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Orange Cranberry Charlotte Russe

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Lady fingers surrounding creamy filling topped with smooth cranberry sauce.

You guys, isn’t this dessert pretty?!  I think it is the perfect new treat for your holiday dessert table.  

The cranberry sauce on top makes me think Thanksgiving, but isn’t the color perfect for Christmas?  You should definitely plan to make it for both!

Want to know the best part(s)?  Don’t worry I’ll tell you!  Here are a few:

  1. It is no bake, so you don’t need to jockey for oven space!
  2. It is sweet enough to be dessert, but it isn’t sickeningly sweet.
  3. You can make it a day or two in advance.
  4. It has three kinds of fruit in it, and wholesome dairy.  So, it is practically a health food!

Are you convinced you should make it yet?  You definitely should be!

Slice of charlotte russe with creamy filling and cranberry topping.

I mean really, doesn’t it look pretty?  The filling is so light and fluffy.  

The cranberry sauce adds so much flavor.  The lady fingers make it look so pretty and elegant.

I have been wanting to make something like this for quite some time and finally had a perfect excuse.  We were invited to dinner at some friends’ house and I was on the dessert committee.  

Score!  Time to pull out all of the stops!

Bits of lady fingers dipped in orange juice and arranged in springform pan.

All you have to do is make a “crust” out of lady fingers.  Dip them in a little orange juice to add that extra punch of orange flavor.

Big dollop of cream filling in lady finger lined springform pan.

After a few minutes in the mixer is and the filling is ready to go.  You will not believe how fluffy this stuff is!  The best part is it is made with all wholesome ingredients you would be glad to eat!

Pushing cranberry sauce through mesh strainer to make smooth sauce.

Make a batch of classic orange cranberry sauce and strain out the solids.  Then you have a nice smooth topping that will knock your socks off.  

The color is amazing and the flavor is perfect for the holidays.  This dessert feels so indulgent and elegant.  Nobody will ever guess how easy it was!  

Charlotte russe with the pan removed, showing lady fingers and cranberry sauce.
Yield: 8 Servings (a 7-inch dessert)

Orange Cranberry Charlotte Russe

Lady fingers surrounding creamy filling topped with smooth cranberry sauce.

This charlotte russe is loaded with creamy filling, cranberry topping and orange soaked lady fingers. It is elegant, delicious and no bake!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

Charlotte Russe

  • 7 oz lady fingers
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 small bananas
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese

Topping

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Dip each lady finger quickly into the orange juice.  Just pass it through the orange juice, you don’t want them to get soggy.  Cut to the height of your springform pan. Place around the edge of the pan, using the cut ends to make the bottom crust. Don’t worry if the bottom isn’t completely filled in, but you do want the outer rim to be complete.
  2. In your mixer, beat together the bananas and cream cheese until mostly smooth.
  3. Add the zest, cream and mascarpone.  Beat until the cream thickens.  Once it is thick enough to form soft peaks and hold its shape, spoon into prepared lady finger crust and spread until smooth.  Refrigerate.
  4. Meanwhile, make the cranberry topping by bringing orange juice, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon stick to a boil over medium-low heat.  Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.  Pour through a sieve or small holed strainer.  Push filling with the back of a spoon to release all of the liquid.  Allow strained liquid to cool to room temperature for at least an hour.
  5. Spread half of the completely cooled cranberry sauce over the chilled filling and return to refrigerator until ready to serve.  Use the rest of the cranberry topping for serving. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This charlotte russe is loaded with creamy filling, cranberry topping and orange soaked lady fingers. It is elegant, delicious and no bake!

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Vanessa Rottner

Sunday 13th of March 2016

If you can't obtain Mascarpone cheese, it's easy to make. You need 500 ml (2 cups of) heavy cream, bring to medium heat stirring constantly, until to coats the wooden spoon, add 3 teaspoons of lemon (I prefer this to vinegar). Keep stirring until thickens. Cool in bath of cool water, for 20 minutes. Refrigerate (strain in cheese cloth with strainer with bowl underneath)..it should look like cream cheese. You can reserve the whey in the bottom of the bowl for other cooking.

Carlee

Monday 14th of March 2016

It would be so much fun to make my own mascarpone! I'll have to give that a try!

Vanessa Rottner

Sunday 13th of March 2016

This traditional Edwardian dish was often served for lunch in the U.K. It cranberry/orange is placed on the bottom so that when it is 'flipped'after resting in the fridge the bottom becomes the top. This looks wonderful, I made my first when I was 15. Now Carlee you have whet my appetite. Bon Appetite. Thank you for the lovely photo's.

Carlee

Sunday 13th of March 2016

Oh my, I would love to see it done that way! Thank you!

Unknown

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Good golly Miss Molly, luv the delicious recipe. To die for. Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

Carlee

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Good luck!

Carlee

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Thanks for hosting, Elaine! We really enjoyed having something a little different with our holiday meal!

Unknown

Saturday 28th of November 2015

This looks simply divine! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again at this week's party:-)

Carlee

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Thank you, Sherry!

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