Sunday, August 31, 2008

Raspberry Lemon Tiramisu

I’m very proud of this one because it’s the first recipe that I thought up from scratch myself. When in Italy I purchased a bottle of limoncello and I’ve been thinking of ways to use it (other than the obvious aperitif). So here it is – lemon raspberry tirsmisu.

Serves 10-12

40 savoiardi biscuits

Juice of three lemons made up to 200 ml with water

3 tbsp caster sugar

50 ml limoncello
  • Warm the juice and water together with the sugar until it dissolves
  • Add the limoncello
  • Leave to cool
200 ml cream
20 ml limoncello
500 g mascarpone

4 tbsp caster sugar

Zest of 3 lemons

4 egg yolks
  • Whip the cream
  • Add 20 ml limoncello
  • Whip until firm again
  • In a clean bowl mash the mascarpone and lemon zest together
  • Beat in the sugar and then the egg yolks
  • Fold in the previously whipped cream
600 g raspberries

I used a 7 by 7 inch square pan with a removable base.
Dip ½ the savoiardi biscuits in the cooled lemon syrup and line the bottom of the dish. Spoon over ½ the raspberries and top with ½ the mascarpone mix. Repeat the layers finishing with a mascarpone layer. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight to let the flavours meld together.

Serve with some fresh fruit salad.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Probably the best..........

Chocolate chip cookies in the world

I first came across these on Orangette's blog, though they are originally came from the New York Times. I made two batches, one with 24 hours of resting the dough and the other with 48 hours. Both were good but the second lot were a bit easier to handle. The great thing about resting the dough is that you can come home from work, stick the oven on and 15 mins later have yummy fresh cookies to hand. I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter except for using ordinary plain flour for both 'flours' specified and I got 24 enormous cookies from the recipe.

P.S. I used chocolate chips that I bought in Cacoa Sampaka in Barcelona. They were great as they are really small and you get a nice, even distribution of chips throughout the cookie. Does anybody know where I can get ones like these in Ireland? (I found them in one shop but it would have been over 10 Euro for the chips for these cookies!!)