And here we are, we’ve come to the last and sweet part of our menu, the dessert, the end of our midsummer night’s dinner. Thank you for following me till the very end, but remember that you still have time to organize a dinner with friends, summer is still long!
I now leave London to move to Stuttgart, to visit my sister, she’s eventually arrived at the end of her Erasmus semester. I’ll stay a few days, sightseeing around Stuttgart and the Black Forest, then I’ll be back home, leaving Claudia to her last week of Erasmus. On her return, I’ll be ready to welcome her home with a fanfare and an endless array of good things to eat! These six months have flown by, it seems only yesterday that I left her, crying like a silly girl at the Stuttgart airport!
But now let’s talk about the sweet things in life!
Everyone loves tiramisu, maybe because of its creamy texture, or maybe for its reassuring character. This is a version made with vinsanto, the sweet wine that closes many lunches and dinners in Tuscany. as I have already told you, this is enough for 15 people, a crowded dinner with friends!
Mascarpone cream with vinsanto
- 5 eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 8 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 kg of mascarpone cheese
- 250 ml of vinsanto
- unsweetened cocoa powder to serve
- Beat the egg yolks and the sugar with the electric mixer until they become white and fluffy and when you rub the cream between your fingers you no longer feel the grains of sugar.
- Add the mascarpone cheese and pour in the vinsanto, then whip vigorously, until you get a smooth cream.
- Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gently fold them into the mascarpone cream.
- Spoon the mascarpone cream into individual bowls and refrigerate. Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.
- It can be served with biscuits, ladyfingers or cantuccini with dried figs.
I baked cantuccini with dried figs and cantuccini made with chestnut flour, candied orange and chocolate chips to serve with the mascarpone cream. I wrote down the ingredient list on a small piece of paper, and of course I lost it. But they were good and very nice to see, so I’ll show you as they were supposed to be… you might get inspired and experiment this flavour match in another recipe!