Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tiramisu



Mister and I had our Valentine night-out on Saturday. Not a typical date night for most but, perfect for us. We went to an auction. This particular auction house serves fresh cooked food. The carrot cake was scrumptious. Mister had a real pan fried hamburger patty. He said it was delicious.
 I'm an auction and flea market junky.
 Oh, the deals we found!!
I hope you are able to find a few minutes to celebrate the art of love this
V-Day 2011. Even if it means, finding something about yourself that you really love.


Happy Valentines Day

Tiramisu


24 Lady Fingers
4 large eggs yolks
6 Tablespoons of sugar
3/4 lb. mascarpone cheese
2 egg whites, beaten in a medium size bowl
                       until stiff peaks form
1 cup cold strong coffee cooled
2 Tablespoons of vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Beat the egg yolks with sugar until thick and pale in color. Fold the mascarpone cheese into eggs until smooth, then fold the beaten stiff egg whites thoroughly into the mascarpone mixture.

In a medium size bowl combine the coffee and vanilla. Dip the lady fingers quickly into this mixture, one at a time. Place a layer of dipped fingers into a 6x6 dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the lady fingers and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Dip remaining lady fingers into coffee and continue with another layer of cheese mixture.Top with remaining cocoa powder.

Chill for at least 4 hours.

I like this best when frozen!!

Lady Fingers $1.50
Mascarpone Cheese $3.89+1.94= 5.83
Eggs 1.29 a dozen only used 4 so .32
cocoa roughly .50
coffee/hey had it leftover .25
vanilla let's just say .75 worth
sugar .25 for the sake of counting
Total cost to make $9.40

A popular Italian restaurant sells one serving of Tiramisu for $5.75. That's for one slice.
This recipe makes 6 generous servings. So, for approximately a buck sixty, the home cook can easily recreate this indulgent dish in their own kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

Next time I want to use another layer of lady fingers. I'll like the cheese layer squished a little tighter with the lady fingers.

Tips
  • Make sure the eggs and sugar are beat very thick and pale.
  • Refrigerate well.
You will notice in one of my photos, I tried to slice a piece too soon and the cheese layer was oozing. This did not effect the taste, just the plating.

I don't mind posting recipes which have been tweaked and recreated as my own.

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