Tiramisu – a new year pick-me-up

by Jeanne on January 1, 2010

in Dessert

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Anybody else feel like they need a little pick-me-up today?

It's been all go here since I was a speaker at Food Blogger Connect in November.  The conference was followed by a crazy week at work, after which I left for 2 weeks in South Africa, returning exactly four days before Christmas.  In fact, just in time to plan and shop for the Christmas lunch that we hosted at our place.  And just because we hadn't entertained enough, last night we also had a new year's eve dinner party.

So here we are, on the first day of a shiny new decade and all I feel is deflated after all the action.  (OK, my little hangover does not help much either!)

New year is always a strange time – a time of looking forward and a time of looking back.  Inevitably, last night I thought back to new year's eve 1999 which Nick and I spent in Cape Town, enjoying the spectacular millennium fireworks and worrying that the Y2K bug was going to end life as we knew it at midnight.  Hah.  Or new year's eve 1989, which I spent as a student in a rented beach house in Plettenberg Bay surrounded by a dozen friends and having the time of my life.  Or 1985 when my mom indulged my wishes to host an all-night formal dinne dance party at our house, followed by breakfast and an early morning swim on the 1st.  I also think of the people with whom I've spent new years eve in the past – Anton, Paola, Bron, Peter, Sally, Lorella, Alison, Pete, Gary, John, Suzie, Olwen, Antony, Belinda and Andrew, to name but a few.  I wish dearly that I could gather you all in one room for an uber-new year's eve party. 

But of course, it's also a time of looking forward, and if I think of the incredible surprises that the last 10 years have sprung on me, I can hardly wait to see what the next ten hold.  Ten years ago I never thought I'd be living in London in 2010.  I could not ski.  Nobody had heard of a blog.  And I had not yet met many of the people who make up my London "family".  So I say bring on the new year and the new decade and lets see what other crazy plans the universe has for me!  

But for today, I am in slightly fuzzy limbo – still dealing with the demise of my dear friend 2009, still contemplating tidying the dining room… and definitely in need of a little pick-me-up – which is exactly what tiramisu means in Italian.

This classic dessert is always a hit with guests but is surprisingly easy to make – even a slightly hung-over blogger can manage it ;-) Happy new year to all my readers and may all your dreams come true this year.

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TIRAMISU (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (125ml) strong black coffee, preferably espresso, cooled 
2 tbsp (25ml) caster sugar
5 tbsp (62.5ml) + 2 tsp (10ml) Amaretto liqueur
2 large eggs, separated
2 tsp (10 ml)  cocoa powder
250g/8¾oz mascarpone cheese
1 packet (125g) of Savoiardi (sponge lady finger biscuits)

Method:

Mix the cold coffee and the 62.5ml Amaretto together in a cup.  Dip both sides of each biscuit into the coffee liqueur mix and arrange to cover the bottom of a shallow dish.  Make sure the entire base is covered with biscuits.

In a separate bowl cream together the egg yolks and sugar for about three minutes until thick and pale yellow. Add the mascarpone and 10ml Amaretto and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold quickly but gently into the cream mixture taking care not to lose the volume.

Spread some of the cream mixture over the biscuits until covered, and then repeat the process again, using up the biscuits and finishing with a cream layer.

Refrigerate for about three hours or until firm. The longer it is left, the more the flavours will develop. 

Just before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder.

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Peter January 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Tiramisu is a wonderful way to greet the New Year – one of my fave desserts and easy.
Happy New Year!

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pari January 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Wish you a very happy new year. This is one of my favorites and you have made it sound very simple to make, thanks for sharing.

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bellini valli January 2, 2010 at 6:24 am

May all your dreams come true too Jeanne. Welcome to the next decade.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake January 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

Happy New Year Jeanne! Look forward to reading more of your posts this year. xx

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Louisette January 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I am a fun of tiramisu, always knowed in Belgium fromitlian family ‘s friends
hapy New year, more good recipes
blog.seniorennet.be louisette

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Ash January 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Happy New Year and new decade Jeanne! I hope that you have a womderful 2010 :)

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meeta January 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

it’s a classic – but one i can eat always, anywhere! yum!

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Kevin January 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm

That tiramisu looks really good! I like the the Amaretto in it.
Happy New Year!

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courtney January 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yuumy. Im crazing this now. I was a teen like you sking my Mother for formal dinner parties and such. No wonder we get along.

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grace January 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

as someone who is addicted to both coffee and sweets, this is a win-win for me. i think your version is the fluffiest and most well-balanced that i’ve seen–it looks amazing!

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Jamie January 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Ah I can finally leave a comment and tell you how much I love tiramisu! It is probably my favorite dessert! Tiramisu is definitely what is needed to bring in a New Year, feed sadness, celebrate happiness… it makes everything better! Cheers to you, my friend, and a super happy, healthy, joyous 2010!

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Recipes Dessert Tiramisu January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

Wish you a very happy new year. This is my favorite one …..thanks for sharing…..

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Solange January 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm

So this is what you were cooking while I was not looking…..wonderful picture as usual, I want to reach inside the screen with a spoon.
xx

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Paz February 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Oh, how I love tiramisu!
Paz ;-)

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Louisette November 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I love tiramisu much
Hello from Belgium, Louisette + Primrose’s Dream Cerise+ Zitablue du Bosquet Mignon Belgium
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