Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Shy Less than Perfect

In a perfect world I would not rush and forget and drop balls.

In a perfect world my hair would not curl in humidity.

In a perfect world my oven would stop burning things.

In a perfect world my electric bill would not be $138

and, in a perfect world this is the dessert I would have brought last night...if it wasn't for the rushing and the forgetting and the burning and the hair and the meltdown about the $138 bill for 450 square feet apartment (for god's sake, I know I put off good energy in here but $138 worth? Seriously?). In a perfect world I would not have had to run to the bakery and you would have devoured this perfect dessert. But instead you got Nutella Brownies and they were freshly baked, just not by me and you still loved them.

That's the great thing about friends--they love you even when you are not perfect and they understand when you have crazy hair and rants and are late and show up without the dessert you were going to bring. We may not live in a perfect world and I may not be a perfect gal but at the end of the day when you are surrounded by good people, good conversation and good tunes, a shy less than perfect is okay by me. It is actually, well, perfect!

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

6 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum
24 packaged ladyfingers
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined. In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit the bottom. Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture. Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours. Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
Happy Thursday.
xoxo, not so perfect gal

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