“Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto.”
– Eat well, laugh often, love much.
I recently had the pleasure of an afternoon well spent at Enrica Rocca Cooking School in Notting Hill – a cookery school like none other, founded by a Venetian Countess and housed in the beautiful Notting Hill home of her daughters, Charlotte and Claire.
Among the many lessons I took away with me, I learned a wonderfully simple and winning recipe for one of my favourite desserts: Tiramisu. A coffee-flavoured classic, which literally translates to pick-me-up in Italian!
The girls have kindly allowed me to share their recipe here, and it’s definitely one to bookmark for the next time you’re in the need of a mood-elevating treat…
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 300g mascarpone
- 300ml strong coffee
- 300g lady fingers
Put a layer of finger biscuits at the bottom of a dish.
- Gently pour coffee over the biscuits, until the biscuits are soft but there is no excess coffee floating in the dish.
- Separate the eggs into two bowls: whites in one, and yolks in the other.
- Add the sugar to the egg-whites and using an electronic whisk, beat until the mixture is firm and you can tip it upside-down without it falling out of the bowl.
- Add the mascarpone to the egg yolks and use a hand whisk to mix them together, until there are no lumps.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the yolks and mascarpone, one spoonful at a time. Repeat until there are no lumps.
- Pour the mascarpone mixture over the finger biscuits.
- Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or until the mix has set.
Dust with cocoa powder to serve.
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Isn't it amazing just how a few simple ingredients combine to create the dreamiest dessert (and one which literally translates to 'pick me up' in Italian!). Can’t wait to recreate the recipes learned @EnricaCookerySchool… starting with this exuberantly smooth & creamy #tiramisu! More highlights in the posts below (and my Stories- while they last!) #Food52 #ItalianStyle #NottingHill #KitchenInspiration #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
For more Kitchen Inspiration, have a browse through past recipes – here.