mercoledì 5 giugno 2013

TIRAMISU’ – Alessandra style

written by Ilaria Gelichi

Tiramisù is a typical delicious Italian dessert, probably everybody knows it. It is made with fresh eggs, cream cheese, Savoiardi or Pavesini biscuits, coffee and chocolate. The recipe slightly changes from one place to another, but the basic ingredients are always the same.

Today I am going to speak about a special type of tiramisù. Some people do not like the idea of eating raw eggs (tiramisù is not baked), so my friend Alessandra invented a tiramisù recipe where eggs are in some way cooked.

First of all, you need to prepare the custard (cream). I suggest preparing it the evening before, because it has to be very cool. The ingredients for the custard are:

milk – 250 ml
flour - 1 table spoon
sugar - 4 table spoons
4 yolks

Heat the milk with 2 table spoons of sugar in a pot on the stove. In the meantime, melt the flour in a small amount of cool milk. In a bowl, mix the yolks with the remaining 2 table spoons of sugar and add then the melted flour. Mix all and put the mixture in the pot with the heated milk. Mix up everything and keep stirring on the stove, until it the cream gets thicker. When it starts boiling, turn the stove off. Keep the custard in the fridge for some hours (or better, all night long), so that it gets very cool.

Once the custard is ready, put it in a bowl, add 250 grams of mascarpone cheese and mix it up. In another bowl whip 250 ml of fresh cream and then add it to the custard and the mascarpone cheese. In the meantime make some coffee (of course, Espresso!).

Now prepare the tiramisu in the baking tin, with the ingredients in this order: first, a layer of Pavesini biscuits (you will need a package of them) soaked into coffee, then a layer of the mixture of creams, then a layer of bitter chocolate cut in little pieces (you will need nearly 60 grams of it). Then, start again with the Pavesini, the creams and finish with some bitter chocolate powder.

Keep the tiramisù in the fridge for a couple of hours and eat it cool. Buon appetito!!!

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