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Showing posts with label Tiramisu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tiramisu. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ladyfinger Biscuits

With the budget being the flavor of the moment, I will be posting some recipes that will help you manage the household budget in a better manner. Here comes the first one.

I have been planning for a Tiramisu for sometime. It is one of my favorite desserts but I have not had a chance to indulge in it of late. All my plans to make a batch at home were being stonewalled as I was unable to get my hands on some Ladyfinger biscuits. Ladyfinger Biscuit's form the base of the dessert, helping to soak up the coffee and cheese flavors.

I finally found some on the net but they were ridiculously priced, something around Rupees 350 for 500 gm. And since I could not locate a good substitute, I decided to bake some myself. And it turned out to be pretty easy. The only hitch being my oven which has been acting up lately. But somehow I managed a decent batch.
Read on for the recipe:

Preparation Time - 40 mins

Ingredients - 2 eggs (separated), 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder,  sugar ( 1 tbsp + 1/4 cup ), butter for brushing on the foil/baking sheet.

Preparation - Beat the egg whites till stiff. Add 1 tbsp sugar and beat for another 2-3 mins.

Beat the egg yolks separately with the remaining sugar till very pale yellow in color.

Add half of the egg whites to the yellow and fold in. Add the flour and baking powder.

Add the remaining egg whites and gently mix it.

Put it in any icing bag or make your own makeshift one. Use the discarded milk packets or any packet for that matter. Put in the batter and tie it up. Cut off one end and pipe the batter though it.

Grease a foil/baking sheet with butter. Pipe 1 inch wide strips that are about 5-6 inch long. Do not get them too close.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Put in the baking tray and bake the biscuits for 7-8 mins. They will be slightly soft when you remove them but will harden as they cool.

Store in a airtight container.

Note - They taste great even if you dip some in coffee and have it as it is.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert which literally means 'pick me up'. It is attributed to the combined effect of coffee(expresso), cocoa and sugar. One bite and you really get to know why they call it so.

Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients - 12 ladyfinger biscuits, 1 tsp Nescafe, 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup milk, (5-6 tsp + 3 tsp) sugar, 1 cup cream cheese, 1 tsp butter, 2 tsp fresh cream, 1 egg yolk, 6-7 drops vanilla essence, cocoa powder for dusting.

Preparation - Dissolve the coffee and cocoa powder in warm water. Allow to cool. Then add the milk as well.

Beat the egg yolk with 5-6 tsp sugar till it is fluffy and very pale in color.

Beat the cream cheese with butter and fresh cream till light and fluffy. Fold in the egg yolk mixture gently. Add the vanilla essence.

Take a square dish. Line the ladyfinger biscuits. Add sufficient coffee-milk liquid onto the biscuits to wet them but not to make them very soggy.

Spoon over half of the cheese-yolk mixture. Sprinkle some cocoa powder. Add another layer of the biscuits. Drizzle with coffee liquid. Add the remaining cheese-yolk mixture.

Finally sprinkle as much cocoa powder as you like. (Add a few choco-chips if you want)

Refrigerate overnight. (Since I made this in a hurry, I had only about 7 hours for the dessert to set. The longer time you soak it, the better as the coffee flavors permeate into the cheese.)

Serve chilled.

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