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Specially for Xmas: Tiramisu and caramel trifles

Classic summer dessert stunner

Picture: Supplied

It’s the festive season, and one of the best things about Christmas (if you can handle all the family dramas) are those delicious treats, liquid spoils and desserts associated with this family time.

And while there are some interesting vegan alternatives, baking with eggs adds a richness and luxe mouthfeel that just can’t be beat.

Whether it’s a vibey lunch with pals (Covid-19 protocols observed), traditional sit-down with family or a maybe braai on the back porch, any idea which sweet treats you’ll be serving? While custard is always a must, there are exciting new – as well as many revered – egg-based desserts you should consider this year.

Tiramisu and caramel trifles. Copy supplied

Add to the banquet of sweets and puds you’re considering a round of individual Tiramisu and Caramel Trifles, a traditional egg and coffee custard with sweet sponge biscuits, all served fabulously chilled, making it perfect for our hot South African December – and blissfully easy to prep-ahead.

This 1960s invention from the Veneto region of Italy is pure indulgence.

Now try: Decadent Basque burnt cheesecake

Recipe: Individual tiramisu and caramel trifles

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 – 40 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 6 – 12 hours
Total Time: 7 – 12 hours

· 3 whole eggs, at room temperature
· ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
· 250g mascarpone, room temperature
· 1 cup black coffee, preferably filter coffee hot and strong
· 2 tbsp. Frangelico or Kahlua, optional
· ¼ cup caramel condensed milk (Carmel Treat) optional
· 200g (24 – 30) sponge fingers, Boudoir biscuits
· Cocoa , for dusting

Picture: Jasmine Waheed on Unsplash

1. Start by making the coffee and caramel biscuits. Spread half the biscuits with the caramel and sandwich together with another biscuit. Mix coffee and liquor together. Quickly dip the sandwiched biscuits into the coffee and line the bottom of individual serving glasses, break in half if necessary to fit snugly into the glasses. Dust with cocoa powder.
2. Beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl over a pot of simmering water with an electric beater on high speed until it changes to a very light, pale yellow (almost white), and is thick and voluminous (called ribbon stage as it leaves a ribbon trail in the mixture). Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the mascarpone.
3. Add the vanilla and half the mascarpone, fold in until combined and smooth, and beat in the remaining mascarpone taking care not to deflate the mixture too much.
4. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits then top with another layer of coffee dipped biscuits and dust with cocoa powder, then spread with remaining cream.
5. Cover, refrigerate for at least 4 – 5 hours, preferably overnight.
6. Dust with cocoa powder just before serving or after placing onto serving plates.

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Decadent Basque burnt cheesecake!