Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet...Raspberries and Cream Charlotte from Sarabeth


Two of my blog friends and I received the same cookbook for Christmas.  We decided to select a recipe and post it for Valentine's weekend.  This lovely recipe is from Sarabeth's Bakery From My Hands to Your's cookbook, I did a post on Sarabeth a few weeks ago, you can read it by clicking here.  The links to their blogs are at the end of this post.



Here's the recipe, a detailed one is below.


So I lit the candles on the dining room table



Then I set the table with our china and silver.


 Poured the tea!


Cut into this sinful dessert!


doesn't it look like the book?

Mmm, would you like a bite?

Below are links to my blogger friends that have posted a "Sweet" recipe from Sarabeth's cookbook!  Enjoy and have a wonderful fun-filled weekend with the people you care about!

and

The Recipe!
24 Lady Fingers (you can make them or buy them, I bought them)

Filling
5 6-once containers fresh raspberries
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder
¼ cup cold water
1 cup superfine sugar, divided
1 2/3 cups heavy cream
Seeds from ¼ Plumped Vanilla Bean or ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping
5 6-ounce containers fresh raspberries
Confectioner’s sugar for garnish

Directions
  1. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.  Place a 8 by 3-inch metal cake ring on the pan.  Insert an 8-inch cardboard round, white side up, in the bottom of the ring.  (I didn’t do any of this, I used a spring-form pan)
  2. On a clean work surface, evenly line up the lady fingers next to one another with their sides touching.  Cut one rounded end from each lady finger so the cookies are 3 inches long, reserving the trimmings.  Stand a ladyfinger, rounded tip up, inside the ring, with the rounded side facing out and the flat side of the ladyfinger facing toward the center.  To help the lady finger stand, place one of the small cookie trimmings against the bottom end to support it, and repeat with each lady finger.  Continue with enough ladyfingers to line the sides of the pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with the remaining ladyfingers, cut to fit and the trimmings.
  3. To make the filling, coarsely pure the raspberries and lemon juice in a food processor.  Rub the puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.  Discard the seeds.  You should have 2 ½ cups puree.
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small bowl and let stand until the gelatin absorbs the water, about 5 minutes.  Bring the puree and the ½ cup sugar to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often.  Remove from the heat.  Add the softened gelatin to the hot puree and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 1 minute.
  5. Transfer the puree to a medium stainless steel bowl set in a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and water.  Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the puree is cold and begins to hold its shape.  Remove the bowl from the ice bath before the puree sets too much.
  6. Combine the cream, the remaining ½ cup sugar, and the vanilla in the chilled bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer.  Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the whisk attachment.  Whip just until soft peaks form.  Stir about one-fourth of the whipped cream into the raspberry puree to lighten it, then fold in the remaining cream.  Pour the raspberry filling into the lined ring and smooth the top.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the charlotte until it is set, at least 6 hours or overnight.
  7. Remove the pan from the refrigerator.  Lift up on the ring to remove it.  Arrange some of the raspberries in a single layer on the filling, then top with the remaining berries.  Sift confectioners’ sugar over the top.  Slice the charlotte with a knife (wipe clean between slices), and serve chilled.
Enjoy!

92 comments:

  1. oh mary...it looks so lovely..i wish i was there with you having this beautiful dessert in your beautiful home and sipping tea ...this was so much FUN!!!!!

    thanks for including me in it, my friend
    and Happy Valentines Day !!!

    Sending Love,
    Kary and Teddy
    xxx

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  2. Wow Mary, it looks so delicious. I love how everything matches with the dessert. What a romantic table you set with your china and the candles all aglow. Beautiful!!!

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  3. Mmmmm, it looks gorgeous! The ribbon around the outside is a special touch!

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  4. mmmmmm is all I can say it looks wonderful.
    happy valentines day
    cathy

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  5. so... I know I shouldn't have a favourite but out of the three desserts this one wins hands down and you've made it exceptionally... it looks beautiful and I can actually taste it.... lovely idea to share this kind of blog with your friends... all the best and have a nice day x

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  6. Oh everything looks fabulous. You really set the scene. Just beautiful.

