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A charlotte is dessert assembled in a mold. In this one, two ladyfinger disks sandwich a cream filling, and a band of ladyfingers surrounds the edge. As you bite into this cake, you're in for a few surprises: First, there's the light, chewy cake, the slightly chewy pears, the soft pear and whipped-cream filling, and finally the surprise -- sweet, crunchy dried figs.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998


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For the Poire Williams Cream Filling

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