Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Eclair or Tira-misu-clair??

Ok this is really simple...What's the first thing that catches your eye in a cake shop, probably after cheesecake?? Yup, you guessed it right, its either Tiramisu, or a Chocolate Eclair. Luckily for you and me, as I was watching Giada on her weekend getaway in Paris last night, I saw her eating a sumptous eclair, which led me to search for its recipe and I came across none but the best! Here's Tiramisu Eclair, as found in Southern Living Magazine, September 2003. It is like having the best of both the worlds as it combines the recipe for chocolate eclairs and tiramisu in the best possible way. Go ahead and indulge in the flavours of chocolate, lady fingers and mascarpone cheese!!

1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfingers, split
8 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon whipping cream

Stir together first 3 ingredients until sugar is dissolved; set aside 2 tablespoons mixture.

Brush cut sides of ladyfingers evenly with remaining coffee mixture.

Stir together mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and chocolate syrup until blended. Spoon or pipe mascarpone cheese mixture evenly onto 24 cut sides of ladyfinger halves; top with remaining ladyfinger halves, cut sides down.

Microwave chocolate morsels, butter and cream at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted, stirring twice. Place chocolate mixture in a small heavy-duty zip-top bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and drizzle over eclairs. Lest stand until firm.

Stir together reserved coffee mixture and remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, stirring until blended. Place coffee-powdered sugar mixture in small heavy duty zip-top bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Drizzle eclairs evenly with coffee-powdered sugar mixture.

Place on a serving platter and dazzle your guests with this rich and amazing Italian fusion dessert.

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