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Simple Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is one the most famous Italian desserts. It’s literal translation is ‘pick me up’ for the coffee that it contains.

With its luscious layers of whipped cream, sweetened mascarpone mixture and ladyfingers softened by their dip in liqueur-spiked esspresso, it is a dream of a dessert indeed.

 
 

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There are many versions of this favorite no-bake treat… and this is the one that I like very much.

Would you like to know more about how to make this? Then I sure have all the details ready for you…

 
 

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To make Tiramisu, in a large heatproof bowl or pot, whisk the egg yolks and 1 cup (115 grams) of sugar until smooth and pale in color.

 
 

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Place the bowl/pot containing the egg yolk-sugar mixture over a pot of boiling water (so that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the mixture into a larger bowl and allow to cool.

 
 

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Now we need our softened mascarpone cheese.

 
 

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Fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg-sugar mixture.

 
 

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Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold it into the egg-sugar-mascarpone mixture.

*Please note that the egg whites in this recipe are uncooked. It is recommended that those who are very old, very young, pregnant, or have a compromised immune system should avoid raw eggs.

 
 

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Place in the fridge until needed again.

 
 

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And now let the ladyfingers join the game.

 
 

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Yum.

 
 

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In a smaller bowl, combine the strong brewed coffee and liqueur. Let cool completely.

Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee-liqueur mixture (they are very absorbent, a little while will do)…

 
 

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… and lay them in rows in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) dish.

 
 

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You may need to cut some ladyfingers with a knife to fit the size of the pan.

 
 

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Spread half of the mascarpone cream on top.

 
 

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Even out the surface.

 
 

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Cover the mascarpone cream with another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers. Then cover the ladyfingers with the other half of the mascarpone cream.

 
 

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In a bowl of your electric mixer, place the heavy cream and 1 tbsp sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the mascarpone cream layer.

 
 

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And even out nicely.

 
 

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Dust the surface generously with sifted cocoa powder.

 
 

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Just like this.

 
 

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And add some chocolate shavings as well.

 
 

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Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

 
 

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Cut into squares.

 
 

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And serve.

 
 

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Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 
 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Simple Tiramisu
Author: 
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 pieces
 
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (115 grams) + 1 tbsp confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 16 ounces (450 grams) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 ml) strong brewed coffee
  • ½ cup (120 ml) coffee liqueur or rum
  • 40 store bought lady fingers (like Savoiardi)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • cocoa powder (for garnish)
  • chocolate shavings (for garnish)
  • bittersweet chocolate (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a large heatproof bowl or pot, whisk the egg yolks and 1 cup (115 grams) of sugar until smooth and pale in color.
  2. Place the bowl/pot containing the egg yolk-sugar mixture over a pot of boiling water (so that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a larger bowl and allow to cool.
  4. Fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg-sugar mixture.
  5. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold it into the egg-sugar-mascarpone mixture. Place in the fridge until needed again.
  6. In a smaller bowl, combine the strong brewed coffee and liqueur. Let cool completely.
  7. Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee-liqueur mixture and lay in rows in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) dish (you might need to cut some ladyfingers with a knife to fit the size of the pan).
  8. Spread half of the mascarpone cream on top.
  9. Cover the mascarpone cream with another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers.
  10. Cover the ladyfingers with the other half of the mascarpone cream.
  11. In a bowl of your electric mixer, place the heavy cream and 1 tbsp sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the mascarpone cream layer.
  12. Dust generously with sifted cocoa powder and chocolate shavings.
  13. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  14. Cut into squares and serve.
  15. Enjoy!

 

This recipe was adapted from www.gastronomersguide.com.

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Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Pull-apart breads are a great love of mine.

They look amazing, they are so much fun to make and the actual ‘pulling apart’ while you eat them is an immensely enjoyable and exciting thing too.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

This Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread is as light as a feather, with each piece covered in a heavenly mixture of butter, herbs, garlic and Parmesan.

It’s a real treat!

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Here are all the details that you need to bring this beauty on your table…

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

To make the Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread, first, in the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together the yeast and warm milk. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Mix in the olive oil, 2 tsp salt and flour. Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until elastic (alternatively, you can mix the ingredients in a large bowl and knead by hand until it is elastic, about 10 minutes, which is what I did… there’s something very magical and therapeutic in working with dough).

