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Tiramisu

I found it kinda funny how on Friday morning my husband reminded my son that it was Valentines Day! Our son was all over it. He was making dinner, she made dessert they had a plan. This is our 31st Valentines day together and I wouldn’t say he has ever forgotten it but let’s just say some years have been better than others.

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My husband was more prepared than I was this year – hey it happens! I bought flowers for the table at the beginning of the week. I knew what I was making for dinner; seared scallops over a bed of risotto and some swiss chard. But until my son mentioned dessert the thought never crossed my mind. So after work I braved the local grocery store. Probably the first time I have seen the store so full of men. I did check out what they were buying because I’m nosy that way. Most had covered the bases with the flowers, chocolates and cards in hand. A few went above and beyond the holiday staples and were picking out some seafood for dinner, quite a few were looking over the steaks.
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Back to why I went to the store. I decided to pick up one of my husbands favorite desserts tiramisu, which of course they didn’t have. Now what? I walked around the bakery section and was not impressed; or at least nothing I wanted. Went to the frozen section and still nothing.  So that’s when I decided to just make my own.  I have made it a couple of times and thought I can do this! I picked up lady fingers, which they didn’t have so I substituted with Stella D’oro Margherite cookies. grabbed some heavy cream and some mascarpone cheese. I have everything else at home. BTW since I didn’t get him a card I was going to pick one out, I did look but the ones left were lame so I passed.

I got home and he had a chocolate martini ready – he’s a keeper!

Tiramisu

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers

Ingredients
  

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 16 ounce containers mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 2 packages ladyfinger cookies or Margherite cookies
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder – use a strainer to help distribute cocoa evenly

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  • Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Don't walk away or you may end up with scrambled eggs. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form
  • whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum.
  • Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture. Once they get wet it is hard to move them, so if you want to place them in their spot and then drizzle it will work out better for you.
  • Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of 10x10" (don't worry about the size, use what you have) dish.
  • Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers
  • then half of whipped cream over that
  • Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours, until set
all of these pictures were from several years ago – I didn’t take any of the one I made the other night

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Stay on top of this, you don’t want to make scrambled eggs.

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I think I should have soaked them more with the coffee and rum


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Tiramisu

The Killington Wine Festival was this weekend; very happy that our good friends that live close to the mountain invite us up for a wonderful event it’s always a good time.  We start with a light lunch then we all head to the mountain and try lots and lots of wine. Thankfully we stay on the mountain and have a “well-planned” BBQ. This year’s dinner was excellent. After a few failed attempts over the last few years at varied menus, you have great aspirations before the wine tasting but sometimes execution doesn’t quite come out as planned.this year we came up with a winning menu. We marinated steak tips, prepped hasselback potatoes (I will write about these soon the ones who have had them have asked me to) and I was in charge of bringing dessert; well it didn’t all turn out all as planned, somebody forgot to bring the asparagus. but that’s OK. My brilliant husband came up with me making Tiramisu. If you have been following my blog at all you will see a pattern with him. He loves coming up with delicious yet pretty involved things for me to make. As you will probably also be able to tell; I am enabler since I usually make what he comes up with.They do say the first step is to admit it.

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I had totally intended to make this Friday night so I didn’t have to rush around in the morning.  Sometimes things don’t always work out according to my plans. It was getting late and I was completely exhausted so I decided to break the recipe up and then finish it up in the morning. Sometimes it actually works out even better when time is tight to make parts of recipes and assemble the final product when you have time.

Tiramisu

6 egg yolks

¾ cup white sugar

2/3 cup milk

1 ¼ cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound mascarpone cheese

½ cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature

2 tablespoons rum

2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder – use a strainer to help distribute cocoa evenly

In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.  Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.  Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

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In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form, whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.

In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture. Once they get wet it is hard to move them, so if you want to place them in their spot and then drizzle it will work out better for you. 

Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of 10×10″ (don’t worry about the size, use what you have) dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa.  Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours, until set.  My husband actually thinks it tasted better today Sunday than it did last night; I am not going to listen too much to this since it was after lots and lots of wine – his judgment might have been a little impaired. 

I made the coffee and the egg yolk sugar portion Friday night. Saturday morning I whipped the cream and assembled much easier I think.

Mother’s Day – Pain Perdu

Firstly I would like to wish all the mom’s out there a wonderful day of peace and relaxation doing whatever it is that makes you happy. I personally hope to get in 9 holes of golf this afternoon. This is my first mother’s day with nothing really planned.  My normal mother’s day consists of me making my mother and mother-in-law either brunch or dinner and sometimes both. Neither is in the state this year so I get the day off, for that matter my own kids are both out of state well actually they are both out of the country.  My son went to visit his sister in Japan; he does arrive home late tonight so off to Boston we will go, my husband and I will go out to dinner somewhere en-route.

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Looking for something a little special for breakfast? Pain Perdu can be as easy or as sexy as you want to make it.  Just the name sounds sexy; you got to just love romantic languages they can make an ordinary meal sound phenomenal.  Case in point Pain Perdu translates to “lost bread” or as we know it French toast nuff said.

My inspiration for how I made this dish was from my favorite local restaurant, they serve something similar for one of their desserts and it is amazing.  It also helps that there were a couple of bananas’ on the counter that needed another purpose and we had some leftover French bread from the previous night’s dinner.  This shows exactly how frugal I can be.  Quick story – my girlfriend was over one night and mentioned something about caramelized bananas so I whipped it up for her YUM!

Sorry a little longer than a quick story – The best French toast I ever had and forever changed the way we make it from that day forward.  For my 25th birthday my husband surprised me with a weeklong trip to the US Virgin Island of St Thomas.  We went into Charlotte Amalie for breakfast at the Greenhouse Café and I ordered French toast.  It looked pretty, but the taste was just amazing.  It was sliced elongated; it was buttery cooked to perfection and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.  I asked the waitress if the chef would share how it was made.  Even back then I was a foodie and didn’t know it.  His secret was the wash; it was only egg and rum.  Who knew!

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Caramelized Bananas

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 bananas

In a small sauté pan melt butter medium low heat, add sugar and sliced bananas. Cook until sugar has caramelized; watch carefully it could turn from yummy to yucky pretty quickly.

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Pain Perdu (aka lost bread)

3 Eggs

Splash of rum

Splash of Milk (yes I can’t not put some in)

Few sprinkles of cinnamon

Splash of Vanilla

Loaf of leftover French bread

Sprinkle of confectioners sugar

Slice bread, in a shallow dish add eggs, rum and cinnamon beat till combined.  Add sliced bread to egg mixture soak a minute or two, flip to soak other side.  Pre-heat griddle add soaked bread once up to temperature.  Cook till brown on both sides.  While toast is cooking; make the caramelized bananas.