(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.
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