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until it has doubled in size.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley, ½ tsp salt, Italian seasoning and minced garlic. Set aside.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

Gently push the air out of the dough. Roll the dough into a long log and cut it into about 27 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball (or just simply tear off golf ball-sized pieces of dough and roll them into balls).

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Then, one by one, roll each ball in the butter mixture…

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

…and place in the bundt pan.

 
 

…so often, when I think about a bundt pan, this scene from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ comes to my mind (love that movie!)… 🙂

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Anyway, arrange the dough balls in three layers. This is the first one.

 
 

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And this is all three of them.

Give each layer a nice sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (someone, who will remain nameless, forgot to do that with her/his first 2 layers… do not be like her/him please).

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Cover the pan with a clean towel or plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for about 20-30 minutes.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

 
 

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Mmmmmmm. The wonderful smell of freshly baked bread, cheese and garlic will fill your house.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Let the pan cool on the wire rack for about 5 minutes. Serve directly from the pan or invert the pan onto a large serving plate and let the bread fall out of the pan.

Serve hot.

Pulling the bread apart is so much fun! It definitely was for me.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

I served my pull-apart bread with this yummy tomato soup.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

They made a great pair together.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

The bread was soft and light as a feather.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

And each piece was full of amazing flavors.

 
 

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

… If you find it handy, here’s the recipe in the printable form.

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread
Author: 
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 1 bundt pan
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ¼ tsp (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 1⅓ cups (315 ml) warm milk
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups (455 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp (110 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together the yeast and warm milk. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Mix in the olive oil, 2 tsp salt and flour. Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until elastic (alternatively, you can mix the ingredients in a large bowl and knead by hand until it is elastic, about 10 minutes). Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley, ½ tsp salt, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  4. Gently push the air out of the dough. Roll the dough into a long log and cut it into about 27 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball (or just simply tear off golf ball-sized pieces of dough and roll them into balls). Then, one by one, roll each ball in the butter mixture and place in the bundt pan in 3 layers, sprinkling each layer with about ⅓ of Parmesan. Cover the pan with a clean towel or plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown. Let the pan cool on the wire rack for about 5 minutes. Serve directly from the pan or invert the pan onto a large serving plate and let the bread fall out of the pan. Serve hot.
  6. Enjoy!

 

(This yummy recipe was loosely adapted from www.pastryaffair.com.)

Parmesan Pull Apart Bread recipe

Photography – Adding Golden Glow In Photoshop

adding golden glow in photoshop tutorial

Adding golden glow to your images is a simple yet effective editing technique that allows you to bring more warmth, glow and contrast to your images.

I remembered this simple technique while editing the pictures for my latest recipe – the langos.

 
 

adding golden glow in photoshop tutorial

When I was looking at the pictures I took and compared them to reality, I thought that the delicious fried bread shown in my images was lacking a bit of the beautifully golden color that it actually possessed. The pictures were just not doing the real thing justice.

 
 

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This is the image after the golden glow effect was applied.

The change is slight and rather subtle. But it did just what I was looking for – it deepened the image, added more contrast, and most importantly, it brought nice warming golden glow to my subject.

 
 

adding golden glow in photoshop tutorial

To add more glow to your pictures, just follow these simple steps.

1. Open your image in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements 11 here).

2. Duplicate the background layer (Ctrl + J for PC/Command + J for Mac).

3. In the top bar of your screen press Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and in the small window that pops up move the slider to choose the setting that blurs your image completely (I went up to 37.5 % for my image).

4. Press OK.

 
 

adding golden glow in photoshop tutorial

5. Change the Blending Mode to Slight Light. You can find the Blending Mode option in the upper right part of your screen, right above the open layers.

6. If you are happy with the result, just save the image. If you’d like to reduce the effect, you can use the Opacity slider to make the effect more subtle (you can find the Opacity slider in the upper right part of your screen, right above the open layers). In this particular image, I liked the result of the effect at 63 % opacity.

 
 

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And that’s it! Pretty easy, right?

Enjoy your editing!

Love,
Petra

 

Easter Cookie Stamp Giveaway WINNER!

Easter cookie stamp giveaway winner

Hi friends!

Today I am super happy to announce the winner of the ‘Easter Cookie Stamp GIVEAWAY’!

So… the winner is…

 

 

Easter cookie stamp giveaway winner

The lucky commenter number 32 – Katka!

Congratulations Katka! You will be contacted via email soon.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for participating in the contest! I loved learning about your favorite Easter treats, they all sounded incredibly delicious!

With love,
Petra

 

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