Chocolate Tiramisu

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If you like stock tiramisu, you’ll eff brown tiramisu! This crease on the informed Italian preferred calls for hot umber instead of espresso, and adds several layers of umber ganache for a abyssal, deluxe umber savour.

This may pronounce singular arrival from a non-coffee-drinking abstainer, but I am immense sucker for tiramisu. I imagine it’s because it triggers all the deal feeling centers in my mentality, of which there are really, real numerous. I poor, it fundamentally is a play, reactionary? Liquid cake-like bed? Change. Creamy stratum? You betcha. Sightly stratified introduction? Yes indeedy. Decorated European traducement? Oh, acquit.

 
 



Ingredients:
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream divided use
  • 6 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 7 oz granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 lb mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24-30 lady fingers the soft variety, (up to 40 if using a 9×13 pan)
  • 2 cups prepared hot chocolate strong, cooled to room temperature
 
Instructions:
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Pour one cup of heavy cream into a small saucepan, and place the pan over medium heat. Bring the cream to a simmer, heating it until bubbles appear along the sides of the pan, but it is not yet boiling.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and allow it to sit and soften for a minute. After a minute, whisk the cream and chocolate together until the chocolate is smooth, shiny and melted. Press a layer of cling wrap over the top and refrigerate the chocolate briefly until it thickens to the consistency of soft peanut butter.
  3. While the chocolate is chilling, prepare the mascarpone mixture. Place the egg yolks and sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the yolks and sugar together on medium-high speed until they are very thick and pale, about 2-3 minutes. When you stop the mixer and lift up the whisk, the yolks should slowly drip from the whisk in a thick ribbon.
  4. Add the mascarpone cheese, salt, and vanilla extract, and beat on medium-low until the cheese is incorporated and the mixture is free of lumps. Don’t overbeat, or beat too quickly, since mascarpone is prone to breaking if it’s overworked!
  5. Transfer the mascarpone cheese to another bowl, and in the same mixing bowl no need to clean it place the remaining 3/4 cup heavy cream. Whip the cream to firm peaks, then gently fold it into the cheese in several batches.
  6. To assemble the tiramisus, spread a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom of six 10-oz dishes or cups. Working one at a time, dip a ladyfinger quickly in the hot chocolate so that it is submerged, then place it in the serving dish. You may need to break the cookies into several pieces to make them fit into an even layer in the dishes. Repeat until all of the dishes have a first layer of soaked lady fingers.
  7. Spoon a thick layer of the mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers you may find that it’s easier to put the cream into a pastry bag with a round tip, or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Once all of the tiramisus have a layer of mascarpone, spoon a thin layer of chocolate on top. Repeat the layers, adding more ladyfingers, mascarpone, and chocolate, until you reach the top of your container. Make sure that you end with a layer of mascarpone cheese. Finish the tiramisus with a topping of shaved chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, or a big rosette of whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and serve!
  8. Tiramisu keeps very well, and this dessert can be made up to five days ahead of time and kept, well-wrapped, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
 
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