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, decadent yummy yum yum! Mmm Mmmmm Love your Old Country Roses china and the candles, too. You are all ready for Valentine's Day! Susan

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  8. What a beautiful setup, and delicious-looking dessert. Have a wonderful V-Day! :)

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  9. Hello I found you over at Debbie's blog and thought your dessert looked good, Now you need the Rib eye for two that I posted on my blog. check it out..it's Fun

    Happy Valentine's Day

    ~~Pattie~~

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  10. oh mary...that is too funny about the valentine napkins...we are so alike

    :-)

    kary
    xxx

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  11. Raspberries are one of my favorite things..I saw the other recipes posted from this book too, it all looks wonderful.

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  12. Truly beautiful!!! I am in awe of your presentation.

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  13. Just came over from Kary's- Your Charlotte is gorgeous! It looks just like the photo in the cookbook. :)

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  14. Oh my god, that's gorgeous. It looks incredible! I can't eat eggs so, except for the lady fingers, this is something I can eat. You did a beautiful job!

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  15. hi there! Thanks for popping by my blog and for your lovely comment - always nice to 'meet' fellow bloggers!
    I must say that cake looks divine; it has my name ALL over it!
    Looking forward to spending time reading through your archives - you've a great blog!
    Have a great day

    BH x

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  16. Goodness, that looks wonderful!
    xxx

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  17. Beautiful! Did the two of you eat the whole thing? I'll bet it even improved overnight. It's one of those desserts that you hate to cut but are ever so happy you did. I'm going to have to check out that cookbook.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  18. Wow does that ever look yummy!! Happy Valentine's Day dear friend!!!

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  19. Oh my- does THIS looks good! This would make a wonderful dessert for a special occasion. Heck, it would make a great treat anytime! LOL I'm not baking or creating too many sweets anymore, what with the husband's diagnosis of diabetes. He gets a special treat every so often, though. I have to say that he has better self control than I ever will! I am anything but disciplined! LOL
    Enjoy a treat for me on ♥'s Day.
    ~Sue

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  20. Hi lovely lady. I love your Tablescape for Two sweet lady !!!! Everthing looks Beautiful for your Valentine's dinner ~~~ I love the wonderful dessert Mmm ~~and YES I would like a bite be right over OK.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my Valentine's Day Tablescapes so sweet of you ~~~xxoo
    Diane

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  21. You are so right, this is sinfully deicious.
    Happy Valentines to you, your family and your readers x

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  22. Just plain yum! I will have to google the cookbook.

    Pretty table.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Carol

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  23. Oh My Goodness you were SO RIGHT. This made a BEAUTIFUL Dessert for all the Chocolate I had this morning for breakfast! Oh and by the way, You Charlotte is MUCH prettier than the one in the picture...I would PILE those raspberries on there too..."YUMMY"!!! Your table is gorgeous too. I have ALWAYS loved that china. and I MUST have a little tea service of it "SOMEDAY"!!!
    Happy Valentine's Day to you,
    Hugs, Donna

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  24. It looks absolutely divine!!! And so packed with raspberries, oh my...!!!!

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  25. What a pretty table setting! The desert def. looks sinful and delicious...I am going to have to try this as a reward for my healthy eating lol. Thank you for sharing and your comments, I'm off to view some more of your cute blog! Take care, Dee

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  26. That is so lovely! Happy Valentines day to you too!!~ XO

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  27. Oh You are right this is sinful!!
    Yum!!
    Happy Valentine's day!
    Pamela :)

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  28. Hi,
    Your dessert looks delicious, just like the book!! Your table looks great, love the rosy dishes:-))
    Hope you are having a great day with the one(s) you love :-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  29. Oh your right what a great dessert! bet it tasted as good as it loooked, and well done for making such an effort for Valentines day!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  30. Thanks for stopping by and inviting me for dessert! And what a dessert! It looks like it would taste absolutely delicious, and is so pretty as well.

