Baked by Lizzie Heath from Little Kitchen Magicians for our Vegetarian Italian Potluck evening. The recipe was taken from 'The Food of the Mediterranean Book. Serves: Up to 10 people Suitable for Vegetarians
Ingredients: ' 5 eggs (separated) 170g caster sugar 300g mascarpone cheese (I used 'light') 250ml cold strong coffee 4 tbsp sweet marsala/brandy 36 small sponge fingers 80g dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa)
Method: 1. Beat the egg yolks with sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy and leaves a ribbon trail when dropped from the whisk. Then, add the mascarpone cheese and mix until smooth. 2. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Then fold the mascarpone mixture into it. 3. Pour the coffee & brandy into a shallow bowl. Dip half the biscuits to cover the base of a 25cm square dish into the coffee. The biscuits should be fairly well soaked but not too much otherwise they will break. Arrange the biscuits tightly along the base of the dish. 4. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the bisuits. Then add the rest of the soaked biscuits on top. Then add the rest of the mascarpone mixture on top. 5. Dust with grated dark chocolate. (Note: make a minimum of 5hrs before, but best made the night before).