As you can see, some of the whipped cream seeped out along the joints where each slice of genoise overlapped.
I had a little bit of a hard time keeping the ganache from sticking to the greased foil, so I lost some of it when I lifted the slices to line the bowl.
I’m looking forward to the cookies in a couple of weeks! And, then, to the sneak peek of the yummy chocolate cake posted on the blog…
I think you did a great job Anne… yours looks more symmetrical then mine… the back of mine was a real mess.
I had the same problem with the whipped cream seeping out. I also had some of the chocolate stick to the plastic wrap when I took it out of the bowl. I used some of the left over ganache to fill in where needed.
I forgot…which cookie are we making for the next bake off? Baking together is so much fun!
Hi everyone, I’m just back in town and THRILLED to see these! Rozanne, thanks so much for posting on my behalf! I love that your kids dug into your charlotte so quickly, must’ve been delicious!
Barbara, I love the look of the lemon, and Anne, I’d love to eat your choco chip charlotte any day! I’m glad you posted it! I’ve posted plenty of stuff that didn’t turn out perfectly, and been thankful when others have done the same. I also had a little seepage between ladyfinger joints, so next time I’m going to pipe them in one long strip (they were in three strips) to eliminate most of the gaps. But the little bits of custard cleaned up pretty easily. I forgot to mention that my band is made of chocolate instead of ribbon, and that it covers a multitude of flaws!
I’ve sent you all a PM, but here’s my thought: why don’t we pick a category of cookie, like we did for the charlottes? “Filled cookies” would include both Mother Bauer’s and the pistachio spirals, as well as a bunch of other choices. (Longing to do the brandy snaps) What do you guys think?
And as for the name, should we call them challenges? Charlotte challenge, etc.? Hmmm, maybe someone could do better than that on the name…
Once a month sounds great, just think how fun this will be when the new book arrives!
i’m so proud of you all there are tears in my eyes and chills of joy! so i must share with you a great tip from my upcoming book: if you replace the flour for the ladyfingers with wondra flour (equal weight or volume) the batter spreads less so is much easier to pipe. the texture is slightly less high but more tender and flavorful. i’m very excited about this improvement so couldn’t bear to withhold it another second. pipe them slightly closer together if you want them to touch.
all the charlottes look spectacular. and i agree with hector—now you MUST try the ethereal pear charlotte.
Thanks so much for your kind words, I think I can safely say we have all enjoyed these bake-offs quite a bit. When Show & Tell time comes around I am all smiles and excitement! It’s wonderful to have such a large body of excellent recipes from which to choose!
The tip on ladyfingers is wondra-ful (sorry, couldn’t resist), I’m definitely going to make that one again, I love the orange bavarian.