Monday, May 17, 2010

My Niece's Birthday

     Last Tuesday, our family celebrated my niece's 17th birthday.  It was a special moment for all of us.  Looking back in time, I remember when I first met her.  She was just a little two years old girl with curly black hair, and with a beautiful smile (some things never change.)   I can picture her at my mother's in law pool, running behind her brother.  But that was then, and this is now.  She is all grown up.  Her hair, still black.  It's not curly anymore, miracles of today's technology, but she still is our Samantha.  Her enthusiasm keeps us alive, her smile melts worries away, and her liveliness is invigorating to all of us.  What else can you ask for?  Samantha is a blessing to have you as my niece.   Here she is with her brother and her cousins who also celebrated this special day with her.
  
      A few days ago, just before her birthday, she made me extremely happy.  When everybody wants to celebrate their parties with a fancy cake, Samantha asked me to turn her favorite dessert into a cake for her birthday.  She loves my tiramisú.  She would not eat it anywhere else.  And I, proudly made her  birthday cake a tiramisú cake.  Needless to say that it was all gone by the end of the meal.
     From my little corner, I would like to wish, my Samantha, a very, happy, unforgettable birthday.  After all, you only turn 17 once.
     Today, as a tribute to her, I am going to give all of you my recipe for tiramisú.

Tiramisu
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 packages of mascarpone cheese (750 grams, or 3 1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of powder sugar
  • 1 package of lady fingers
  • 1/2 cup of liquor (I like Fangelico)
  • 3/4 cup of espresso coffee 
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened powder chocolate 
      First of all, whip the heavy cream with the sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the mascarpone cheese and mix together.
       In a bowl, combine the liquor with the coffee.  This is used to dip the lady fingers in.
      Take a square pyrex, and start by spreading some of the mascarpone mixture.  Then dip the ladyfingers in the coffee-liquor on both sides, and arrange them, one after the other tightly.  Cover this with some of the mascarpone mixture again, and once more dip the lady fingers in the coffee and set them on top.  Cover again completely with the mascarpone.  And finally, pour the chocolate in a colander and sprinkle over the top to cover completely.
      Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving it.  Qué aproveche!
 

25 comments:

Alisa said...

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Gabriel said...

Such a great recipe to bring back memories of your niece, i love this cake, one of my fave.
It really brings back the memories on us to have some home made food on such special days.

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Guille said...

I was there and enjoyed both the party and the fabulous dessert!
Thanks Naty.

Paco Penas said...

Algunos amigos estamos deseando que vuelvas a Tenerife para disfrutar de tu pasión por la cocina, jajaja
Saludos desde el sur de tu isla para esa familia y también muchos besitos de Iria.

Megan said...

I really liked it,great recipes YUM YUM and What a wonderful birthday cake its Such a great recipe.thanx

Kara said...

love this cake, one of my fav, It really brings back the memories on us to have some home made food on such special days. thanx for the picture.

Samantha said...

Wow, great recipes YUM YUM. I would like to add it to my blog, thanx for the post.

Michelle said...

Wow, great recipes YUM YUM and What a wonderful birthday cake its Such a great recipe. thanx for the share.

Kristen said...

Hmm, I was there and enjoyed both the party and the fabulous dessert!
Thanks Naty for the recipe.

Victoria said...

Well, I really enjoyed both the party and the fabulous dessert, thanx for the share.

Diane said...

Wow, What a wonderful birthday cake its Such a great recipe.thanx for sharing.

Lynn said...

I like surprises too, I wish my dad will bake a cake for me and wake me up on birthday bed.

Jane said...

Wow! This is such a delicious birthday cake. I'd love to make this cake at home.

Katie said...

I would love to make surprises to my love ones too. It feels over whelming. I love the cake. Thanks for the post! I enjoyed reading it and I'll keep visiting here.

Naty said...

Thank you all for your beautiful and encouraging comments. Your opinions bring joy to me. Thanks.

kayla said...

Great recipe thanks! I make mine with Godiva chocolate liqueur versus the coffee flavor. Wonderful!

Jillian said...

I love tiramisu. If it is on a menu, I like to try it, and have made it several times. I was wondering how you make yours. What makes your recipe the best?

Jean said...

Well, It really brings back the memories on us to have some home made food on such special days. thanx for the picture, keep it up.

Christy said...

These were a total hit at my niece's first birthday. I used a whipped cream cream cheese froasting that complemented them perfectly. They had a perfect honey flavor! Yum!

Jennifer said...

Great recipes YUM YUM and What a wonderful birthday cake its Such a great recipe.thanx for the post.

Brittany said...

I made this a few days ago and it was wonderful! I used a recipe for ladyfingers on here, and used strong coffee instead of liquer

Becky said...

It is looking so delicious! Thanks for the share!

Sadie said...

It really brings back the memories on us to have some home made food on such special days. thanx for the picture.

Allison Clark said...

Tiramisu has never been good. I always try another flavor from time to time. I'll surely try yours. Thanks for sharing.

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