Here's how to make Tiramisu at home in 15 minutes


Here's how to make Tiramisu at home in 15 minutes

Cake, mascarpone cheese and cocoa - how can it go wrong!



Tiramisu
Make this Italian classic dessert at home - Tiramisu Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

Ingredients: 

500 gms mascarpone cheese

4 egg yolks

100 gms icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 shots of espresso (add or reduce water as per how strong you would like it)

250 gms egg white 

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp icing sugar

Serves: 8

Ingredients to make Tiramisu
Ingredients for Tiramisu - clockwise: Espresso, egg white, egg yolk, mascarpone, vanilla extract, store brought lady fingers, and icing sugar in the center]

Method

1. Using a double boiler method, also known as Bain maire cooking method in French, begin adding the egg yolks and icing sugar in the bowl.

2. Start mixing the two, it will look a little thick in the beginning. The purpose of using this method is to cook the egg yolks instead of scrambling. It gelatinizes the mix. 

3. If the mix starts getting very hot remove it from the boiler for a few seconds but continue mixing. In about five to six minutes the colour of the mix will begin to look light yellow in colour.

4. In about five to six minutes the colour of the mix will begin to look light yellow in colour and the consistency semi-thick.

Tiramisu
Semi thick consistency of the egg yolk and icing sugar mix Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

5. Remove the bowl from the boiler and add mascarpone to it. Mix them really well so that there are no lumps of mascarpone left in the mix.

6. The consistency of the mix should be semi-thick after mixing the mascarpone well. 

Making tiramisu
Mix until a thick consistency is achieved and make sure there are no lumps formed Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

7. In an electric blender, add egg whites, lemon juice and icing sugar. Mix it until they become foamy. In case you do not have a professional electric blender, use any available hand-blender at home. But using it will take a little longer to mix. 

8. The peaks of the mix have to be soft yet stiff. Note: Sugar is used in this process as a stabiliser and not for flavour. You may also let it rest in the refrigator for a couple of hours or overnight.

Tiramisu
Soft peaks should form Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

9. Add the egg yolk and egg white mix together and blend them well.

Making Tiramisu
Add the egg yolk mix and white mix together Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

10. The consistency of the final mix should be creamy and fluffly. This can only be ensured when they are mixed well but gently. In case there is any water left in the any of the mixes they will not bind well and ruin the mix.

Tiramisu
Mix them well Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

11. Now, put the final mixed cream in a piping bag. If you don't have a piping bag, use a spoon instead. Add the cream one spoon at a time, into a serving glass. 

Tiramisu
Add the cream into the glass Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

12. Break a ladyfinger into half and dip it into espresso (roughly 2-3 seconds) and layer it on top of the cream. Repeat the process with the rest of the ladyfingers to create layers.

Making Tiramisu
Layer the cream with lady fingers Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

13. Now, cover the ladyfingers with another layer of cream. So now we have cake sandwiched between two layers of cream. Shake the glass gently so that the cream settles into the gaps, if left.

A guide to making Tiramisu
Add another layer of cream to cover the lady fingers Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

14. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top, generously.

Guide to making Tiramisu
Sprinkle cocoa powder

15. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve chilled. Add a berry or fruit as topping if you like. 

Make tiramisu at home
Served chilled - Tiramisu Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

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