Lemonade, Pizza, and Tiramisu

The theme for the party was “Make Your Own…(lemonade)….(pizza)”. And boy did we make our own bourbon spiked lemonade, in pretty mason jars….

Lemonade Bar
Lemonade Bar

….and rabbit shaped pizzas, courtesy of K!

RABBIT

This weekend, I hosted one of the most fun, and surprisingly family-friendly parties. The kids discovered the lemonade bar and fruit before the adults, and got rather creative with stretching their own pizza dough and toppings. I got a mini pizza courtesy of one (it was the size of a slightly over-sized dollar coin). Other pizzas that made an appearance were the rabbit, and the owl! And finally, pineapples made a Hawaiian!

The only thing that people weren’t making…. was dessert. And not because I didn’t get all the ingredients for a sweet dessert pizza, but because I totally wanted to make Tiramisu for about the second time in my life. And I made a few enhancements to the last recipe. And, it was phenomenal. I usually don’t eat more than a small serving of the desserts I make. But this one, I had 2.5 servings of. Things to note: this isn’t a 100% authentic, because I replaced the lady fingers with chocolate cake. But it’s a substitution worth making.

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Ingredients
Makes 12 individual servings in cups the size above

For the chocolate cake

1.5 c all purpose-flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c + 3 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 c cane sugar
1 c milk
1/2 c vegetable/canola oil
1/2 c water + 1 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp salt

For the mascarpone cream

~500g mascarpone cheese
2 c whipping cream
3 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c + 2 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 c Kahlua (up to 3/4 cup)

For the soaking syrup

4 tbsp Kahlua
4 tbsp water + 2 tbsp coffee

Cocoa powder for dusting

Directions
Step 1: Make the cake

  • Dust and grease a half-sheet baking pan. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Add the vinegar to the milk and let it sit for a few minutes, till the milk curdles
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa, all purpose flour, salt, cane sugar, baking soda
  • Add the vanilla, oil, brown sugar and water+coffee mix to the milk. Mix it
  • Mix the liquid and dry ingredients. Don’t overmix – whisking heavily will cause cracks
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick put through the cake comes out clean

Step 2: Make the Tiramisu cream

  • Whip the icing sugar with the heavy cream until stiff peaks form
  • In a separate bowl, whip the mascarpone cheese with the vanilla extract and Kahlua until stiff peaks form
  • Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mix

Step 3: Assemble the Tiramisu

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  • At this point, you need to decide what kind of bowl(s)/glasses/serving dishes you’re assembling the Tiramisu in. Basically speaking, you need to have two layers of cake with cream in the middle, and you need to cut the cake to fit the serving bowl you’re working with
  • Make the soaking syrup, mixing the Kahlua and the water with instant coffee
  • Put one layer of cake in your serving bowl/container
  • Brush the soakingsyrup generously over this layer
  • Spoon a layer of the mascarpone cheese mix over the cake. Use a fine sieve to dust some cocoa over the cream
  • Place the second layer of cake over the cake and brush it with the soaking syrup
  • Spoon a second layer of the mascarpone cheese mix over the cake. Use the sieve to dust cocoa over the cream
  • Chill for a few hours before serving

Quick tips: Clean the sides of your serving bowl with a damp paper towel after each layer to ensure your glass/bowl looks clean. This is probably the bit that took me the most time! Enjoy — I certainly did and I can’t wait to make this all over again!

 

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