Saturday, 27 February 2010

Daring Bakers February : Tiramisu

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.
Well this is the first Daring Bakers challenge I've competed in for a while, none of the past challenges I've really had time for or have interested me in making them, but this month ooh it was different. This month was the chance to make a tiramisu, with the chance to make every single element that went into it even the marscapone!! This was perfect, my family were coming up from Birmingham who all absoloutely adore tiramisu so I could make it for them and then give them it as a dessert for them to have one night. Surprisingly everything turned out ok, the marscapone cheese managed to come out ok as did the ladyfingers yayy. The only thing that had a slight blip was the making of the zabagloine where I didn't beat the eggs and stuff enough before boiling it, but that was soon managed to be altered and it all turned out alright. I didn't use any alcohol in my tiramisu, just coffee/espresso as the dessert was mainly for my cousin who's only 14 and doesn't really enjoy the alcoholic taste it desserts. I decided to make my tiramisu pretty much just classicly with no really different additions or anything since I'd never made one before I just wanted to try the basics. Hope everyone elses challenges turned out well, I for one definately enjoyed this challenge and hope next month's is just as good :D.


TIRAMISU

(Recipe source: Carminantonio's Tiramisu from The Washington Post, July 11 2007 )
This recipe makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
For the zabaglione:
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar/50gms
1/4 cup/60ml Marsala wine (or port or coffee)
1/4 teaspoon/ 1.25ml vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

For the vanilla pastry cream:
1/4 cup/55gms sugar
1 tablespoon/8gms all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5ml vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup/175ml whole milk

For the whipped cream:
1 cup/235ml chilled heavy cream (we used 25%)
1/4 cup/55gms sugar
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5ml vanilla extract

To assemble the tiramisu:
2 cups/470ml brewed espresso, warmed
1 teaspoon/5ml rum extract (optional)
1/2 cup/110gms sugar
1/3 cup/75gms mascarpone cheese
36 savoiardi/ ladyfinger biscuits (you may use less)
2 tablespoons/30gms unsweetened cocoa powder

Method:
For the zabaglione:
Heat water in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a pot with about an inch of water in it on the stove. Place a heat-proof bowl in the pot making sure the bottom does not touch the water.
In a large mixing bowl (or stainless steel mixing bowl), mix together the egg yolks, sugar, the Marsala (or espresso/ coffee), vanilla extract and lemon zest. Whisk together until the yolks are fully blended and the mixture looks smooth.
Transfer the mixture to the top of a double boiler or place your bowl over the pan/ pot with simmering water. Cook the egg mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes or until it resembles thick custard. It may bubble a bit as it reaches that consistency.
Let cool to room temperature and transfer the zabaglione to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled.

For the pastry cream:
Mix together the sugar, flour, lemon zest and vanilla extract in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. To this add the egg yolk and half the milk. Whisk until smooth.
Now place the saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from curdling.
Add the remaining milk a little at a time, still stirring constantly. After about 12 minutes the mixture will be thick, free of lumps and beginning to bubble. (If you have a few lumps, don’t worry. You can push the cream through a fine-mesh strainer.)
Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled.

For the whipped cream:
Combine the cream, sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer or immersion blender until the mixture holds stiff peaks. Set aside.

To assemble the tiramisu:
Have ready a rectangular serving dish (about 8" by 8" should do) or one of your choice.
Mix together the warm espresso, rum extract and sugar in a shallow dish, whisking to mix well. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese with a spoon to break down the lumps and make it smooth. This will make it easier to fold. Add the prepared and chilled zabaglione and pastry cream, blending until just combined. Gently fold in the whipped cream. Set this cream mixture aside.

Now to start assembling the tiramisu.
Workings quickly, dip 12 of the ladyfingers in the sweetened espresso, about 1 second per side. They should be moist but not soggy. Immediately transfer each ladyfinger to the platter, placing them side by side in a single row. You may break a lady finger into two, if necessary, to ensure the base of your dish is completely covered.
Spoon one-third of the cream mixture on top of the ladyfingers, then use a rubber spatula or spreading knife to cover the top evenly, all the way to the edges.
Repeat to create 2 more layers, using 12 ladyfingers and the cream mixture for each layer. Clean any spilled cream mixture; cover carefully with plastic wrap and refrigerate the tiramisu overnight.
To serve, carefully remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle the tiramisu with cocoa powder using a fine-mesh strainer or decorate as you please. Cut into individual portions and serve.

