Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe

With the holidays coming up, this dessert will be a good addition to any holiday menu. It’s quite easy to make and I made it just as the recipe was from the Christmas With Southern Living 1997 Cookbook. The girls and I enjoyed this last holiday season and I kept forgetting to post it so I guess this would be a perfect time to do it. Especially since I’m already contemplating what to make this time around.

The only Charlotte Russe my daughters were familiar with was the clothing store so they were interested to find out that it is also a Russian molded dessert similar to the tiramisu.

2 (3-4 ounce) packages fat-free white chocolate instant pudding mix (Jell-0 brand) – they only came ‘fat-free’ but I used whole milk instead of skim milk as suggested on the package
2 ¾ cups whole Milk
2 teaspoons grated Orange Rind
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice, divided
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Whipping Cream, whipped
19 Ladyfingers, split
1 (12 ounce) tub Cranberry-Orange crushed fruit

Prepare both packages of pudding mix according to package directions, using 2¾ cups milk. Stir in orange rind, 1 tablespoon orange juice and vanilla. Gently fold in the whipped cream.

Line the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan with lady fingers. Spoon the pudding mixture into the pan and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until dessert is set.

To serve, combine the crushed fruit (cranberry-orange) and the remaining 1 Tablespoon of orange juice and serve on the side or on top of the cream and ladyfingers mixture.

The girls enjoyed using the stemmed glasses to serve their dessert in.

Charlotte Russe

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6 comments on “Charlotte Russe
  1. JMom says:

    Ann, if you love creamy, pudding like desserts, you will love this. I did! I have made it several times since and love it each time.

    I am not too crazy about the jello instant pudding mix though. You can taste the ‘instant’ness 🙂 So I’ve been experimenting to making the white chocolate pudding from scratch which really isn’t hard to do if you’ve made pudding before.

    My favorite element in this recipe and I think you shouldn’t omit it if possible, is the cranberry orange crushed fruit. I found the Ocean Spray brand in the canned fruit section of my grocery store. It comes in a small plastic tub.

  2. Ann says:

    I spotted this in my Southern Living cookbook and am contemplating making it for a special occasion this weekend (January 31, 09).
    May I ask if it was really, really wonderful? I probably shouldn’t try a new recipe for guests, but it looks so lovely, I’m tempted. But I only want to do it if it was fantastic, and I’m not sure I got that message from your post.
    Thanks a million!

  3. Dexie says:

    LOL, I thought about the clothing store when I saw this on twitter :). Looks very yummy.

    haha, Dexie you sound like my daughters when I said we’ll have Charlotte Russe for dessert. They thought they were getting a shopping spree 😀

  4. Nikki says:

    we didn’t use Jell-O in culinary school…but I’d for sure us it now! This looks great. Mmmm.

    hi nikki, I have been meaning to remake this and use a ‘from scratch’ white chocolate mouse recipe instead of the jello one. Do you have a recipe to share? 🙂

  5. cchiovitti says:

    This looks so yummy! My grandmother used to make a similar dessert, I’m pretty sure she soaked hers with rum, though!

    hi cchiovitti, actually the original recipe called for orange liqueur instead of orange juice. I bet it was good with rum. 😀 I always used to wonder why my mother liked to make rum infused dishes over the holidays…. now I know why. lol!!

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