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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pan D'oro Tiramisu

   Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian cakes for a very good reason.  Loosely translated tiramisu means "pick me up" which after one bite you would understand, especially if you are having a bad day.  Luscious sweetened mascarpone cheese surrounds savoiardi cookies (lady fingers) soaked in rich espresso coffee, sprinkled with shaved chocolate and dusted with decadent cocoa.  There are several recipes for tiramisu all with the same basic principal but with slightly different flavor variations.  Some people choose to add sweet wine such as marsala or other alcohol to the coffee for example.
    My variation does not include alcohol .  Instead, I replace the savoiardi with Pan D'oro.  The sweet bread or cake is another favorite amongst Italians, especially around Christmas time.  Similar to panettone  the pandoro is light and airy, sprinkled with icing sugar but without the addition of dried fruits.  Chances are, if you are Italian or have italian friends you may have one or more of these floating around your pantry during the holidays.
The pandoro produces a similar result to the savoiardi in texture.  In this recipe the I oven toast the pandoro to bring a slightly sweeter, nuttier taste to the cake.


1 Pan D'oro (with icing sugar packet-approx 1/4 cup)
1 500g tub of mascarpone (please use a good quality brand)
5 egg yolks
1 cup whipping cream (35%)
1 1/2 cups brewed espresso coffee (allow to cool)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (fresh vanilla bean may be used)
Dark or milk chocolate for shaving
Unsweetened cocoa for dusting
Begin by slicing pandoro into long strips about 1/2 inch thick. Place them on a tray and bake in a 350 f oven until golden brown.  Allow baked strips to cool and become hard.
Place egg yolks and icing sugar from pandoro packet in a bowl and whip until thick .  Next, add the mascarpone and whip for 2 minutes until well blended and creamy.
In another bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff then gently fold it into the bowl with the mascarpone mixture. The mixture is now ready for assembly. Spread a thin layer of the mixture on the bottom of a baking dish.
Add the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to the espresso and begin dipping pandoro strips. Place strips in the baking dish until the bottom is covered. Place another layer of mascarpone mixture evenly on top and sprinkle with shaved chocolate and cocoa. Repeat with another layer of coffee dipped pandoro strips, mascarpone mixture, chocolate shavings and cocoa.  Cover the tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight .
The vanilla and coffee infused pandoro soaks up the creaminess of the sweet mascarpone layers creating a decadent and luxurious cake.  This tiramisu will definitely "pick you up" on a bad day or any day.  Make this Christmas or any special occasion memorable with this wonderful treat.


DARaiente said...

YUM< YUM< YUM! LOVE Tiramisu!!! I can just taste it now! This may be my Christmas Eve 3rd desert that I make. Looks AWESOME DANNY!

claudia lamascolo said...

my favorite! yours looks awesome!

Foodessa said...

What is it they say about great minds? We seem to have the same sweet tooth this week ;o)
Love your idea to use Pan D'oro...especially since I get stuck with it after the holiday.
Great collages...very active!

Ciao for now and happy seasonal times in the kitchen,

Mary said...

Danny this looks incredibly delicious. It is one of my favorite desserts. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

velva said...

Danny, this looks fabulous! Just delightful;

Rowena... said...

I like how you've got that "fork" decoration but I've never thought of using pandoro this way. Great idea as at the moment we've got more than enough pandoro and panettone in our holiday stash!

Karen said...

I made Emeril's Tiramisu once and had every bowl and pan I own out on the counter. It was a *lot* of work. You make this look easy and it looks so delicious. I love the outline of the fork in the cocoa!

Diana's Cocina said...

This looks so delicious! What a perfect treat!

whozyerdanny said...

Thanks to all of you. I hope you have a safe and Happy Holidays and enjoy some Tiramisu.

Laurie Alves said...

Oh my Gosh!!! I am drooling* I have to make that soon! It looks to die for!


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