Have not done much baking and cooking as of course I have been in Australia and since my return have not been able to get organised enough to cook and blog. However, this weekend we have had a get together to celebrate the arrival of Beatrice (we had a similar party for Florence) and though food was ordered in, family all cooked and prepared and donated something to the feast.
I was asked to make a Tiramisu which had gone down well at the Florence feast and was happy to do so. I gather from my cook book that Tiramisu means Pick me Up. There you go. The recipe I use is a fairly old one by Valentina Harris published about twenty years ago. Rest of the book has long vanished but I cut out this recipe before it was passed on and I always use it. This particular recipe feeds 8-10 so I only pull it out for parties.
500g (1lb 20z) mascarpone cheese; 8 eggs separated; 8 tablespoons caster sugar; I small cup approx 3 fl oz of very strong coffee (espresso if possible); 300ml (half pint weak coffee); 5 tablespoons brandy; about 30 boudoir biscuits (sponge fingers to you and me); ground coffee or chocolate powder for dusting.
Whisk cream cheese with a wooden spoon to make it soft and creamy. Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the sugar to the egg yolks a little at a time until you have a smooth texture, then add this to the cream cheese mixture. Stir in the strong coffee. Whisk egg whites separately until stiff then fold them into the cheese, egg and coffee mixture. Put to one side.
Pour the weak coffee and brandy into a bowl. Dip the boudoir biscuits into it one at a time to moisten them then arrange in a layer along the bottom of a shallow bowl. Coer with some of the cheese mixture then cover with more moistened biscuits. Continue to make layers i this way until you have used up all the ingredients ending with a layer of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the ground coffee or chocolate powder (think the choc powder is better) and chill for at least one hour.
Notes: I think it is better chilled overnight. I also find that I need two packets of boudoir biscuits for this recipe which is more than 30. You may have some over but that does not really matter.