Thursday, September 27, 2012

Japanese Green Tea Tiramisu Recipe

The perfect fancy-pants dinner dessert
- dramatic looking but easy to do!

What you’ll need:
·       3 Egg yolks
·       1/3 cup white castor sugar
·       250gms Mascarpone cheese/unsalted cream cheese
·       1 cup heavy cream
·       1 tsp vanilla extract
·       1 tsp Cointreau, or any orange flavoured liqueur
·       1 tsp brewed Matcha green tea, cooled
·       3 Egg whites
·       Sponge cake strips or sponge fingers 
·      Matcha green tea powder (to garnish)
·      Mint sprigs or Oreos cut into quarters to decorate.
·      Lots of clean mixing bowls!

What to do:
Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl set over pan of simmering water, until the mixture is pale yellow.
Add the mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth and creamy.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream and add vanilla and orange liqueur.
In yet another bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
Fold the mascarpone mixture into the cream until blended.
Dip sponge fingers into the brewed Matcha, then layer them on the bottom of a serving dish.
Spread the creamy stuff on top, and repeat layers.
Refrigerate at least a couple of hours.
Cut into rectangles and dust each serving with powdered Matcha.
Decorate with mint or cookies.

* To brew perfect Matcha tea use about 1/2 tsp of powder to 250ml of hot water.
* For a more ‘traditional’ recipe, simply replace the green tea with sweetened coffee reduction, the Cointreu with Kahlua or Balieys and sprinkle with instant coffee before serving.



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