Monday, April 1, 2013

Limoncello Passion Fruit Tiramisu Style Dessert

Limoncello and Passionfruit come together for a dessert inspired by Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals.  This recipe doesn't claim to take 30 minutes, it will take more time.  No Joke! 
Passion fruit seems a bit easier to get a hold of in Britain than it is in my part of the states.  It seems to be a bit cheaper here as well. 
Gather your ingredients together:
3 oranges, juiced, and zested
1/2 c. caster sugar
6 passion fruits
3 gelatine sheets, prepared in warm water
250g marscapone, or make your own - instructions below
30g icing sugar
100ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
75ml limencello, or make your own - instructions below
100g sponge fingers (ladyfingers), or make your own - intructions below
Zest the oranges and set the zest aside.  Squeeze the juice of 1 of the oranges and add it to the measured out Limoncello, set aside covered.  Lightly whip the marscapone, milk, icing sugar and vanilla set aside.  Scoop the seeds, pulp and juice out of 3 of the passion fruits, press thru a sieve and add the juice of the other two oranges.  Dissolve the caster sugar into the juices.  Heat the lightly watered, softened gelatin sheets, add to the juices and pass through a sieve.  Layer the sponge fingers into an 8x8 Pyrex pan.  Evenly pour the orange/Limoncello mixture over the sponge fingers.  Next spread the cheese mixture over the sponge fingers.  Seal the edges with with the cheese mixture.  Pour the gelatine mixture over the cheese.  Scoop the remaining passion fruit over the top of the lot.  Set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 

Limoncello is an Italian liquer, but is also produced in France and Malta.  Sorrento, or Sfusato are the most common variety of lemons to use with grain alcohol.  The peels with, or without pithe are steeped in the alcohol, it is then added to simple syrup.  Used as an after meal tipple, in cocktails, or in desserts.

Passion fruit  
Indulge in the tropical fruit for a good source of beta carotene, potassium, fibre and vitamin C, also lycopene.  The fruit is widely used worldwide in juices, desserts, smoothies and cordials.  In Mexico they like to have some with chili powder and lime.  In Isreal is made into a wine called Sicar.

Garnish with shaved dark chocolate.

Of course, if you make your own cheese, sponge fingers and/or Limoncello, it will be fresher and even better!






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