If you are trying to think of something to make for your Holiday Season dessert...how about my favorite, Charlotte Russe.
"Charlotte is a corruption of the Old English word charlyt meaning a "dish of custard." There is a lot of doubt surrounding the origins of the name "charlotte." Meat dishes that were known as charlets were popular in the 15th century.
It is said to have been invented by the French Chef Marie Antoine Careme (1784-1833), who named it in honor of his Russian employer Czar Alexander.
Other historians say that this sweet dish took its name from Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife of George III."
See the bottom of the post for my mother's recipe.
I am having a hard time reading her writing, though here it is:
Soak 1 packet of gelatin in 1/2 cup of cold milk
Mix 4 egg yolks with 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of sugar- cook over a double boiler or very low heat until it turns into a custard.
Melt the gelatin liquid in the microwave and add it to the custard.
Cool mixture in the refrigerator.
Whip one cup of whipping cream and fold it into the mixture
Whip the four eggs whites and fold these into the mixture
Add a little brandy or vanilla
Line a mold with lady fingers (I think you can make them or find them at Straub's) and pour the mixture in.
Refrigerate until thoroughly set and serve.