April 20, 2012
Did you know that I am Italian? My red hair* gives it away, doesn't it?
Maybe because of my genetics, or maybe just because I love FOOD In General, I am a sucker for tiramisu: the creamy, chocolately mocha dream with lady fingers drifting all around. Who wouldn't like such a thing?
I wake sometimes to find myself salivating for this confection only to be stopped in my tracks... WAAAAH. There are no ladyfingers left in the house (yes, this is indeed what I dream). I need not enter into that nightmare any more- check it out- at this week's yard sale, I payed $1.00 for a ladyfinger pan! Oh yes, I came right home and made up a batch of tiramisu and it was the stuff GOOD dreams are made of.
Even if you never stumble upon a ladyfinger pan, just buy some at the grocery store, whip the heck out of the remaining ingredients and cover the whole thing with cocoa. the.end.
2 eggs 1/2 C whipping cream that's been whipped and chilled
8 oz mascarpone 2T Kahlua
2C strong coffee or espresso about 18 ladyfingers
1/2 C sugar 1/2t rum extract
- separate eggs. Beat yolks with 1/4C sugar and a pinch of salt until thick and light yellow in color, about 4 minutes. Add in mascarpone and rum extract, blend all well. Gently add in whipped cream and set mixture aside. Beat egg whites with 1/4 C sugar until peaks form, but not dry. Stir some of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, then fold in the remaining whites.
- Add kahlua to coffee mixture. Carefully dip each ladyfinger in the liquid then begin to cover the bottom of a small bowl or pan with the cookies. Add enough dollops of the mascarpone mixture to cover the cookies. Cover with ladyfingers, then add more mascarpone. Repeat. Depending on how wide/deep your pan is, you might get one more round of cheese/cookie layering in. End on a mascarpone layer and dust the top with cocoa.
Eat your creation. Then ask for seconds.
(*ps: remember I henna?)