26 dicembre 2012

Holiday Tiramisu


Tiramisu for Christmas- Tiramisu has been around for ages. Yet, you’ll be interested to learn that it wasn’t always served as a Christmas delicacy. Italians are definitely credited with invented the tasty desert but no one knows for sure the exact time period. Many Italians surmise that it was a gift for Cosimo III when he came to visit the country. Nevertheless variation of the treat has been eaten gladly many different times of the year, especially for celebrations and happy occasions. When immigrants began to travel to America in large numbers, many (including the Italians) did not especially have much in common with their American brethren. Christmas they did have in common, however. Many food historians theorize that this sped along the now Christmas tradition of making some tiramisu for the holidays. Over the years, alcohol, especially rum, is now infused in the mixture. We’ve got a very interesting twist on the dessert below, courtesy of Matt Armendariz.                                                         ____________________________________________________________

For the Coffee
1 cup espresso
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
¼ cup powdered sugar
For The Mascarpone
8 oz mascarpone
1 cup lightly whipped whipped cream
½ cup powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons of the Coffee Mixture
Milk chocolate for shaving

Mix the coffee mixture until well blended, reserving a few tablespoons for the mascarpone. Soak the ladyfinger cookies in the coffee until absorbed. In the meantime, lightly blend the mascarpone, 1 cup of whipped cream, sugar and 2-4 tablespoons of the coffee mixture in a bowl.
In your individual glasses, layer the ladyfinger cookies, blended mascarpone, and top with shaved chocolate. You might need to break the cookies to fit your glass, but you can eat any leftover pieces as you assemble.    ____________________________________________________________

Now, plenty of readers are probably saying they have one particular Christmas food tradition they wish would reinvent itself if timely fashion- fruitcake. It’s a “treat” that no one really likes. In fact, every time someone gives me a fruitcake I always ask myself what I did wrong, to deserve such a gift. Fruitcake gets a bad wrap and almost always deservedly so. It’s far and few between that I’ve tasted a good one. Nevertheless, I’ve scourged the world in search of a good recipe. I’m still looking… If this is the point that you hoped to find a good fruitcake recipe, you won’t find it here, not just yet. However, I’ll be dining on a homemade fruitcake monstrosity or two before the Christmas and New Years season is over. Out of love, I’ll have to eat it. Here’s hoping that we discover one that I like.

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