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Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Days off bore me. I should spend them writing, but obviously I wouldn't be a World Class Procastinator if I did that, would I? Usually I clean, but today I'd already done that. So I made Tiramisu.


I decided to experiment, though. Nice as ladyfingers are (I'll wait while you stop making highly amusing jokes), they go a bit soggy at the bottom of a Tiramisu, so I decided not to use them. I substituted them with dark chocolate digestive biscuits, because they're amazing and, let's be honest, more chocolate in a Tiramisu? Great idea.

Here's what they looked like;

(Those are bloody big wine glasses, BTW)

And here's how to make it. You'll need;
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 pack (yes, one full pack) of dark chocolate digestives
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 250g marscapone cheese
  • a big pot of strong black coffee  

Making them is really simple. Put the yolks, sugar and vanilla extract together in a bowl and whisk until they form a smooth, pale yellow mixture that looks a little like this;

Once you've done that, set the mixture aside. Now comes the fun parts. Take those biscuits and smash the hell out of them. I used a hammer. Nice and therapeutic. Once smashed, put them in a bowl and start to mix in the coffee. Do it slowly; you want the biscuit to absord the liquid and stick together, but you don't want to drown it/make it go soggy. There should still be crunch there when you eat it.

(Mmm coffee and chocolate mmm)

All that's left to do now is serve it. Layer the two mixtures into whatever you've serving it in, with the biscuit at the bottom. I did three layers of each. After you're finished put the glasses (or whatever) into the fridge to chill for a couple of hours, then eat the leftovers. And all that coffee that you've got left over? Drink it. It's fricking coffee.

That's all there is to it. If you make them, let me know how they turn out.  

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