Monday, 14 December 2009


Oh yes, it is that time of the year. Like it or not, it’s Christmas and it would be nice to spend it at home with your beloved persons and with homemade Christmas deli.
Leave the crowds wonder around in the packed city centres and super uber malls and indulge yourself in slow cooking and a glass of red wine. Instead of the usual gifts, why not opt for winter treats like fair-trade honey or homemade fairy cakes dressed up in a lovely box.
Make everything ready, check the cupboard, do the food shopping and enjoy yourself.
The following one is my suggestion for the Christmas dessert. It is not a traditional English pudding, but it has many pros: it is very quick, it is creamy tasty, you can make it the night before and it never lets you down. It has just a con: it is outrageously fattening.
But after all summer is still far away…

250g. mascarpone
60g. sugar
3 yolks
4 egg whites
Cocoa powder
200g. savoiardi biscuits (Ladyfingers)

As first thing, make enough coffee to dip the savoiradi biscuits using an Italian caffettiera. Pour it in a bowl with as much sugar you want (I do normally use 3 full teaspoons) and let it cool down. Somebody adds a bit of coffee liquor for a more intense flavour. I do personally like it milder, therefore I add just a dash of milk, but, as usual, use your imagination to personalize the recipe.
Whisk yolks with half the sugar until you get a soft yellow cream. Beat the mascarpone until smooth and stir in the yolk and sugar cream. Then, whisk egg whites to soft and stiff peaks with a pinch of salt and the remaining sugar and beat together with the yellow cream. You have now obtains a delicious tiramisù cream.
Now dip the savoiardi in the coffee: they have to be soaked but do not over do it. Now arrange the first layer in a bowl, add the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle the cocoa over it. Do another layer and sprinkle the top again with cocoa.
Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.

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