tags: dessert, Joy of Cooking, Lady Fingers, Ladyfingers, New Years Eve, special occasion, Tiramisu
Let me just begin this post by telling you that you don’t have time to make this. Ain’t nobody got time to make this unless you are currently unemployed, on vacation, or are a stay-at-home-something with no kids. If you meet one of those criteria and for some reason haven’t made this yet, then I think some serious soul-searching needs to be going on inside the little birdhouse in your soul.
Also, before continuing please give yourself the pleasure of listening to my new favorite Christmas song. Yes, I know it’s over. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S DEAD.
For a while I’ve had the Joy of Cooking cookbook, but haven’t really used it that much. It kind of depresses me, but it’s just so much easier to open Pinterest or Allrecipes than it is to dig through actual cookbooks that in the end my laziness wins. Lately though, I have been experiencing a renewed vigor to conquer that cookbook. Erica has been allowing me to plan 2-3 meals a week using the Joy of Cooking, and things have been going splendidly The reason she limits my meals is that generally one of the meals I plan is 2-100 times more expensive than the ones that she plans, and since we are going to be homeless in about a month (I am transitioning from 6 years in the Navy to a civilian life; as of right now I have no job lined up.) she figures it’s probably best that we don’t blow our savings on Beef Wellington.
However, New Years Eve is a special occasion and since we don’t really have any money, there isn’t a budget, so it has to go on the credit card, so technically my budget is the limit of the credit card, right? If you just got dizzy grab a beer and try reading that last sentence again. In the words of the Man in Black to my good friend Vizzini, “Truly you have a dizzying intellect.” So in the spirit of THAT, I am going to make Tiramisu from scratch. Now, what most people mean when they say “from scratch” is that they didn’t buy it at the store. You buy the lady fingers, the mascarpone cheese, get the expresso from starbucks, etc. and then you assemble it at home. What I mean, because really I am batshit crazy, is that I am literally making the lady fingers from scratch. I am making the mascarpone cheese from scratch. I am going to make really strong coffee in my french press to soak the lady fingers in. I am going to make Erica really mad at the mess I make with this undertaking.
The entire tiramisu took me two complete days to make, but it could be completed in about 12 straight hours if you are batshit crazy. I am dividing this undertaking into three separate posts so as not to be so overwhelming.
The Lady’s Fingers
|Prep time||45 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour|
|From book||Joy Of Cooking|
- 6 Large Eggs
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 cup Sifted Cake Flour (Plus 2 tbsp,)
- 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- Confectioners's Sugar
Don’t you feel accomplished? Well, you shouldn’t. Stop patting yourself on the back – you haven’t even entered this nightmare yet. In part 2 you’re going to learn how to make some pretty amazing tasting mascarpone cheese, so don’t touch that dial!