This recipe came from one of my mother's dear friends. I have adapted it slightly to suit my tastes as I love a lot of creamy mascarpone. The alcohol is also omitted here to make it suitable for everyone in the party to enjoy! Greg joined the Marylebone High Street branch of Divertimenti in the summer of 2010. Here he demonstrates his recipe for Tiramisu, always a favourite at staff parties.
2 cups strong black coffee
½ cup milk
30 sponge fingers (the Italian “Savoiardi” are my favourite)
9 eggs, separated
315g (26 tablespoons) caster sugar
Bitter cocoa powder
1. Open the mascarpone and put it in to a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with a whisk and gradually add the sugar, until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy. Stir this egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone.
2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold it into the mascarpone and egg yolk mixture. Mix it all together with a spoon and finish the preparation with a whisk.
3. Put the coffee and milk into a shallow bowl, dip the sponge fingers into the coffee mixture and arrange them in a large serving dish in one layer.
4. Spoon some of the mascarpone mixture over the sponge fingers, covering them completely. Repeat the operation for at least one more layer or more until the sponge fingers and mascarpone mixture are finished. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and sprinkle with the chocolate before serving.