Friday, November 21, 2008

La Cucina: Tiramisù

As promised, I am back with the recipe for tiramisù. I tried to force convince Nicolas to join me in making this luscious and creamy dessert, but he was not interested. Imagine! He prefers to play with his friends! He is more than happy to eat it though...

This is Ennia's recipe, and is the simplest version of this delicious and traditional dessert. Many people add liquor(cognac or brandy) to the coffee to give it a little kick. I like both versions, my family prefers Ennia's.

3 large eggs, separated
1/2 Cup sugar
8 oz Mascarpone cheese
20-30 ladyfingers (size varies)
1 Cup of espresso or strong coffee
1/8 Cup of powdered cocoa

Mix the egg yolks with the sugar for about 3 minutes, until creamy.

Add mascarpone and beat for another three minutes, until smooth.
In another bowl beat the egg whites with a touch of salt, until the mixture makes stiff peaks.
Fold carefully with the mascarpone mixture using a metal spoon.

In a deep dish pour the espresso and deep the lady fingers one by one. Align the cookies on the bottom of your serving dish (we used an 8 x 8 glass dish). Picture above shows the leftover ladyfinger pieces. I just liked how they looked.

Spread 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture. Continue layering lady fingers dipped in coffee and mascarpone, finish with a mascarpone layer.

Sprinkle with the cocoa, refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!

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