I am a big fan of Christmas pudding, I could eat it any time - except right after a big Turkey dinner. A lighter, creamy alternative is Tiramisu, a dessert popular among the Italians. It is very quick and easy to make. You need:
- Two small tubs of Mascarpone cream
- One packet of dessert sponges
- 60 ml of Irish cream
- 20 ml of dark Rum
- Half a cup of strong black coffee
- One flake
- Start by taking a glass dessert bowl big enough to serve two. Open your pack of dessert sponges and split each one with a knife so they are half as thick.
- Over these, pour the half cup of coffee, very slowly so it soaks into the sponges. Put it in the fridge to cool.
- Take a mixing bowl and add the mascarpone cream and the spirits. Whisk it together using a fork, not a whisk. The fork works best as it mashes the cream into the spirits.
- Take out the bowl with the dessert sponges again. Carefully spoon the cream over the sponges and spread it out so the sponges are completely covered. Smooth it down with a palette knife or a spoon.
- Crumble a flake and sprinkle it over the top. Leave the Tiramisu in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
And enjoy! Buon Natale as the Italians say.