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Tiramisu Four Ways

Having lived in Italy a few years ago, I developed a love for tiramisu. It’s a decadent dessert that is not as popular in the US as it was 15-20 years ago. I’ve developed a few different takes on tiramisu that you can make at home. It requires no baking, all you need is an electric mixer and great ingredients.  Below I’ll list a basic easy traditional tiramisu recipe. Then I’ll include what ingredients to change out and add for each style.  We’ve got Southern Style, Nutty Chocolate, Fresh Lemon, and Chai Spice.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-oz) container mascarpone cheese (1 scant cup)
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 2 cups very strong brewed coffee or brewed espresso, cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine
  • 18 savoiardi (crisp Italian ladyfingers, 6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup fine-quality bittersweet chocolate shavings (not unsweetened; made with a vegetable peeler) or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation:

Beat together yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Beat in mascarpone until just combined.

Beat whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold soft peaks. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar a little at a time, beating, then continue to beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds soft peaks. Fold cream into mascarpone mixture gently but thoroughly, then fold in whites.

Stir together coffee and Marsala in a shallow bowl. Dip 1 ladyfinger in coffee mixture, soaking it about 4 seconds on each side, and transfer to an 8-inch glass baking dish (2-quart capacity). Repeat with 8 more ladyfingers and arrange in bottom of dish, trimming as needed to fit snugly. Spread half of mascarpone mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Make another layer in same manner with remaining ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture. Chill tiramisu, covered, at least 6 hours.

Just before serving, sprinkle with chocolate.

For Southern Style: substitute half of the whipping cream with buttermilk. whip together according to recipe. Substitute bourbon for Marsala Wine.  I like to use a smooth bourbon like Makers Mark.

For Nutty Chocolate: Add cocoa powder to cream mixture according to taste. I would suggest at least 3 tblsp.  Substitute Frangelico or Amaretto and cream for Marsala Wine.  Sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts or almonds, depending on liquor used.

For Fresh Lemon: Add 1/2 the juice of a lemon to cream mixture. Substitute Limoncello (or lemonade) for Marsala Wine. Sprinkle with lemon zest and top each piece with fresh mint.

For Chai Spice: Add 1/2 tsp clove, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg to cream mixture. Substitute Chai Tea (highly concentrated) for Marsala Wine.  Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, top each piece with candied ginger.

Here are some independent stores in Louisville where you can find natural and local ingredients for whichever recipe you choose to create!  It’s hard to mask items when you’re not baking or cooking them so using local and natural ingredients in a dish like tiramisu really makes a difference.

J.D. Dotson Buttermilk, J.D. Dotson heavy cream – The Root Cellar, Rainbow Blossom, Valu Market

Organic Chai Tea – Just Creations, Rainbow Blossom

Ladyfingers – Lotsa Pasta

Organic Cream Cheese/ Mascarpone Cheese – Rainbow Blossom, Lotsa Pasta, Valu Market

Candied ginger – Rainbow Blossom

Fresh Mint – Farmer’s Markets, Rainbow Blossom

Limoncello, Frangelico, Amaretto – Old Town Liquors

Salvo Collective

July 1, marked the opening of a new era in Louisville design. Salvo Collective, located on Shelby Street in the East Market Galley District, combines high end style with Kentucky craft. Focusing on repurposed and recycled materials, the 15+ artists span across a variety of mediums from wood furniture, glass,  bicycle spoke lamps, and leather bags.  As one looks at the merchandise, it’s easy to see that each artist has a unique style but there is a common theme that ties it all together. I wanted to buy one of everything and take it home!  My favorite items were the bicycle spoke lamps, limestone washboard sink, and the leather owl clutch bag.  Prices vary from more expensive (furniture) to more affordable (ceramics, jewelry, stationary). There is something for everyone though, so make sure to check them out at the next gallery hop downtown or during their hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11-3, Friday & Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-4. Follow their facebook page for updates on new products, events, and more!

Learn more

Some photos courtesy of Salvo Collective

Free Monthly Giveaway – Blue Mason Jar

Welcome to my first blog giveaway!  This month’s item is a blue mason jar soap dispenser.  Made with a vintage blue mason jar, this is a cute accessory for any bathroom or kitchen.

