Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pumpkin Harvest Tiramisu

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Do you love Tiramisu?  Well, I do.  This is a version that I created through a lot of experimentation and  I love making it in the Fall months.  It is very delicious and will impress at a dinner party.  Can be made 2 days in advance, which is great when entertaining.  This actually gets better with age and my family request this every Thanksgiving.

Creamy Mixture:
6 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 container, mascarpone cheese, do not substitute
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 package Italian Lady Fingers
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. all spice

With a stand mixer, beat egg yolks with sugar until lighter in color, add mascarpone cheese and pumpkin continue to beat.  Add all spices until well incorporated.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Clean your mixing bowl and add egg whites, whip to soft/medium peaks form.  Add half of the egg whites to Cheese/Pumpkin mixture and fold in with a spatula.  Then add remaining amount of egg whites to Cheese/Pumpkin mixture and continue to fold gently as to not deflate this mixture.  

Soaking Liquid:
2 cups water
1 bag cinnamon or spice tea
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup (real)
1 tsp. cinnamon
one 1/2 piece of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice or all spice
1/4 cup rum
2 T. bourbon whiskey

Bring water to a boil and add all soaking ingredients except rum and whiskey.  Boil until reduced by 1/3 and slightly thicker.  Then add rum and whiskey.  You do not want to burn of alcohol.  You want that little kick in your tiramisu.

I use a 10x12 aluminium disposable pan but you can use a 9x13 with at least 2 inch sides.  You want to line the bottom of your dish with lady fingers, dipped in Soaking liquid.  Dunk lady fingers one by one, very quickly and let remaining liquid leach out of cookie.  Place on bottom of dish and line one level row.  Spoon half of the cheese/pumpkin mixture over soaked ladyfingers,  smooth out.  Grate some nutmeg on top of this layer with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.  Repeat by soaking more ladyfingers in soaking liquid, place on top of first layer of cheese/pumpkin mixture.  Add remaining cheese mixture on top of last row of lady fingers.  Smooth out and grate again nutmeg and sprinkle pumpkin spice.

I usually whip up some heavy cream with powder sugar, and pipe rosettes on top of my tiramisu for a festive look. Also,  if I am having a special dinner at home,  I will plate this dessert on a dessert plate that has sifted cinnamon on it and a drizzle of caramel sauce. 

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