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Charlotte Biscuit Base

This recipe used to make our Bavarian Cream Charlottes yields three bases of different sizes: 5 inches, 9 inches, and 11 inches.

  • yield: Makes 3


  • 5 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Draw a 5-inch, 9-inch, and 11-inch circle on parchment. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg yolks on high speed with 1/2 cup sugar until thick and pale, about 7 minutes; set aside. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites on medium speed until foamy; slowly add remaining sugar and cream of tartar. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer egg whites to a large bowl. Gently fold in the yolk mixture, and then fold in cake flour in 2 additions. Using an offset spatula, spread the batter inside each circle.

  3. Step 3

    Bake 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

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