Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ultimate tiramisu

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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Are you like me when it comes to Italian dessert, and have a tiramisu image popping up in your mind? I do love tiramisu, but it's a true gambling to order one at a restaurant. It can be dreadful or divine, you never know what to expect.
One good news for the food lovers that we are: it's super easy to do at home, ok it might be easier to order ...

We had our first guests in our new "home sweet home" here in Lorraine. And those venues forced us to unpack our boxes, and also it's always great occasions to use our brand new red kitchen :-)
Our last menu was composed by a carrot and turnip pork roast (recipe here), cheeses and a home-made tiramisu.
I used my Mum's recipe, and even if she has no Italian roots, it's the best tiramisu ever!

Like I was saying in introduction, making tiramisu is super easy, but it requires some planning. To be nice and firm and not sloppy, it should rest at least 8 hours in the fridge. Well 24 hours it's even better.

-a medium size lasagna dish
-8 oz (250g) of mascarpone , at room temperature(can be easily found at Safeway, trader joe's or your favorite supermarket)
-3 eggs
-2/3 cup (50g) of granulated sugar
-a large bowl of strong black coffee
-bitter powered chocolate
-about 20 Ladyfingers cookies (back in CA I was able to find some at only one Safeway in Santa Clara and at Trader Joe's. And still, if you cannot find those, see at the end of the post some recipes)

1- Separate the yolks from the whites.
2- With a mixer whip the whites until firm (en neige). To be sure they will be firm enough add a pinch of salt or a few drops of lemon juice before whipping.
3- In a large bowl mixed the yolks and sugar. Add the mascarpone Incorporate slowly and gently the whites.
4- To assemble: spread a layer of cream in the lasagna dish. Layer on top ladyfingers soaked in the coffee. Add an other layer of cream.
5- Sprinkle the bitter powered cocoa on top.
6- Place in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

Ladyfingers recipes can be found on joyofbaking (just follow the link here) and on La Tartine Gourmande (same follow the link), and those (link here) are not what we need :-)

Others chocolate desserts previously featured on La vie in English:
cheese cake pops
chocolate chunk muffins
chocolate custard pudding
chocolate yule log


Elra said...

Tiramisu is one of dessert that I can't resist! Yours look absolutely delactable!

Babeth said...

Thanks Elra, and it's so simple to do at home :-)

Joe Demanuele said...

You make it sound so easy :-) But hey where is the booze in this tiramisu? Brandy or even better Tia Maria ( mix it in with the coffee) are in my opinion necessary for tirasmisu :-)

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