Stage 1 - 2 min.
Put 4 sheets gelatin
to soak in cold water.
Stage 2 - 10 min.
Peel the pears and cut into 4 lengthways. Remove and discard the core, then cut the quarters into small pieces.
Stage 3 - 3 min.
Blend the pears with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 pinches vitamin C
and 50 g caster sugar
You should normally get 400 grams of coulis for 1 charlotte.
Stage 4 - 5 min.
Pour this pear coulis into a pan on medium heat.
Stage 5 - 2 min.
Heat the coulis (no need for it to boil, 122°F or 50°C is hot enough) and add the softened sheets of gelatin.
Whisk to mix thoroughly.
Cool the coulis by standing the pan in cold water, stirring frequently.
Stage 6 - 1 hour
Once the coulis has cooled to room temperature, cover with plastic film
, which should touch the coulis surface to prevent oxidation. Leave to wait in the fridge.
Stage 7 - 2 min.
While the pear coulis is cooling, begin assembling the charlotte. Line the bottom of the mould with plastic film to make turning out easier.
Prepare the soaking syrup by mixing 200 ml Sugar syrup
, 2 tablespoons pear eau-de-vie and the juice of half a lemon.
Stage 9 - 5 min.
Soak the biscuits in the syrup and cover the bottom of the mould.
Stage 10 - 5 min.
Then line around the sides.
Check the texture of the pear coulis, which should be thickening and turning pasty.
Stage 12 - 5 min.
Stage 13 - 2 min.
Add the same weight of pear coulis.
Stage 14 - 5 min.
Stage 15 - 5 min.
Fill the charlotte with half of the pear mousse.
Stage 16 - 3 min.
Add a layer of pear coulis about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick.
Stage 17 - 5 min.
Finish filling with the rest of the pear mousse.
Cover with plastic film and leave overnight in the fridge.
Stage 18 - 12 hours
Turn out shortly before serving and slice vertically.