Lift Me Up!

Spring is in full flower, and with it comes a blossoming sense of renewal. As we take in the glory of flora and fauna in all their youthful vigor, our thoughts turn to celebration. Menus showcase the bounty of the season: simply roasted lamb and veal, a salad of minty green peas and haricot verts, slender stalks of steamed asparagus, a bowl of ruby red strawberries tossed with balsamic vinegar. As the thought of these delightful dishes waft through our collective unconscious here at Pacific Merchants, they bring to mind a perfect dessert to accent spring entertaining: Tiramisu.
Tiramisu is an ethereal dessert composed of lady fingers, marscapone cheese, chocolate, and rum. Both delicate and complex, it literally means “lift me up” in Italian – and this recipe is guaranteed to do just that.! Tiramisu is not only a delightful foil for your delectable spring recipes, it is also easy to make in advance. All the better if you want to clock some serious nap time in your garden hammock, or better yet, engage in a little youthful vigor of your own! It’s also easy to prepare, and ideal to spring on friends.

Terrific Tiramisu
• 6 egg yolks
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 1 pound mascarpone cheese
• 1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
• 2 teaspoons dark rum
• 24 packaged ladyfingers
• 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish
In a large Mason Cash mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, (About 5 minutes with an electric mixer, longer by hand!). Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix thoroughly.
In a small Mason Cash pudding basin, add remaining espresso and rum. Roll each ladyfinger in espresso for 5 seconds only! Any longer will make the lady fingers dissolve into an unseemly mess. Place your tipsy ladyfingers on the bottom of a 11 1/2” x 8 1/2’” Mason Cash baker, breaking them up as needed to fit the bottom snugly.
Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture.
Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 8 hours.
Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Mason Cash mixing bowls are terrific for making tiramisu!

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