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.

 
 

simple-tiruamisu-recipe

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.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

Fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg-sugar mixture.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

And now let the ladyfingers join the game.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

Yum.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

And even out nicely.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

Dust the surface generously with sifted cocoa powder.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

Just like this.

 
 

simple-tiramisu-recipe-instructions

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.

 
 

simple-tiruamisu-recipe

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 
 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Simple Tiramisu
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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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Strawberry Meringue Squares

strawberry meringue squares

If you are in the mood for a little adventure of a dessert kind, this Strawberry Meringue Squares are definitely the right choice for you… 🙂

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

By making this recipe you will be rewarded with wonderful cake squares where the bottom layer is as light as a cloud, fluffy and full of vanilla flavor. There will be strawberries mixed in to add freshness and the most amazing scent. And it will all be generously covered with a layer of luscious meringue, crispy on top and beautifully soft underneath, that will melt in your mouth as you eat it.

This cake is an adventure, something new and sinful in every layer.

And here’s how you can make it…

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

To make the meringue squares, first, place the egg yolks, 7 tbsp sugar, butter, flour, warm milk, yeast, salt and vanilla extract in the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix/knead until smooth batter/dough forms. (Keep the egg whites refrigerated while you are making the dough.)

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (32 x 23 x 5-cm) baking pan with parchment paper – cut a length of parchment paper long enough to line the bottom of the pan with extra hanging over the sides (it will be used to remove the cake from the baking pan once it’s baked). Pour the dough in the baking pan.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Spread it over the bottom of the pan evenly.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

And now onto the lovely delicious strawberries.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Rinse the strawberries, cut off the tops and halve them.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Just like this.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Press the strawberry halves into the dough. Set the baking pan aside and allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C), with the rack placed in the bottom third of the oven.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks, then add 2 cups + 1 tbsp (250 grams) confectioners sugar and whisk until soft peaks.

Pour the egg white mixture over the strawberry dough.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Even out the surface.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Then, using a tablespoon, form peaks on the surface.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Place the baking pan in the lower third of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If the top of the meringue gets too brown, cover it with aluminum foil.

Remove the cake from the oven and let cool.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Use the extra hanging of the parchment paper on the sides to remove the cake from the baking pan.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Cut into squares.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

And enjoy!

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

There is definitely a lot to enjoy… 🙂

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Mmmmmm!

With lots of love,
Petra

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry Meringue Squares
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Serves: 12 2½-inch (6.5 cm) squares
 
Ingredients
  • FOR DOUGH:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 7 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • ⅔ cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp (100 ml) milk, warm
  • 1 tsp instant yeast powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 strawberries, halved
  • FOR MERINGUE:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 250 grams confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Place egg yolks, 7 tbsp sugar, butter, flour, warm milk, yeast, salt and vanilla extract in the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix/knead until smooth batter/dough forms. (Keep the egg whites refrigerated while you are making the dough.)
  2. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (32 x 23 x 5-cm) baking pan with parchment paper - cut a length of parchment paper long enough to line the bottom of the pan with extra hanging over the sides (it will be used to remove the cake from the baking pan once it's baked). Pour the dough in the baking pan and spread it over the bottom evenly.
  3. Rinse and halve the strawberries. Press them into the dough. Set the baking pan aside and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  4. When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C), with the rack placed in the bottom third of the oven.
  5. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks, then add 2 cups + 1 tbsp (250 grams) confectioners sugar and whisk until soft peaks.
  6. Pour the egg white mixture over the strawberry dough, even it out. Then, using a tablespoon, form peaks on the surface.
  7. Place the baking pan in the lower third of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If the top of the meringue gets too brown, cover it with aluminum foil.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool. Use the extra hanging of the parchment paper on the sides to remove the cake from the baking pan. Cut into squares!
  9. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Mint Sorbet

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

With the summer in full swing, icy cold desserts are basically all that I can think of right now. After trying my hand at this strawberry mint sorbet the other day, I now know that it will most probably stay with us as a favorite go to treat for pretty long. It is oh so yummy! And it is is very easy to prepare too. Just have a look…

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

To make your strawberry mint sorbet you need these simple ingredients: strawberries, mint, lime or lemon and a bit of simple sugar syrup.

1. The simple sugar syrup is just a combination of sugar dissolved in water. That easy! To prepare your simple syrup for this recipe, in a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup (80 ml) water and 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer.

If you don’t have the ice cream machine, that’s no problem at all… just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 
 

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

Strawberry Mint Sorbet
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Serves: 4 - 6
 
Ingredients
  • For Simple Syrup: ⅓ cup (80 ml) water
  • ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar
  • For Sorbet: 2 pints (1 kg) strawberries
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup mint
Instructions
  1. To prepare the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine ⅓ cup (80 ml) water and ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.
  3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If you don't have the ice cream machine, that's no problem at all... just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.
  5. Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 

Amazing Lemon Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

The point of this post is basically to tell you that you definitely need to, need to, need to make these cupcakes very soon. Because they are life-changing! Earth-shaking. Just absolutely amazing!

The cupcakes themselves have lemon juice and lemon zest added to them which is the reason why they reach the level of lemony deliciousness so high that you might not have even dreamed about it before. Sour cream is the secret why these little cakes are so wonderfully moist. And then, putting a crown on it all and working in perfect harmony with the cupcake base, there’s this rich and buttery raspberry frosting. Mmm, finger-licking good!

To tell you the truth, it all tastes even more amazing than it sounds!

See? I told you that you need to make these very soon… here are all the details that you’ll need…

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

The ingredients.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. Line the cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg whites.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

5. Put the sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of your stand mixer and stir to combine. Add the butter and beat at medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and beat until combined. Working with smaller amounts, add the ‘flour mixture’ and the ‘sour cream-egg’ mixture, alternating the wet and dry ingredients. Beat on medium for about two minutes to ensure that the batter is thoroughly mixed.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

6. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins, filling them only about 3/4 full (I filled mine to the top resulting in slightly taller cupcakes than I’d wished for).

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

7. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

8. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then continue cooling on a wire rack.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

9. To make the buttercream frosting, first blend the raspberries in your blender and then push the puree through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.

10. In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream the butter, raspberry puree, salt and vanilla extract.

11. Add the sugar in increments and mix thoroughly after each addition.

12. Add the cream, one tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition, until you reach the desired consistency.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

13. Fill a piping bag with the buttercream frosting and pipe on top of the cupcakes.

14. You can garnish your cupcakes with individual raspberries, small lemon wedges or sprinkles.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

Mmmm…

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

So cute.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

And so much fun to make.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

I am sure you will love them too.

 

amazing lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

(This recipe was inspired by www.mybakingaddiction.com. It makes about 18 cupcakes.)