Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sweet, Special Treat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sweet, Special Treat

Article excerpt

Golfing, for some, is a way to relax, and let life sort itself out. for others, it's zen, a mystical experience. For me, it's a time to think about food. When i golf, i work up a hunger. Most of my summer golfing is done early, to avoid the heat of the day. I eat my breakfast, oatmeal with raisins, whenever possible. But sometimes life isn't perfect, and so i grab a power bar or one of the specialty store sesame-seed energy bars I love.

By 10:30, I'm thinking of food. Nonstop. I pull out a tee and I think, "Tea." What should I fix to serve with iced tea? How about pecan tassies? What about madeleines? Or ladyfingers? They are so light and airy.

Or, a wonderful ladyfinger-lined charlotte russe? No, not for tea, I think. For a dinner party. Or a ladies' luncheon, out on my patio.

A charlotte russe is so cooling that it slides down your throat. In 90-degree weather, that sounds like heaven.

I hit the ball, and it arcs high in the air, traveling farther than it has before on that hole. I swell with pride. That's it, I think - I can make the custard on Monday when the club is closed.

No wonder this dish is a classic favorite. It looks regal, with the ladyfingers forming a crown. When you eat it, the delicate ladyfingers melt into the cool, creamy custard, making a perfectly delicious finale to a meal. CHARLOTTE RUSSE

10 to 12 ladyfingers

5 egg yolks

Dash salt

1 tablespoon gelatin (slightly more than 1 package)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 2/3 cups milk (or 1 cup whole milk and 2/3 cup whipping cream)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup whipping cream, whipped into soft mounds

Place fine strainer and two bowls, the larger containing ice water, near stove. …

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