12 Jun 2014

RECIPE: Tiramisu




Tiramisu is one of my mum's favourite desserts and unsurprisingly her love for this trifle of sorts has been passed down to me. I was feeling a tad adventurous with my baking so thought I would try to make my own with the help of Mr. Jamie Oliver (who I am yet to forgive for the turkey twizzler fiasco).

Ingredients:
200g dark chocolate
100ml double cream
50g diced butter
175g sponge fingers
400ml sweetened coffee
4 large eggs
100g caster sugar
750g mascarpone
Sea salt (or just normal salt..)
Marsala or a similar dessert wine (I used a bit of Port)

Now, I don't know if Jamie Oliver just makes it seem overly complicated or if I'm actually a useless baker but this felt like one of my more complex bakes. Probably because I had to separate eggs, which I haven't done since Home Economics in school... Anyway.

To start, melt the dark chocolate and butter in a bowl above a pan of boiling water with a little pinch of salt. While this is going on line a reasonably sized dish with the sponge fingers and cover with the coffee. When the chocolate mix is thoroughly melted add the double cream and a splash of the dessert wine of your choosing then mix in before spreading over the soaked sponge fingers. Leave this to cool while you prepare the creamy topping.

Separate the egg whites & yolks in to two bowls then add your sugar to the bowl of yolks. Use a mixer (or do it by hand) on a high setting to mix until the yolks are pale and fluffy with no signs of any sugar granules and then mix in all of the mascarpone. Clean & dry the beaters of the mixer before moving on to whip up the egg whites until they form stiff, white peaks. When the whites are suitably stiff gradually fold them in to the mascarpone & yolk mixture. Once this is all folded and looking nice & creamy (and tasting amazing but I totally didn't eat like half the bowl) spread it on top of the sponge fingers & chocolate before finishing with a dust of cocoa powder or some grated chocolate and returning to the fridge to chill for an hour or two.

Personally, I've never found tiramisu to be the most aesthetically pleasing dessert but it is down right delicious. I'll definitely be making this again, which I'm sure my mum will be happy to hear.

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