a little pick me up…

Espresso, mascarpone, chocolate. How can you go wrong with this combination? The name tiramisu comes from the phrase tirami su, which means pull me up, or pick me up. Or fatten me up?


I made a tiramisu for a family BBQ yesterday with a recipe we used at school this semester. It turned out pretty good, my only complaint were the lady fingers (savoiardi), I bought them instead of making them and they were a bit stale and tasteless. Oh well, can’t be Martha all the time. Alas.

Tiramisu

500 g mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
6 eggs, separated
120 g sugar (about 1 1/4 cups)
cocoa powder for dusting
shaved chocolate garnish
1/2 cup espresso coffee
50 ml grand marnier
50 ml coffee liquor (I didn’t use and it turns out fine without it)

1) Mix egg yolks with half the sugar, whisk over double boiler to the ribbon stage.
2) Add mascarpone cheese to the yolk mixture.
3) Whisk egg whites to soft peaks, add sugar gradually.
4) Fold whites into yolks and cheese mixture.

Assembly:

1) Line a 7″ ring with ladyfinger cookies standing around the edges – trim cookies where necessary for even sides. (I used a spring form pan to make a very large cake – it worked fine)
2)Soak cookies in espresso coffee with liquor and place in bottom of pan to form a bottom. Add a layer of the cheese mixture and chocolate shavings. Make another layer of cookies. Add chocolate and cheese mixture. Continue to layer, ensuring the top layer is the cheese mixture.
3) Place in freezer or fridge to set.
4) Once set, bring to room temperature and sprinkle with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings. Take ring off of the cake (carefully!) and serve.

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