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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Orange Cranberry Charlotte Russe +$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!


     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!



   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!


    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.


    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!


     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!  



Orange Cranberry Charlotte Russe
Makes a 7" dessert 

Ingredients:

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

  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. 

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46 comments:

  1. This looks beautiful! I look forward to trying this recipe - thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope you love it!

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  2. This looks absolutely amazing, and so easy to make!! Pinned for sure. Thanks for sharing this one and the chance to win!!

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    1. Carlee, this dessert is gorgeous! I wish I could reach in and grab a taste. I've never made this type of dessert but you make it look so easy! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity too. ;)

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    2. Thanks, Michele! I really enjoyed finally taking what I had been mulling over and making it happen. Good luck on the gift card!

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  3. Hi Carlee this looks so spectacular a real show stopper in my book. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom and hope to see you at our new linky the Over the Moon link up staring December 7.

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    1. Thank you so much! We really enjoyed it. Thanks for all of the WendesdaysWisdoms, the new party sounds great!

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  4. Sounds wonderful! And no bake? Definitely going on my list of recipes to try during the holidays!
    Thank you for linking up to the Holidays Celebration Link Party! Your post has been pinned to the party's Pinterest board (https://www.pinterest.com/pinteresab/holidays-celebration-2015/). Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!

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    1. Thank you! I just love how pretty it turned out and it doesn't have to fight for that precious oven space!

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  5. The dessert looks perfect for the holiday season, Carlee! It's so elegant and the topping looks like a pretty jewel.

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    1. Thank you, Kitty! I thought it turned out really well too. I love the color of the cranberries!

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  6. The first thing I thought when I saw this is, "That's so pretty"! Perfect for entertaining!

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  7. great giveaway, awesome prize of $500 but I would gladly change it for that cake , yeah I know I am again thinking with my stomach.

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  8. Hi Carlee, Your cake looks so elegant, and looks like you spent hours in the kitchen! So pretty! Where's my fork???I'm hosting Christmas dinner this year, and this is going to be one of the desserts. Pinned! Thank you for sharing, and for the chance to win some Holiday cash!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! It will be perfect for Christmas! I hope you all love it!

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  9. Hi Carlee, you bought a real treat to the party. It does not look too difficult but looks just stunning. This would add some pizzazz to the table.
    Thanks, Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #33 I am liking on SU

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    1. Thank you so much! It really was quite easy to do (once I decided on exactly how I wanted to pull it off!) Thank you for hosting.

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  10. This dessert looks stunning. You always come up with the most beautiful desserts Carly. Do you travel? :)

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    1. Thank you and sure! A vacation would be nice ;-)

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  11. I love recipes like this that are simple enough but the end results look phenomenal! Awesome job!!

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    1. Me too! I love no-fail, make ahead recipes that still look like a million bucks! Thanks!

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  12. Wow Carlee! You made such a gorgeous looking cake and I'm sure is delicious. This is perfect for the holidays.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you. Enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, I had a blast making it!

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  13. Looks perfect for Christmas - thank you for popping over to Pin worthy Wednesday

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    1. I think so too. I can't wait to make another one! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Hi Carlee!
    What a fun festive dessert! ooo I like that you dip the crust in orange juice... yum! Thanks for linking up with us at Talented Tuesday!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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    1. I loved that extra little hit of orange when you had a bite of crust too! These are normal holiday flavors for us, but they normally are on the dinner plate rather than the dessert table. It was fun to "promote" them to dessert! Thanks for hosting, Aspen! I hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  15. This is definitely a neat recipe!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, I had a lot of fun with it. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  16. Love the recipe..and will make it.
    I would love to enter the giveaway..but wows a just way too too many hoops to jump to enter nod I just don't have the time. Why are these giveaways wih this group like this. Boo ..haha..but I am serious. Anyway...have a good holiday
    Vickie

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    1. There are a lot of things to do if you want to enter all of the different ways. Luckily any one entry can win, so you don't have to do them all. It just takes quite a few people to get $500 together to giveaway! I hope you love the dessert anyway!

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

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  18. This looks great a perfect compliment to a holiday meal! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week (Dec. 3rd)!! Pinned!

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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

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  21. 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.

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

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