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November 19, 2007


Katie Reus

I'm a chocaholic and a coffeeholic so this is my all time favorite. It only gets made for special occassions b/c its so darn hard to make.

6 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
5 tablespoons brandy
1 1/2 pounds mascarpone cheese*
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup instant espresso powder
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
44 (about) crisp Italian ladyfinger cookies (from two 7-ounce packages)**
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Fill large bowl with ice water.
Whisk eggs and 1/3 cup sugar in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until thermometer registers 160°F, about 10 minutes.
Set custard over bowl of ice water and whisk until cool. Mix in brandy.
Whisk mascarpone in another large bowl to loosen. Fold in custard.
Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in medium saucepan. Add 1 cup sugar and espresso powder; whisk until sugar dissolves. Mix in cream. Refrigerate until cold.
Submerge 3 cookies in chilled espresso-cream mixture for 5 seconds. Place cookies on bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Working in batches, repeat with enough remaining cookies to just cover bottom of dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over cookies.
Repeat soaking process with remaining cookies, placing them in single layer atop mascarpone mixture.
Spread remaining mascarpone mixture over cookies. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
Whisk cocoa and powdered sugar in small bowl to blend. Sift sweetened cocoa over top of dessert. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
I recommend making one day ahead.


An easy, light and favorite one that I enjoy serving each year is my special apple cake.
Apple Cake
6 apples
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
4 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tsp. cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples and drop them in a bowl of water with a third of the lemon juice, then drain.
Beat the egg yokes with the sugar. Add the remaining lemon juice, then the flour, gradually, beating.
Pour half the cake mixture into a greased and floured 9" pan. Spread half the apple slices in a layer on top and pour the rest of the cake mixture over them. Arrange the rest of the apple slices in circles on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 1 hour.

Nancy Robards Thompson

Katie and Jenna, your recipes sound delicious! I can't wait to try them both! Thanks for posting and happy Thanksgiving.

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