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  31. Thanks for dropping by..your dessert looks absolutely divine,as is your table setting!
    Hope you've had a wonderful Valentines. :0)

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  32. oh my goodness, the photos are lovely and that dessert looks sooooooo yummy, well done you :)

    Thank you for your comments on my blog by the way, I really appreciate them.

    Hope you have had a fab day, Happy Valentine's to you too,


    Lily

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  33. What a BEAUTIFUL looking dessert (and I'll bet ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS)! Thank you for inviting me over! ;) Happy Valentine's Day to you! ;)

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  34. Fantastic table setting, worthy of this beautiful dessert.

    No need to ask if you had a good St Valentine's Day - heavenly I'd say!

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  35. Gorgeous! I adore raspberries and really need to try this. After reading your post on Sarabeth's Bakery I checked the book out from our local library. An excellent book!

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  36. Wow! I'm bookmarking this for next year's Valentines! It's all lovely, and I even have the same tea set - perfect!

    Thanks for posting on my blog and letting me know about your post!

    Mary

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  37. Wow, Mary, this dessert looks so elegant and delicious! What a beautiful presentation. I wish I could have joined you for tea.

    ♥ Happy Valentine's Day!♥

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  38. Oh my, that looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Kat :)

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  39. The dessert looks amazing. I'll have to check out her cookbook.

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  40. Happy Valentine's day!! first time here...just love your blog name...and love sweet rasberry dessert...looks lovely perfect for and i wld just LLLOOOOOve a bit and it looks just like the book. :) nice space will visit often.

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  41. What a romantic setting! This cake is so perfect for this lovely day.

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  42. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  43. Oh this definitely gave my gingerbread house a run for its money - that looks so elegant and perfectly romantic! Hannah
    xxxx

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  44. Oh my Mary, that looks absolutely delicious!!!I want some please!!! Yours looks even better than the one in the book, with the raspberries piled high and the pretty ribbon.Looks wonderful!
    Your table setting looks beautiful and romantic too - I hope you had a Happy Valentines Day!

    Gill x

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  45. Oh so delish! It looked so perfect, it must have been a shame to cut into it! The valentines table was so pretty too :)
    Flick xo

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  46. HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!





    Rosa

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  47. What a yummy recipe. Looks so nice too!

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  48. Lovely shades of red, pink, and deliciousness ~ Have a wonderful day ~ xox Alexandra

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  49. Looks just like the book - lovely! And what a nice atmosphere you seem to have created too with a beautifully laid table.

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  50. Sweets for the sweet. yum! and hugs! P.S. your carnations are beautiful ( one of my favorite flowers)

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  51. The minute I saw that picture, I said Oh Wow!
    Save me a slice!
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  52. Elegant and beautiful (almost sinful)...and I see you have lots to share. I'll be right there!

    Thanks for stopping by 'my front porch'.

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  53. your table is beautiful..The dessert looks awesome...Very elegant...enjoy!!!

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  54. jut fabulous! way better than chocolate!

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  55. I am bookmarking this recipe! I have a baby shower to go to next week and this would be the perfect dessert to bring!

    Check out the giveaway on my blog:
    www.mykindofcooking.com

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  56. Oh that looks absoloutly beautiful! I want to reach right into the screen and grab it. will definitley be making this as a dessert when the weather picks up. seems the perfect summer dessert

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  57. Hi!
    Its prettier than Sarabeths. Yes it is. I have the cookbook too, right by my bedside for fascinating nighttime reading.
    xx
    julie

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  58. Oh my goodness Miss Mary you are so right about your beautiful dessert going well with my tablescape last week. This looks sinful and your presentation is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  59. That looks heavenly! I love that you served it with tea. :)

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  60. Did you know that you don'thave your e-mail "visible" so that bloggers can't reply to your comments? You might already know and want it that way, but if not, the setting is easy to change... and now I forgot how to do it..lol.. but you can google the issue.

    You asked if I plan to name the girls..YES! As a matter of fact, a friend in florida has named two - Giselle and Gracie.

    I have always love the Golden Girls, so there will be a Rose, Sophia, Blanche and Dorothy too.

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  61. I am leaving my desk and going to eat something. Not that it will be that yummy or that pretty!

