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...and celebrate the first tshirt day of the year, hip, hip, hooray!!...this 'scooter bike' is now the best toy in the house and it is c/o the local gomi pile...someone had put it in the rubbish ready for me to take home....it is the best find all year :)
9 April 2009
5 min Tiramasu
- 175gm cream cheese
- 100ml fresh cream
- 30gm caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp rum (...or more....I didnt use any alcohol but you can use anything really...)
- 4 slices castella cake or one layer of plain sponge cake (slice them in half if you want to layer)
- 4 tbs espresso coffee (or instant dissolved in water)
- cocoa power to dust the top
1. Select your vessel for the cake, I used these tiny coffee cups above and cut the cake using a scone cutter. I had enough cake to make 2 layers of cake for 3 cups (and a little gratin dish). But a single layer in a tray is just as good (and less washing up)....Once you have arranged the cake, using a pastry brush, paint the coffee onto the cake and let it soak. If you are doing layers, set aside the cake and paint the coffee on as you layer otherwise it will be a bit soggy.
2. In a bowl mix the cream cheese so it is warmed and smooth, add the fresh cream
and sugar (and alcohol) and whisk (or use beaters) until it thickens.
3. Layer the cream mix on top of the coffee soaked cake and smooth with a spatula or knife. Add the next layer of sponge and coffee and cream if you desire.
4. Dust the top with cocoa and eat immediately (or you can put it in the fridge for extra soaking goodness).
I did not know it was this easy and not being a huge desserts person I never investigated... I found a 'handmade 5 mins snack' book in a sale bin at a bookshop and saw this recipe, I altered it a little and it works well.
Verdit....well, one of the three people in this house gave 100% approval...I loved it, the mooch refused to even look at it, and after eating both his own and the mooch's, my loved one said 'I really prefer the orange cake or the cheesecake'........one look was enough....the dagger one, you know?! :)...so you might need to make it yourself to see!