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Nick Stellino’s “Tiramisu Celestiale” Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Nick Stellino
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Serves: 8
“Tiramisu Celestiale” is Italian for “Heavenly Tiramisu.” The host of Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen on KCTS-TV in Seattle has prepared this Tiramisu for Oprah Winfrey to serve at one of her Book Club dinners. Serves 8 to 10.
  • ESPRESSO OR STRONG COFFEE, 2 1/2 cups cooled
  • COFFEE LIQUEUR, 1-1/2 cups
  • LADYFINGERS, 2 (17.6-ounce) packages (72 cookies)
  • EGGS, 9 separated
  • SUGAR. 1-3/4 cups
  • VANILLA, 1-1/2 tsp
  • MASCARPONE CHEESE, 1-1/2 lbs
  • SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE MORSELS, 1 cup (8 ounces) finely chopped
  1. Mix the coffee and liqueur in a large bowl.
  2. Dip in the ladyfingers in batches. Don’t leave them in for too long; you want them to be moist on the outside but crunchy on the inside.
  3. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar until the mixture is thick enough to form a long ribbon when you lift the beaters.*
  4. Add the vanilla and mascarpone, and beat for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Beat the egg whites, adding the remaining sugar a little at a time, until they form stiff peaks and have a glossy sheen, about 4 minutes.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture until it is all the same color.
  7. Gently fold in the chocolate.
  8. In a 9xl7-inch glass baking dish, assemble the dessert: Layer the bottom of the pan with the moist ladyfingers, and top with a layer of the mascarpone mixture.
  9. Repeat with another layer of ladyfingers and a layer of the mascarpone mixture
  10. With a flour sifter, sprinkle a thin layer of sweet cocoa powder over the top.
  11. Refrigerate the Tiramisu,for at least 5 hours, or preferably overnight.
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  13. * (If you are concerned about using raw eggs, once you have beaten the yolks, cook them in the top portion of a double boiler over high heat, whisking constantly, until they reach the thickness of a custard, 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them, or you’ll end up with sweet scrambled eggs. Proceed with the recipe once they’re cooked.)[/i]


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