Saturday, 2 June 2012

Totally Indulgent Lemon & Strawberry Tiramisu

This dessert is not for the faint hearted. I often try to reduce the calorie count for some dishes, for this one I've upped it and thrown in some booze for good measure. Well, its Lizzies diamond jubilee weekend, so this is dedicated to her, a sweet fit for a queen!

I like normal Tiramisu but I think that it has the components that can be tinkered with. This version is more suited for the summer, hence the additional of strawberries. It's colourful, has a good variation of textures and if you like it a tad sharp it actually cleanses the palette. To make it even more indulgent, I serve it with a shot of Limoncello Liqueur. Forget the cost, forget the calories, but don't forget this recipe! This should serve 6.

Ingredients : 250g mascarpone cheese, 150ml double cream, 2 tbsp good quality lemon curd, 200g strawberries, 3 tbsp caster sugar, zest and juice of 4 lemons, 12 boudoir biscuits (sponge fingers), 2 tbsp sugar, handful of toasted almonds, Limoncello liqueur (optional)

1. Add the juice of 2 lemons, the sugar and 150 ml water to a pan. Bring to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile in a bowl add the mascarpone, cream, sugar, remaining lemon juice and the zest. Whip together until smooth. Then fold in the lemon curd gently to get a marble effect.
3. Toss the biscuits in the syrup to coat and then line the base of a trifle dish. They need to be moist rather than mushy. Add more syrup if necessary and then drizzle over some Limoncello.
4. Now slice half the strawberries and lay on top of the sponge.
5. Pour over the cream mixture and level off. Place in the fridge
6. To serve, decorate with the remaining strawberries and the almonds. Dust with icing sugar.
7. Pour a shot of Limoncello liqueur and enjoy :o)

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