Fresh Cherry and White Lindt Chocolate Tiramisu
Origin: This lovely summer dessert was one my friend Lindy, who is a Masterchef in disguise by the way, and known to those close to her as the Salad Queen…made for one of our weekend get-togethers a few years ago.
It is decadent, rich, delicious and worth every single calorie! I think this year I am going to ear-mark this as our Christams pudding, as it can be made up to two days in advance – and looks so Christmas’i’ with the reds of the summer fruit.
I have adapted the recipe slightly to fit in with my ‘Cherry article’ that I am writing for next weeks Food and Wine.
(Serves 10 people)
To soften the fruit:
500 ml water 250ml granulated white sugar
250 g mascarpone 3 egg yolks
1 egg white 250 ml fresh cream
3 Tbspoons castor sugar 100ml Amaretto, Kahlua coffee, or Kirsch liqueur
100ml warmed milk 300 g Amaretti biscuits or Italian lady fingers
500 g fresh de-pipped cherries or a mixture of cherries, raspberries, strawberries (any summer fruit)
Select a few nice cherries and set aside for decoration
200 g white Lindt chocolate – roughly chopped
Set aside a little of the chocolate for decorating
Icing sugar for dusting
- To soften the fruit, bring the 500ml of water and 250ml sugar to the boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar and then boil for 3-5 minutes on a high heat. Add the fruit and boil for a further 2 – 3 minutes before removing from the heat. Drain and put into the refrigerator to cool.
- Using an electric beater, mix together the mascarpone, egg yolks and castor sugar until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, beat the cream until firm and add to the mascarpone mixture.
- Again in a separate bowl beat the egg white until soft peaks form and fold into the above mixture.
- Combine the milk and liqueur. Dip the biscuits into this mixture until they soften very slightly.
- Now assemble the dessert in a large glass bowl or in individual glasses by starting with a layer of biscuits, followed by some of the fruit, the cream mixture, and a sprinkle of the roughly chopped Lindt chocolate.
- Continue to layer the ingredients. Decorate with the remaining cherries and roughly chopped chocolate.
- Lastly dust with icing sugar.