Sep 12, 2011

eat your heart out: tiramisu !


One of my favorite deserts is Tiramisu and I have tried many different recipes to find one that I like. I found this recipe from
Wolfgang Puck that I loved instantly. Since arnab has been asking me to make it for awhile now I decided to make it for his birthday.   

It's a fairly easy recipe but what I think the best part is that if you don't have the time to make it all in one go you can break it up and make one portion a couple of hours or days in advance.


Ladyfingers (If you can't or don't want to make the ladyfingers by scratch they can be bought in most supermarkets, usually near the bakery):
    •    6 eggs, separated
    •    1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
    •    1 cup cake flour, sifted
    •    Melted butter, for brushing pan
Mascarpone Cream:
    •    6 egg yolks
    •    1 cup sugar
    •    1/4 cup Marsala
    •    1/4 cup brandy
    •    2 pounds mascarpone cheese
Espresso Syrup:
    •    1 cup espresso, hot
    •    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    •    1 tablespoon sugar
    •    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup grated bittersweet chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter a 12 by 16-inch baking tray. Line with parchment paper and brush again with butter.

3. In a mixing bowl, whip the egg yolks with 1/4 cup sugar until ribbony and light in color. Reserve. In another mixing bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue to whip to medium peaks. Sift the flour again. With a rubber spatula, fold half of the flour mixture into the yolk mixture. Fold in 1/2 of the egg white mixture. Then fold in the remaining 1/2 flour mixture. Lastly, fold in the remaining 1/2 egg white mixture. Pour the batter into prepared baking tray and with an offset spatula, carefully spreading the batter to fill the tray. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until done and golden in color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Use as needed. This can be made up to 2 weeks in advanced, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil and stored in the freezer.

Mascarpone Cream:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Add the Marsala and brandy. Place over a double-boiler and cook until mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Continue to cook mixture for another 5 minutes, until the mixture resembles a thick paste (this is a sabayon). Remove from the double-boiler and cool mixture over ice bath, until room temperature. Whip the mascarpone cheese to soft peaks. Fold into the cooled sabayon until well incorporated. Use as layers in the tiramisu or as needed. Can be made up to 4 hours ahead.

Espresso Syrup:
Brew fresh espresso. To 1 cup of hot espresso, add the brown sugar, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir until dissolved.


Divide the sheet of ladyfinger into 2 (8 by 10-inch) sheets. Divide espresso syrup into 2 portions. Divide the mascarpone cream into 3 portions. To assemble. spread the first portion of the mascarpone cream at the bottom of a deep (8 by 10-inch) mold topped with 1 sheet of ladyfinger. Pour 1 portion of espresso syrup on to layer of ladyfinger until soaked. Repeat process. Lastly, top with the remaining mascarpone cream and cover with grated chocolate. Cover mold and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

* a small note: For both the baking tray (ladyfingers) and the dish that held the Tiramisu, I did not use the exact sizing or dish that was asked for. I have used several different dishes when making this Tiramisu and have found that as long as it's around the same sizing, it doesn't affect the dish.    

Happy baking!!

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