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Lemon Raspberry Tiramisu

30 Apr

I was dusting the other day.  I hate dusting.  It is mundane and disheartening, after all, the  dust returns immediately.  Anyway, as I was doing the aforementioned task, my mind went to its happy place……the kitchen.  I was thinking of desserts.  I often think of desserts.  Sometimes dessert is the highlight of my day.  I love dessert.  I could eat sweets every day, several times a day if I didn’t have to worry about my butt.  And a little thing called my health.  Typically I gravitate towards chocolate.  But a dessert doesn’t have to be made with chocolate to be tasty.

I found myself ranking desserts in my head.  Here are my preferences in order:  One, would be cake, with frosting.  Cannot be carrot or spiced.  Cookies and brownies and bars are tied for second.  Probably because they can be cake like in texture.  Coming in just behind in third place are homemade candies like buckeye balls (without rice krispies-I’m a purist), coconut balls and fudge.  In fourth place is pie with key lime and cherry topping that list.  Lastly is cheesecake.  I rarely eat cheesecake.  Just not something I go crazy over.  Then there is a gray area that I don’t know where to place.  This includes ice cream, tiramisu, and creme brûlée.  Love them all, just not sure how much.   Now there is a little condiment known as lemon curd that I adore.  To me this is a dessert all on its own and it’s a winner.  It is tart and sweet, not really creamy, but……simply delicious.  You could tie my hands behind my back and I’d stick my face in a bowl of lemon curd and lick it clean it’s that good.  It is wonderful atop scones or cupcakes.  You could dollop it on waffles, fill cakes with it, or just eat it plain.  That was my inspiration for this dessert.  Since raspberry’s have been especially wonderful, I added them for color, texture and to contrast the tartness of the lemon curd.  It worked beautifully.  I used Ameretto Liquor because that’s what I had at home, but it adds an unexpected almond surprise. The layers compliment one another so that each bite leaves you wanting more!  I highly recommend making this the night before you serve it.  It tasted even better the next day!

Raspberry Lemon Curd Tiramisu

Lemon Raspberry Tiramisu

Lemon Curd

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 cup lemon juice

3 lemons, zested

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

In a microwave safe bowl, combine sugar and eggs.  Whisk until well blended.  Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and melted butter.  Stir until smooth and combined.  Cook in microwave in 1 minute intervals.  Stirring well after each minute.  You’ll know the lemon curd is done when it coats the back of a metal spoon.  For me, this took 4 minutes.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

For the filling

16 oz room temp mascarpone

1 cup whipping cream

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp almond extract

2 cups raspberries

2 packages (3 oz) lady fingers

½ cup Amoretto Liquor

Raspberry’s for garnish

In a chilled bowl, beat the whipping cream and two tbls of the sugar until soft peaks form.  In another bowl, beat the remaining sugar, the mascarpone and the extracts until smooth.  Fold in 1/3 of the whipping cream into the mascarpone until incorporated.  Fold in remaining cream.

To assemble:

Dip lady fingers quickly into the Amoretto and layer in a 9×13 baking dish.  You may have to cut or overlap lady fingers to fit.  Spread  half of the lemon curd over your lady fingers, sprinkle 1 cup of raspberry over lemon curd.  Layer a half of your cheese mixture over the raspberry’s.  Repeat layers  starting with lady fingers and ending with cream layer.  Garnish with more raspberry’s if you like.  Cover and chill at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

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Happy April Fools!

2 Apr

There are a few days of the year that really fill me with glee!  Christmas of course would be my number one day of the year.  I’m still very much a kid and just love Christmas!  I would say my birthday would be second, but since I’ll be approaching 40, er I mean 35 (again), that one has moved to the back of the line!  Halloween is another fun-filled one and lastly I love April Fool’s Day!  What other day of the year, can you pull silly little pranks on all your loved ones without a side of guilt!!!!  I’ve been plotting  my pranks for a few weeks.  I had to make sure they were harmless pranks, because my kids are old enough to get me back.   Let me recap our day for you, feel free to store these ideas away for next year.  We switched out the clothes in our son and daughter’s rooms last night.  When my son went to get dressed this morning his reaction was perfect: “hey, I have girl clothes!”  snicker, snicker.  Lets see, we salted their toothbrushes, had fake snot blow out of our noses, stuffed tissues in their shoes and flavored their water with the lemons!!! The grand finale was dessert for dinner with dinner being a meatloaf cupcake and dessert being cupcake hamburgers!  It was the perfect end to a perfect day!  I’ve already researched what to do for next year.  I’ll have to up the ante a bit since my kids will be older and will be able to tolerate more tomfoolery.  As we continue our cat and mouse game each April 1st, the trick for me will to always be one step ahead of my kids.   Maybe one day, I’ll just give in and let them fool me, you know boost their confidence.  That’s what mothers are supposed to do right?  But for now, my goal is to get them so good, they are left with the proverbial “egg on their faces”.  And that’s no yolk!

FUDGY ESPRESSO KAHLUA BROWNIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE M & M’S

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 1/4 cups sugar

3 tbs Kahlua coffee liquor

1 tbs espresso powder

1 14 cups cocoa

1tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbs vanilla extract

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 9oz package white chocolate M & M’s

Heat oven to 350.  In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, heat until butter is melted.  Add sugar, coffee liquor and espresso powder and stir unit combined.  Return to microwave and heat for only a minute two, to dissolve the sugar a little more.  Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla.  Whisk in the eggs.  Add the flour and your candies and stir until combined.  Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until set.   Let cool on a baking rack.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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