Here’s how you can enter the drawing to win! (you just need to do one of these things)

1. Follow me on Twitter @fly_away_fox and include me in a tweet

2. Subscribe to this blog and comment on this post

If you get drawn to win,  you’ll receive and email or twitter message from me! Drawing will be held the beginning of August.

Summer Brewfest

Summer and beer go hand in hand. What better way to enjoy an ice cold brew than in one of these vintage beer steins? (Top beer stein has 1970s style etched woodland scene with metal lid. Bottom amber glasses have engraved American historical images such as the Liberty Bell, Mayflower, Paul Revere, etc.)

Here are some of my favorite beer places in the Louisville area – New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse and the Louisville Beer Store,

 

 

Preston Highway

I’m going to start doing ‘Shop Local Friday’ posts about great vintage and design stores in and around Louisville.  My pick for this post is a string of shops on Preston Highway near Audubon Parkway. My sister and I went exploring a few days ago and came out with some great finds. Our first stop was Woodstock Shop, a cool catch all kind of place run by a young couple. They’ve only been open since November 2010 and have done quite a good job of finding some great unique vintage items. I picked up a pair of 1970s drinking glasses from an old steak house!  My husband and I are really into typography so these will work perfect in our home. They have words like Strip Steak, French Fries, Idaho Potatoe, Ribeye.

Other stores in the strip include Dress Up Consignment, Riverhorse Designs, Junk in the Trunk and Seek and Fine. Junk in the Trunk was a huge success. They have lots of vintage colored glass and kitchenware like Fireking and Federal Milk Glass. I picked up some owl salt and pepper shakers for my shop and as gifts for friends.

Seek and Find was also a lot of fun. If you’re looking for Pyrex sets, that is where I would go. They have lots of mixing bowl sets. I saw at least four sets. I can’t remember exactly what sets they have but here are a few of my favorite Pyrex patterns.  Left to Right: Friendship, Butterprint, Rainbow Stripes.

 

Pyrex Love

One of my favorite things to do is get on Etsy and search for all of the vintage pyrex they have for sale. I love the different designs and colors! I recently discovered a new website all about pyrex! Pyrex Love

This website lists all of the different kinds of pyrex, answers questions about cleaning and care, and gives you a history of pyrex too! It is a pyrex wonderland!

Here are some of my pyrex pieces that I love.

Designs casserole dish, Old Orchard refrigerator dishes, Woodland mixing bowls

Antiquated Cocktails

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than by being outside! With all of this sunshine and heat you’ll need something to cool you off. My new obsession is antiquated cocktails! I love the feeling of sitting at home enjoying a Gin Fizz on my front porch. Check out these cute items perfect for being classy at home!

I found this cocktail shaker for less than $10 at a Peddlers Mall. It features fun old fashioned cocktail recipes on it.

These 1970s style wildlife decanters are great for holding your favorite liquor!

Here are some drink recipes that I enjoy. All made with gin of course!

Gin Fizz: 2 oz. good Gin (I recommend Bombay Sapphire), 1 oz. Lemon Juice and 1 tsp powedered sugar, Club Soda. Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into an ice filled highball glass and fill with club soda. Add a slice of lemon for garnish!

Singapore Sling: 1 oz. Benedictine, 1 oz. Cherry Brandy, 1 oz. Gin, 4 oz. Club Soda. In a mixing glass half filled with ice cubes, combine gin, benedictine, and cherry brandy. Stir well. Strain in a ‘collins’ glass almost filled with ice. Top with club soda and stir well. Top with colorful drink umbrella!

Tom Collins: 2 oz. Gin (again I recommend Bombay Sapphire), 1 oz. Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Superfine Sugar, Club Soda. Shake first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a ‘collins’ glass almost filled with ice. Add club soda. Stir and garnish with cherry and slice of orange.

 

Orchard Dreams

With the warmth of Spring and Summer on the horizon, I’ve been getting the itch to spend more time outdoors. One place I’ve always wanted to visit is Hubers, an apple orchard and winery in Southern Indiana. I also keep finding apple-themed items everywhere I go! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you. In order of photos we have: Handmade Rag Wreath, Vintage tin and wood cheese tray, Vintage Tin Canister, Handmade coasters, Vintage Apple Bakers, Vintage Apple Bakers Original 70s box, Vintage Embroidery. All of these items will be for sale at the Buy Local First Fair on May 22 and then online at my Etsy Shop which will open in June!