coming to tea at my cottage as well.

    Blessings and joy,

  6. I love your excuse for buying a new cake stand! Thanks for hosting, Bernideen! The Charlotte Russe looks yummy!

  7. I'm going to try that pudding! Looks beautiful in your crystal dishes. I've never made any thing with lady fingers, so am anxious to try it. You set a beautiful tea table again with all your pretties. Your new cake plate is lovely and its nice to have different sizes. Thank you for hosting your tea party and have a wonderful week!

  8. Bernideen, your Charlotte Russe pudding looks delicious. I'd love to try that the next time my best friend comes over for tea. And can you believe how they ended this season of Downton Abbey?!!!

  9. I love your Russe...thanks for the Recipe! Your Tea Party is so pretty with the beautiful Tea Pot and mix of Tea Cups.

    Jan ♥

  10. Dear Bernideen,
    I love your beautiful tea vignette. Your floral teacups & teapot are gorgeous. The dessert looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  11. OMGosh- That looks beautiful and it sounds wonderful! You do such a wonderful job with settings -everything looks so very pretty- I was heartbroken at the end of the last show. Oh- I can't wait for Season 4!!! xo Diana

  12. Love your pink teapot and cups. The pudding looks so yummy.

  13. Hi: I am coveting your tea pot. It is just stunning. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party. Blessings, Martha

  14. I liked that line from the show too and the women were brave to stand up to Lord Grantham and stay.
    The new cake stand is fancy, a good find and your version of the pudding does look easy to follow.
    Thanks for hosting Bernideen.

  15. What lovely photos and the Strawberry Charlotte Russe looks delicious. I have fond memories of making a charlotte russe with my hubby (for a dinner party) when we were first married.

  16. Your pinks are beautiful today! Sorry, I was a little late with my link.

  17. I love the individual servings of the "pudding". Fun memories, too of the great moment during Downton Abbey!

  18. I was so glad Violet said what she did! I was relieved they did not leave the tea. I also loved the look of the room they were in. Gray and cream, with those beautiful red roses on the table. It was stunning!

    Your tea table today is also very beautiful. What gorgeous tea cups! So pretty and feminine in pink.

    I would love to try a Charlotte ruse too. Thank you so much for sharing the process with us.

  19. Oh YUM it looks so delicious!! And I adore your pretty tea pot!

    Jocelyn @

  20. I love the cake stand ! That would be a good enough reason for me to buy one.Cake stands are so versatile in decorating and for table-settings.

    We have a lot of family that would love this pudding, and since we have so many berries growing here, it is a recipe worth bringing out when the berries are ready to be picked.

  21. Hi Bernideen,

    You have such lovely treasures! Gorgeous pink teapot and pretty teacups. Thank you for hosting and sharing your delicious dessert with us.

  22. Dear Bernideen,
    What a wonderful post. I love your new teacup. I love your pink teapot...it is sweet, sweet, sweet. Your table and desserts look professional and so appealing.
    Wow, what a fabulous tea party.
    We are huge Downton fans too.

  23. Oh my goodness what a lovely post!

    Bernideen I absolutely ADORE that pink teapot, it is GORGEOUS!

    Thank you for hosting!!

    Have a wonderful day!

  24. Your table setting is gorgeous! Also your dessert sounds yummy and looks so elegant!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Sandy ; )

  25. Oh, I do love your pretty china, Bernideen. Thanks for letting me know about Magali's collection of Rose Chintz. Yes, I do know her but I hadn't checked her post recently. Love the Rose Chintz.

    I also understand it's a special day for you today; Happy Birthday, my dear friend! May your day be filled with special blessings and the year ahead see all your dreams come true.

    Blessings and hugs,

  26. The "Charlotte"looks yummy and that teapot is so beautiful and delicate.

  27. A countess after my own heart! The Charlotte Rousse looks divine and I can't wait until the strawberries are in, XOXO

  28. Sorry I am late...my husband is recovered enough for me to visit. Love your setting. Gorgeous teapot and the desserts are wonderful. Your photos are always so wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting.

  29. Just the most beautiful teapot you have!!! Pink pink and so pink! Just beautifully feminine. Thanks for posting such a fun party.

  30. Hi Bernideen,
    I feel like the Dowager when I imagine to have tea on your pretty table. Each item is so beautiful. The Charlotte Russe looks very nice in the glasses. Thats a great idea because it looks so messy when a part of the big Charlotte Russe is already served. So everybody has her own dessert. Thank you for sharing this pretty tea time, the recipe and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  31. How lovely-lovely-lovely! Still have yet to watch my first episode of DA, and I can't wait to get with the program, literally. A friend is going to lend me her DVD's so I can get up to speed!

  32. Bernideen, I love Downton Abbey and this dessert looks so delicious! Love your beautiful teapot. I have a large sawtooth cake stand that was given to me years ago by a friend. It is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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