Saturday, August 6, 2011

Back to Desserts



Nothing special, nothing new. Just a simple tiramisu recipe I've attempted 2 months ago. After weeks of absence from baking activities, I decided not to be too adventurous and stick to something simple. The mascarpone cheese is from the leftover from the last tiramisu, which I've stored in the freezer. I know it's not a good idea to freeze mascarpone cheese, but I had intended to keep it for 2-3 months, so I suppose it would be safer to keep it frozen. As expected, there was separation and the texture was grainy instead of smooth. After some googling, I decided to try to strain it with cheesecloth to get rid of the excess moisture. But the texture did not improve even after vigorous whisking. Thankfully, it looked better after mixing with the other ingredients and folding in the whipped cream.

I had planned to make this tiramisu for myself a couple of weeks later, but since I will be away then, I decided to make it this week. It's refreshing to be whipping up something in the kitchen again after the past few hectic weeks of thesis writing and job hunting. Even though I should be doing a final round of proof-reading of my long thesis, I can't resist the temptation to meddle with the cooking utensils. I should let this tiramisu be a reward/ celebration for my completion of thesis, getting a job, and turning one year older!