Monday, May 11, 2009

With the Excitement...

I got so excited with my previous post that I forgot to finish it.... and post the recipe. I like this recipe because it's different and you can make it the day before for less entertaining stress. 

The Perfect Pick Me Up: Strawberry Tiramisu 

1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves, my choice is Bonne Maman
1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons Grand Manier or Cointreau, divided, plus a swig for you(optional)
1/2 cup orange juice
1 pound Mascarpone cheese, best at room temp
1 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, or regular granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, Nielsen Massey is my choice
1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh plump strawberries, divided
56-60 crisp ladyfingers

Whisk preserves, 1/2 cup Grand Manier, and orange juice in a bowl, set aside. Place Mascarpone and 2 tablespoons Grand Manier in a large bowl and fold just to blend, set aside. With an electric mixer or by hand if you missed your workout,beat the cream, sugar, vanilla, and remaining Grand Manier in a separate large bowl until you have soft peaks. Now, stir some of the whipped cream mixture into the Mascarpone mixture to lighten up the cheese. Once it is mixed together and lighter, you can now FOLD in the remaining whipped cream. Set aside and refrigerate if not using right away.

Hull the berries and slice in half, leaving a hand full whole for decor. Spread 1/2 the preserve mixture over the bottom of a 3 -quart oblong dish or in seperate serving pieces or 13x9x2 baking dish. Add enough ladyfingers over the preserve to cover the bottom of the dish. Now, spoon more preserves on top of the ladyfingers, then spread 2 1/2 cups of the Mascarpone mixture over that. Arrange some of the berries over Mascarpone and repeat the process until you finish with the Mascarpone as your last addition. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 6 hours or overnight. 
Slice remaining berries and arrange over the tiramisu and serve... DONE

It will be Love at First Bite,
                                                     Maude,   a.k.a    The Diva

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