Friday, November 24, 2006Friday Coffeehouse: gourmet desserts for the coffee hour
I am always looking for recipes which are gourmet and also beautiful in presentation. The holidays are comin up and if you're having parties or dinners, these are wonderful recipes that look beautiful on your tables. They also go VERY well with coffee!
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup mascarpone
1 cup strong fresh black coffee (not espresso)
12 good-quality Italian savoiardi cookies or ladyfingersCocoa powder
1. Beat egg yolks with a whisk in a medium bowl. Gradually add sugar, continuing to whisk until mixture is thick, smooth, and pale yellow. Gently fold mascarpone into mixture with a rubber spatula, then set aside.
2. Put egg whites in a clean, dry mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Fold egg whites into mascarpone mixture and set aside.
3. Pour coffee into a wide, shallow bowl. Dip four of the savoiardi or ladyfingers into the coffee just long enough to moisten them without making them soggy, then arrange them side by side in a single layer on a serving platter. Spread one-third of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, then dust with a little cocoa powder. Repeat the entire process, including coffee, layering remaining savoiardi or lady-fingers, mascarpone, and cocoa. Refrigerate until well chilled, then serve.
(This recipe was first published in Saveur in November 1999.)
Chocolate Coated Strawberries
16 ounces milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves
-Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
-In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth.
-Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
(recipe from Allrecipes.com)
~Sia, Vancouver, WA