Saturday, February 23, 2008


Today our friends L and D have invited us over for dinner. D is a really great bread maker. He enjoys baking breads of different kinds. Today he's going to make homemade pizzas making the dough from scratch. We are taking dessert and wine. The french wine my husband picked is called Brouilly, a red Beaujolais wine. Its really really good. For dessert I settled on Tiramisu (sticking with the Italian theme of the dinner although the wine is French--oops!). This recipe is fast and easy to make and I chose it because I had only 3 hours to make and take this.


1 8 oz package of mascarpone cheese
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 packets Ladies finger cookies
1 cup dark roast or espresso coffee
3 tsp brandy or dark rum
cocoa powder 1 tblsp
chocolate shavings to decorate

Beat egg yolks with sugar using a whisk attachment on an electric mixer. Add 1 tsp brandy and 2 tblsp coffee. Beat till well blended.

In a trifle bowl, arrange cookies to line the side of the bowl.

Mix remaining coffee with 2 tsp brandy. Dip each cookie in the coffee mixture for about 3 to 5 seconds. Don't dip too long or the cookie will fall apart. Place in the center of the bowl. Break cookies as needed to fill the bottom. Add a layer of the beaten cheese mixture. Repeat with another layer of cookies and cheese mixture. This recipe makes three layers. On the last cheese layer, sprinkle cocoa using a sieve and decorate with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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