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  • Double chocolate tiramisu with homemade ladyfingers

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    16 posts, 13 voices, 2811 views, started May 21, 2010

    Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      This was fun to make. I had never really worked with ladyfingers before and didn’t realize they were like little sponge cakes. I added cocoa powder and instant espresso to mine for a richer taste. Then I used a recipe for the filling that is just mascarpone, whipped cream and sugar and added a little triple sec and cocoa powder for a double chocolate tiramisu.

      Here’s the recipe for the lady fingers:

      Preheat oven to 400
      line 2 baking sheets with parchment or baking mats like silpat.

      Ingredients:
      1 cup all purpose flour
      2/3 cup sugar
      1/2 tsp baking powder
      4 eggs, separated
      1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
      2 Tbsp cocoa powder

      In a medium bowl, beat egg whites first until soft peaks form. Add 2 Tbsp of the sugar and beat until stiff and glossy

      In a larger bowl, beat egg yolks with remaining sugar until pale yellow and thick.

      Sift flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and espresso together. Fold half the egg whites into the yolks. Fold in the flour mixture. Fold in the remaining egg whites. If you need to use the electric mixer, do so but carefully so as not to deflate your batter.

      Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a 1/2 inch tip. I use a disposable piping bag that I just cut a hole in. You may be able to find them at Walmart in the baking supply area where they carry Wilton products or at a local craft store. If you put the piping bag in a vase or a glass with straight sides it’s easier to fill.

      Pipe little “fingers” in two rows on the lined baking sheet. Work quickly so the batter doesn’t spread. It’s a little thin to work with. Bake 8 minutes, cool on a rack and freeze what you don’t need right a way.

      For the filling, you can use either an egg yolk based tiramisu or a whipped cream base with the mascarpone. If you want to make it chocolate, add a teaspoon of cocoa powder and an extra Tablespoon of sugar to whatever recipe you choose.

      If you want more details on the recipe, message me. This was a work in progress and I’m still adapting it.

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