Italy

Dish

There are many recipes for tiramisu, which translated means 'pick-me-up' or 'lift-me-up', due obviously to the large amounts of calories - and caffeine! - in it. Killer combinations of coffee, chocolate, sweet creamy cheese and soft biscuit.

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons caster sugar
  • 250g (8½ oz) Mascarpone cheese
  • 250ml (9fl oz) Cold strong black coffee
  • 5 Tablespoons of Brandy, Rum or Kahlua
  • 200g (7oz) Sponge fingers (Ladies fingers)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder or grated chocolate, to decorate the surface

Method

  1. Seperate the eggs in a bowl. Beat the yolks and sugar until thick and creamy. Beat the whites seperately until stiff.
  2. Add the Mascarpone to the yolk mixture, a spoonful at a time. Stir until smooth. Fold in the egg whites.
  3. Mix the coffe with the Brandy or Rum in a shallow bowl. Dip half the sponge fingers in the liquid, soaking both sides, and use them to line a serving dish. Pour half the Mascarpone mixture into the dish.
  4. Dip the remaining fingers in the liquid and arrange on top. Pour in the remaining half of Mascarpone and smooth the surface. Cover and chill for about 2 hours.
  5. Sprinkle generously with cocoa powder or grated chocolate (using a small sieve), before serving.