Kind of macabre, but Baked Sunday Mornings is marking the Ides of March (the day Caesar was assassinated) with a blood orange tiramusu. I’m sure he would have loved it.
I wasn’t overly excited about this dessert – I’m not a big tiramisu fan in the first place. And then, once I made it… ugh, it was really not pretty. I left it in the refrigerator for a full 24 hours before I decided to finally try it.
It’s a pretty simple dessert to make, ladyfingers soaked in blood orange juice and Grand Mariner, with a couple of layers of mascarpone filling and cocoa powder. The mascarpone filling/topping is odd – instead of a traditional zabaglione, this dish uses uncooked egg yolks and whites mixed with mascarpone and sugar. No cream at all. Mine turned out very yellow, thanks to the super orange farm egg yolks I use.
The cocoa powder ended up looking like a crusty mess on the top of the filling after it sat in the fridge overnight. And I only used half the cocoa powder that was called for. But chocolate shavings made it look edible enough to take it to work.
I tried a little bite before I packed it up for my coworkers. And then I had another – I really liked it, surprisingly. It’s got a great texture, and the filling isn’t too sweet. The blood orange is refreshing. It was popular at work, even though I warned everyone that there were uncooked eggs in it. My colleagues like to live dangerously (either that or they figure I’m still alive so it must be fine).
For the recipe and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings bakers fared, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.
- Blood Orange Tiramisu (Baked Occasions, p. 74)