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  62. OH.MY.GOODNESS... this is the most beautiful high tea that I've ever seen! Your Charlotte is just so pretty and those raspberries look perfect! The tea settings and the Charlotte together are just perfect! Truly a work of culinary art, Mary!

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  63. Wow! you weren't kidding when you said it was decadent! Looks fabulous! What a perfect V-day dessert:)
    Thanks for coming by to visit:)

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  64. You were so right about this dessert~Wow! I needed this recipe yesterday.

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  65. Goodness, what a beautiful dessert! I would have been scared to cut into it for fear of ruining it!

    How on earth did you find such good looking raspberries too? All the berries in our grocery look wrinkly, fuzzy and just plain sad!

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  66. Your table looks festive and lovely, and the dessert--sublime!

    I agree w/ the previous poster; I can't find luscious looking raspberries at this time of year.

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  67. Your table looks beautiful and romantic, and the dessert looks wonderful. Wow, that's a lot for two people to eat.

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  68. Oh I am swooning -- this is just the most beautiful cake I've ever seen --- or rather, charlotte! Excuse me!

    It does look exactly like the photo in the book. Well done!!! And your table looks fantastic, too. Amazing.

    And thank you for your kind words of sympathy on the loss of my father earlier this month; they were much appreciated.

    Best wishes,
    Cass

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  69. WOW, this dessert is GORGEOUS! You did a fantasic job on it, and it looks so delicious. Also, your tablescape looks so pretty too. That must have been one special Valentine's Day!!!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  70. Mary! That is absolutely beautiful!
    It looks better than the picture!
    Great job!
    Mika

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  71. I love your blog and this cake looks amazing! So elegant! MCB x

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  72. This whole post is gorgeous from the table setting to the dessert. You really did a spectacular job with this. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  73. WOW WOW WOW Mary! That is fabulous! I want to try it ;)
    Glad you liked my idea, please feel free to 'borrow' it. Hope your husband will enjoy the boxes!
    Monica.

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  74. That is the most beautiful dessert! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

    -Rene

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  75. oh my goodness
    such an elegant table!
    It's a wanderful cake!
    Barbara

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  76. Oih,täällähän on herkullisia ruokia ja kakkuja,nams♥,hieno blogi täällä!

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  77. Oh wow! This table setting and this Sarabeth cake is beautiful. The colors really make the cake come alive. I can imagine the flavors.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  78. OMG! That look soooooo delish!!! I have said this before - I have GOT TO GET MY HANDS ON A COPY OF THAT BOOK! Great work Mary!

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  79. Ciao! Beautiful charlotte! I love this dessert!
    Thanks for following my blog!LOL

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  80. Oh my-you 3 have outdone yourselves. This looks fabulous and the other 2 do. Love this idea-wish I had a plate with samplings of all of your great desserts :)

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  81. That is sooooo beautiful. The ribbon sets it off perfectly.

    I am seriously coveting the size of your dining room table!

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  82. Unbelievably beautiful. I love it all. This is really a stunning table and cake. Wow. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  83. I most certainly would love a bit, it looks superb - what a lovely centrepiece for your dining room table.

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  84. Lovely! I'm your newest follower.
    http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  85. Ohhhh, I am in love. The whole post is awesome. The decoration, the candles, the colors, the ribbon, everything is o elegant, so beautiful. You asked your readers "would you like a bite?" Hmmm I want the whole cake ;-) It looks soooo good. I have to bookmark this. Your blog is great, I love your recipes and the photos. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your nice comment on my blog. http://recipewithpictures.blogspot.com/

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  86. I made this today and I have to tell you it is awesome. Fantastic desser. My boyfriend said this is to die for. I was so happy :-)
    This is a simple recipe, a no bake cake. What can be easier than that?
    Thank you for sharing it.

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  87. This looks delish!

    Visiting from Pin the tail on the Bloggy. I have pinned your lushes looking dessert.

    Have a great weekend.

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  88. Oooo..yum...wish I had some.I also just pinned this beauty.

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  89. Wow....they are perfectly delicious...Thanks for sharing this recipe!! loved it to the core!

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