In the kitchen - Mini Charlotte of Framboise

Ain't this the sweetest little dessert? Made this cute little lady over the weekend for Thanksgiving with a friend. Has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but that's ok. 

what you need:
6 biscuit rose de reims (if you can't find these, use regular lady fingers and glaze with a hint of rose water on one side)
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or use regular sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
1/2 cup of raspberries, diced 
1/2 cup strawberries, diced
mint for garnish

what to do:
1. in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, with vanilla sugar (add more sugar if needed). save about 2 tablespoons on the side for later use with lady fingers. 
2. wash and dice your raspberries and strawberries into little pieces and place to the side
3. now most people construct this in a bowl called a charlotte, but i didn't have one so i just tried different ways and the following worked best. 
-your tower should be about 6inches in width, 4 inches tall, layered with cream cheese and fruits. get a 6 inch cookie cutter if it helps you for the shape and take about 2 tablespoons of the cream filling and create your first layer (should only be about 0.5cm height per cheese layer). then take about 3 tablespoons of the small diced up fruit and create another layer on top of cheese layer (about 1cm in height) and repeat until the tower is standing free at 4inches. the end result of this should look like a circular tower, with white and red layers. don't worry if your tower is not perfectly circular, when you add the lady fingers on the side, it will form shape. 
4. once tower is standing, use the saved cream cheese as glue and place on the interior of each lady finger and stick one by one around the tower. 
5. finish off with a dollop of cheese filling on top, a ribbon to hold her together, with mint and raspberry on top!

damn, all this sound too complicated?
then just make a little layered bed of the cheese filling (or vanilla yogurt) and lady fingers. dice up some fresh fruit and serve like in the 4th photo. 

everybody wins.