Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tiramisu recipe

Homemade Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert, usually made with lady fingers, mascarpone cheese, coffee and rum.  The lady fingers are soaked in a espresso syrup mixture, and topped with cocoa powder.  Tiramisu is definitely one of the most famous dessert in the world, and always decadent and delicious.  This particular recipe used Marsala wine and Brandy instead of rum.  I also used a little bit of coffee liqueur.  The coffee liqueur compliments the espresso, and also intensify the coffee flavors.

I give it a 8 out of 10.  
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Product Review: Trader Joe's Macarons

Trader Joe's new dessert, Macarons.  Macarons are a French dessert, and it literally means "paste".  There are total of 12 in one box, and 6 chocolate, and 6 vanilla macarons.  1 serving, which is 2 macarons, yields about 90 calories, which is not bad.  Personally, I actually like the vanilla macarons better, even though I am a serious chocoholic.  The cookies on the outside are crumbly and crispy, but quite light.  The filling inside is soft and creamy vanilla buttercream for the vanilla, and chocolate ganache for the chocolate macarons.  The chocolate ganache fillings are a bit chewy, which I expected it to be soft and creamy instead.  The macarons are not too sweet, and overall it is quite delightful.  

I give it a 6 out of 10.