January 9, 2012

Tiramisu

2012 has seriously begun!  I for one can’t believe how quick 2011 went.  It was there – then over.  I don’t feel like I achieved much.  I did however stick to my New Years resolution, this blog.  For 2012 I don’t think I’m going to set one, there seems to be too much going on already.  Want to know my big news?  Yes?  No?  Well I’m going to tell you anyway.

I’m heading back to University.  Yep.  I’m going to work full-time and study part-time.  Crazy I know.  But it’s only for a year, so hopefully I will be able to juggle everything.

Which brings me to this – I need to get organised.  My life needs an organisation over-haul!  If you saw my study you’d freak.  It’s basically a storage centre for all the crap I have collected over my 26 years.  I can’t throw things away!  The thought of ditching something then one day needing it stresses me.  I need to sort this issue out.

I figure, when the clutter is gone, my head will clear, then working, studying, blogging and having a social life WILL HAPPEN.  It will.  It has to.

Onto this dessert.  I’ve made this a few times, and god it’s good.  The mascarpone mix is so light and fluffy, which means you can eat lots (hence why I put serves 8 – 12).  The recipe was ripped out of some magazine years ago and has been floating between my mum and I, so all I can tell you is it originally comes from Karen Martini.  The only real changes I made is a cut back on the alcohol, and adjusted some quantities here and there.

A key tip for this dessert is it is best made the day before serving.  Leaving it in the fridge over night will make the biscuits nice and soft, and will allow the mascarpone mix to set and firm slightly.  Another tip - don't soak the biscuits in coffee.  This will make it soggy and watery.  A quick dip is all you need, trust people.

TIRAMISU
400ml fresh espresso coffee
100ml marsala
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 eggs, separated
100g caster sugar
500g mascarpone cream cheese
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
200g good quality dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped
250g savoiardi biscuits


Chill a large serving  bowl (any shape is ok, but you want a size roughly 25 x 25 cm, and about 7 cm deep) in the fridge.

Combine the coffee and marsala in a bowl and set aside.

In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy.  Fold in the mascarpone.  Gently fold in half the egg whites until well combined, then fold in the other half.

Dust the chilled serving bowl with cocoa, then sprinkle some of the chocolate.  Place a good heaped layer of the mascarpone mix over the bottom.

Quickly dip the biscuits into the coffee mix (if you soak them the tiramisu will become soggy) then layer them evenly over the mascarpone. 

Place a single layer of mascarpone over the biscuits, then dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle with chocolate.  Repeat the biscuits, and then mascarpone.

Chill in the fridge for 2 hours before serving – overnight is best though.

Dust with cocoa and chocolate before serving.

Serves 8 – 12.

9 comments:

  1. MMMMM I love a good tiramisu and your one looks amazing!

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  2. that looks yummy, ridiculously delicious =)

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  3. Damn girl, that is one tasty looking tiramisu!
    I'm going to try it for real on my next girl-get-together. Otherwise I would eat it all by myself.
    I also love the lay-out of your blog. So fancy and simple.
    You go, girl!

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  4. OMG yum... I have always wanted to make tiramisu from scratch as it is one of my fave desserts! My only problem would be how much I would eat of that tray! Probably better for me to make individual portions so I could limit my intake :P

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  5. Thanks for all the lovely comments! :)

    You can also make it in individual glasses, that way it's kind of portion controlled :) however the benefits of making a big one and having 'leftovers' is it is amazing for breakfast!

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  6. I love tiramisu. This looks really rich and decadent! Great photos too!

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  7. Wow... I support you on your determination! I have thought about going back to university It scares me. Juggling work, school, hobbies, and social. Scares me. Don't let it beat you down! :) Tiramisu is my favorite dessert, btw! It looks absolutely divine and dark, the way i like it.

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  8. this looks absolutely yummy! will try this recipe this weekend :)

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