I just joined The Daring Kitchen. Their February challenge was tiramisu from scratch! Yes, even the ladyfingers and mascapone were from scratch! I LOVE tiramisu and have had it on my to do list since the beginning of my cooking resolution. I was a little bummed I'd missed such a great challenge, but realized there was no reason I couldn't make it anyway!
recipe at The Daring Kitchen. It is too long to include here. (Printable Recipe)
Ladyfingers: I burned the ladyfingers. It was pretty upsetting to have a huge ball of smoke come out of the oven when I opened the door. I don't know why that happened. I did a good job folding it all together and I really enjoyed using my new coupler and bag skills to pipe the fingers out, but then burned the bottoms. Bummer. The tops were good so I used to bread knife and sliced the burned part off a bit.
Mascapone: Recipes are not written for my stove. I followed the directions and turned the stove down to med-low to warm the cream, but it never got close to the right temperature. After 45 minutes I finally just cranked the heat. It was my first time using cheesecloth too. What fun!
Pastry Cream: I think I cooked it a bit too quickly after my experience with the mascapone. It seemed to turn out right. I just don't think I prepared it as "delicately" as it could be prepared.
Zabaglione: I learned how to use Austin's espresso machine to make this. I think it came out right. It didn't seem as smooth as it should have been though.
Tiramisu: The assembly was fun. I got to use the espresso machine again! I decide to assemble it freestanding on a plate instead of preparing it in a dish. I think next time I'll do the dish. The assembly was tricky since the mascapone, pastry cream, zabaglione, and whip cream were quite airy and creamy and thus everything moved a lot as I began to build. In the end it looked a bit like a beehive instead of a square. I can't believe how much whip cream is in tiramisu! Wow! That is NOT a low-fat dessert by any means. All in all, it was a huge challenge and tons of fun to make, but it was very time consuming. Its not really a mommy friendly recipe.