Tiramisu

I love Tiramisu and this recipe is a particularly yummy one, if I do say so myself :)

It’s schiaffo tua mamma good.  That’s slap yo’ mamma in Italian.

This dessert is not at all difficult, using some store bought elements, but it does take a little time to put together.  It really needs to be made the day before you plan to eat it.  The longer it soaks the better it is.

You will need:

16 oz. Mascarpone cheese

1c. granulated sugar

2 egg yolks

1 Tablespoon vanilla

6 Tablespoons brandy

2c. heavy whipping cream

5c. brewed espresso (cooled)

8 ounces grated semi-sweet (bittersweet) chocolate

1 family size (large) frozen pound cake loaf

 

I’m not usually one to go all Ina on you, but in this case it really does taste better if you use “good” chocolate.   I use Ghirardelli in my recipe.  It’s from the baking aisle not the candy aisle in the grocery store.  For the 5 cups of espresso I don’t mean 5 liquid measuring cups, I mean 5 espresso size cups.  The best thing about this treat is that all of the ingredients are readily available at any grocery store.  If I can get them here I’m sure you’ll be able to get them wherever you are.

Cream Mascarpone with the sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the brandy.

In another bowl, whip the cream until very stiff.  Carefully fold the Mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons of brandy to the cooled espresso.  Slice the thawed pound cake into ½” slices.

I grated my chocolate in the food processor.  I was little worried that it might melt from the heat of the processor, but it didn’t.  :)   What a time saver.

For assembly purposes it’s best to put your espresso mixture into a wide bowl.  You’ll be dipping the cake in there.

You will be making layers of the ingredients (lasagna style).

In a 9”x13” pan spread a thin layer of the Mascarpone Cream.  Dip the pound cake slices lightly into the espresso mixture, and place on top of the Mascarpone Cream.  The cake slices should be touching.

 

 

Spread a half inch layer of Mascarpone Cream on top of the soaked cake slices.

Top with ½ of the grated chocolate.

Repeat a layer of the soaked cake slices.

 

Top the cake slices with the remaining Mascarpone Cream.

Use the rest of the grated chocolate to sprinkle on top of the cream.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

Here is the recipe all together:

 

Tiramisu

Kitty Johnson

16 oz. Mascarpone cheese

1c. granulated sugar

2 egg yolks

1 Tablespoon vanilla

6 Tablespoons brandy

2c. heavy whipping cream

5c. brewed espresso (cooled)

8 ounces grated semi-sweet (bittersweet) chocolate

1 family size (large) frozen pound cake loaf

 

Cream Mascarpone with the sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the brandy.

In another bowl, whip the cream until very stiff.  Carefully fold the Mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons of brandy to the cooled espresso.  Slice the thawed pound cake into ½” slices.

You will be making layers of the ingredients (lasagna style).  In a 9”x13” pan spread a thin layer of the Mascarpone Cream.  Dip the pound cake slices lightly into the espresso mixture, and place on top of the Mascarpone Cream.  The cake slices should be touching.  Spread a half inch layer of Mascarpone Cream on top of the soaked cake slices.  Top with ½ of the grated chocolate.  Repeat a layer of the soaked cake slices.  Top the cake slices with the remaining Mascarpone Cream.  Use the rest of the grated chocolate to sprinkle on top of the cream.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

*This is best made the day before serving so all of the layers and flavors can meld together.

 

I really have to be conscious of my eating habits.  Sometimes I have absolutely no self control.  I. LOVE. FOOD!  This little ditty was plotting against me.  I’m sure of it.  Fortunately most of the pan was eaten at a pot-luck we went to but there was some left.  Mr. Tiramisu was just taunting me from the fridge every time I passed by…just one bite.  You know the story.

I’m a little ashamed to tell you, maybe it would be better just to show you my lack of restraint.

The broken, smashed up, ugly pieces don’t count for calorie intake – do they?

You really should give this recipe a try.  You won’t be sorry you did…well maybe the button on your jeans will be.

La vita è troppo breve per passare da dessert.  Life is too short to skip dessert :)

 

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