MASCARPONE CHEESE

(Source: Vera’s Recipe for Homemade Mascarpone Cheese)
This recipe makes 12oz/ 340gm of mascarpone cheese

Ingredients:
474ml (approx. 500ml)/ 2 cups whipping (36 %) pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized), preferably organic cream (between 25% to 36% cream will do)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Method:

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the water is barely simmering. Pour the cream into a medium heat-resistant bowl, then place the bowl into the skillet. Heat the cream, stirring often, to 190 F. If you do not have a thermometer, wait until small bubbles keep trying to push up to the surface.
It will take about 15 minutes of delicate heating. Add the lemon juice and continue heating the mixture, stirring gently, until the cream curdles. Do not expect the same action as you see during ricotta cheese making. All that the whipping cream will do is become thicker, like a well-done crème anglaise. It will cover a back of your wooden spoon thickly. You will see just a few clear whey streaks when you stir. Remove the bowl from the water and let cool for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a sieve with four layers of dampened cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Transfer the mixture into the lined sieve. Do not squeeze the cheese in the cheesecloth or press on its surface (be patient, it will firm up after refrigeration time). Once cooled completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (in the sieve) overnight or up to 24 hours.
Vera’s notes: The first time I made mascarpone I had all doubts if it’d been cooked enough, because of its custard-like texture. Have no fear, it will firm up beautifully in the fridge, and will yet remain lusciously creamy.
Keep refrigerated and use within 3 to 4 days.

LADYFINGERS/ SAVOIARDI BISCUITS
(Source: Recipe from Cordon Bleu At Home)
This recipe makes approximately 24 big ladyfingers or 45 small (2 1/2" to 3" long) ladyfingers.

Ingredients:
3 eggs, separated
6 tablespoons /75gms granulated sugar
3/4 cup/95gms cake flour, sifted (or 3/4 cup all purpose flour + 2 tbsp corn starch)
6 tablespoons /50gms confectioner's sugar,

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 C) degrees, then lightly brush 2 baking sheets with oil or softened butter and line with parchment paper.
Beat the egg whites using a hand held electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add granulate sugar and continue beating until the egg whites become stiff again, glossy and smooth.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork and fold them into the meringue, using a wooden spoon. Sift the flour over this mixture and fold gently until just mixed. It is important to fold very gently and not overdo the folding. Otherwise the batter would deflate and lose volume resulting in ladyfingers which are flat and not spongy.
Fit a pastry bag with a plain tip (or just snip the end off; you could also use a Ziploc bag) and fill with the batter. Pipe the batter into 5" long and 3/4" wide strips leaving about 1" space in between the strips.
Sprinkle half the confectioner's sugar over the ladyfingers and wait for 5 minutes. The sugar will pearl or look wet and glisten. Now sprinkle the remaining sugar. This helps to give the ladyfingers their characteristic crispness.
Hold the parchment paper in place with your thumb and lift one side of the baking sheet and gently tap it on the work surface to remove excess sprinkled sugar.
Bake the ladyfingers for 10 minutes, then rotate the sheets and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the puff up, turn lightly golden brown and are still soft.
Allow them to cool slightly on the sheets for about 5 minutes and then remove the ladyfingers from the baking sheet with a metal spatula while still hot, and cool on a rack.
Store them in an airtight container till required. They should keep for 2 to 3 weeks.



26 comments:

Mary said...

It looks great and I'm sure your family loved it! I was so excited about this month's challenge too-best so far, for me.

ap269 said...

Good job on the challenge!

Suzler said...

Great photo! Your tiramisu looks delicious.

Ellie said...

Lovely tiramisu. Very nicely done.

Dragon said...

Your Tiramisu is lovely. :) Great job on this challenge!

幸運之神 said...

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Paris Pastry said...

Yum! Looks wonderful! I love tiramisu but I've never made it myself.

Lara said...

Looks absolutely divine!! I also gave mine to my family (not into coffee I am ;-) ). Good luck with the next one!!
Lara

Deeba PAB said...

That's just beautiful Natalie, classic and pretty! I'm glad it got your attention and that you enjoyed the challenge. We loved hosting the challenge!!

juliana said...

love your slice photo, the tiramisu looks so good! see you on the next callenge! :)

Gala said...

I made the classic version as well, it's just the best.
Good luck to you too, can't wait to see the next challenge!

Lauren said...

Lovely job on the tiramisu! It looks fantastic =D.

Kel said...

Your photo is beautiful and your tiramisu looks absolutely amazing! Great job on the challenge!!

Aparna said...

Looks very, very good. I'm happy to know that we managed to get you out of a DB hiatus with the Tiramisu. :)
Thanks for baking with us.

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely presentation :) I enjoyed the challenge too.

cookies and cups said...

s looks so beautiful! I haven't ever made tiramisu, but I LOVE to eat it ;)

Ingrid said...

Love tiramisu, Natalie! Yours looks terrific! I've made it several times but not a traditional one.
~ingrid

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

it looks perfect. wow.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Great job, it looks really lovely!

Cakebrain said...

Well, I am a big fan of Tiramisu and it's been ages since I've had some! It looks delicious!

Dharm said...

It looks really lovely! Great job

Lisa Michelle said...

Wow..your tiramisu looks perfect..exactly how I wanted mine to turn out, since I made it in a square pan too. Beautifully done as always, Natalie!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks so scrumptious! Very well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

ice tea: sugar high said...

Great job on the challenge. Your tiramisu looks gorgeous

Jaime said...

well done!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

That looks sooooooo good! Thanks for your sweet words;o)

~Tanya