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0Tiramisu isn’t so difficult to do/media/257448/teri-thumbnail.jpg<p><strong><img width="680" height="410" src="/media/257447/teri-680x410.jpg" alt="Teri 680 410"/></strong></p> <p>Tiramisu is decadently delicious and always seems like a job for professionals, which is perhaps why there’s a fear of making the dessert from scratch. To help shake off beginners’ fear, keep these tips in mind when making tiramisu:</p> <p><strong>Back to bases</strong><br />The base of a tiramisu is traditionally made with crumbly ladyfinger biscuits which are dipped in coffee. Getting the perfect dipping time can be tricky. To dip the biscuits correctly and avoid over-soaking, roll each biscuit quickly in the coffee (either in a saucer or in a small, shallow bowl). The ladyfingers should turn a pale coffee colour but not be mushy. For complete accuracy, use a pastry brush to brush the biscuits with coffee, rather than dipping.</p> <p><strong>Creamy centre</strong><br />A traditional tiramisu contains eggs. If you use just the yolks mixed with mascarpone cheese, the custard will be incredibly rich and dense, while folding whipped egg whites into a small amount of mascarpone results in a lighter, mousse-like effect. Your best bet is to use the same ratio of mascarpone to whole eggs. Stick to large eggs. Extra-large or jumbo sized eggs will make the dish too liquid.</p> <p><strong>Liquid spirit</strong><br />Use espresso rather than instant coffee for a stronger, longer-lasting aroma. Although tiramisu is delicious without alcohol, an added kick of brandy gives the dessert a more complex flavour. When adding the splash of alcohol, be careful not to be heavy handed, or it could overpower the other ingredients.</p> <p><strong>Twists on the classic</strong><br />Something a little sweeter, like sherry, instead of brandy works well with the strong flavour of coffee. Rum can also balance the bitterness of coffee. Tuscan fortified wine, vin santo, or limoncello (a popular Italian liqueur) adds a vibrant flavour to the dessert.</p> <p>While most tiramisu recipes call for a garnish of chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder, try more adventurous toppings like strawberries or a drizzle of orange extract. Poached pears between the biscuit and cream layers add a tangy, sweet taste. Also try adding fresh coconut shavings to the mix.</p> <p><strong>Time lapse</strong><br />The great thing about tiramisu is that it tastes even better when prepared and left overnight. But if you need to serve up sooner, allow for a minimum of five hours to refrigerate.</p> <div></div>
Tiramisu isn’t so difficult to do