Always A Star At The Dinner Table- Tiramisu


Ingredients for the cake:
5 eggs, divided
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Ingredients for the cream:
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
8 tablespoons butter, softened
For soaking liquid:
1 teaspoon rose water or orange blossom water (optional)
For decoration:
shaved dark chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks
2 bananas, sliced


Directions for cake:
Beat 5 egg whites with a pinch of salt into hard peak egg white fluff.
In a separate bowl beat egg yolks with sugar and water until they become light yellow in color. Add egg white fluff. Fold in with a hand mixer, not the electric one. Gently fold in flour mixed with baking powder.
Pour into 9x12 inch pan dusted with flour and bake for no more than 25 min at 350*F (185*C). Set aside and let cool down.
Directions for cream:
In a pot with a heavy bottom mix together all ingredients with an electric mixer. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it thickness. Transfer into a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let cool down. When completely cooled, add the softened butter. Mix well to obtain smooth cream.
Directions for soaking liquid:
I usually use instant coffee. It's easier and more convenient. Prepare your instant coffee according to direction and stir in rose water or orange blossom water for that special "umh what's this" comment.
For special occasions I mold my tiramisu in a round form (I cover the mold with plastic wrap, so I can be certain that when I flip my creation onto the plate there are no accidents) starting by cutting the sponge cake into strips and arranging 1/2 of them on the bottom of the mold. Soak the cake with 1/2 cup of coffee. Cover with a 1/3 of cream. Arrange half of the banana slices over the cream, cover with 1/3 of the cream, arrange banana slices again and finally that last third of the cream. Cover the top of the cream with the other half of the
The next day, before serving, flip the cooled tiramisu on the plate, cover it with whipping cream, and generously sprinkle with chocolate shavings.


Tiramisu, this Italian picker upper that everybody loves. Me, personally, with a strong cup of Turkish coffee. Oh, so good!

This sweet guilty pleasure is always a star around my dinner table, especially when we have company. I usually make it a day ahead so that all the flavors can develop to their full and start complementing each other.

Although masacarpone and lady fingers are the staple of tiramisu, I find it much more delicious made with sponge cake and custard cream. Yes, it takes more time, but in the end it pays off.

This is one of my most treasured recipes now for 22 years. It was the recipe that brought my husband and me together.

You cannot go wrong with coffee and chocolate^_^


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Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 4:49pm


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