Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tiramisu Terrine - Daring Bakers February
Alright, here's the deal. I spent some time earlier this week prepping for this month's Daring Bakers challenge. Tiramisu, the long way. This one requires a lot of advanced steps and timing, and I thought that I was all over it. The brandy-spiked pastry cream and zabaglione were chilling, the mascarpone was straining, and the ladyfingers were cooling. All's right, right?
Last night, as I began assembling these prepared components into the main attraction, I realized that it had slipped my mind to bring home heavy whipping cream to round out the luscious tiramisu filling. I'm convinced that it was a Freudian slip, triggered by the fact that I had spent half of the day developing a recipe for Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie. Yesterday I consumed more than anyone's fair share of whipped cream before the work day was done. I'm pretty sure my subconscious, or my hardening arteries, were telling me to give the heavy cream a rest. Thus, with no cream on hand, I decided to wing it. Thickest mascarpone, silken pastry cream, and boozy zabaglione were whisked together. Delicate ladyfingers were soaked in extra-strong American coffee (whoopsie, also forgot the espresso). Individual ramekins were lined with plastic wrap and filled to the brim with alternating layers of the caffeine-laced cookies and spoonfuls of filling. I pressed firmly on the third and final layer of ladyfingers before dousing them with the remains of the filling, covered them, and left them to freeze.
Today, viola, it's Tiramisu Terrine for one. Without the addition of all of that extra whipped cream, the brandy and coffee flavors really sing, and even a faint hint of lemon shines through. After warming up for a few minutes, with a simple strawberry and balsamic vinegar salad on the side, this baby is cool, creamy, and fantastic.
Let's hear it for Freudian slips, y'all.
The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.