The last time I made Tiramisu was about 20 years ago. So, you can imagine the puzzled look on my kids' face when I called out, "Who wants to help make Tiramisu for our Valentine dinner dessert??" They wouldn't admit it, but even as they roll their eyes, they delight in the idea of what crazy food mom might be whipping up in the kitchen tonight! Ethan rolled up his sleeves to help out while Elsie decided to make her own Valentine creation.
The 10-year-old toasting almonds resulted in some pretty, well, toasted, nuts -- but they worked. The mascarpone cheese availability was nonexistent in our teeny-tiny town, so we improvised with a very similar substitution of cream cheese, sour cream and whipping cream. I love substitutions in general. Sometimes you end up with something far better than the original product. Plus, there's nothing better than the feeling of resourcefulness!! Sometimes when I finish making a recipe, I look back through and am surprised to find I have used virtually nothing that the recipe actually called for. Those of you who cook the same way know the obvious downfall of this method--you will never recreate the same amazing dish twice!
Arranging lady fingers would have been a great project for any age. Who doesn't like lining things up? Sprinkling the cocoa powder was another bit of fun--which ultimately led to some vacuuming. But, I think nearly everything leads to vacuuming it seems.
So, now the wait. Tiramisu needs to sit, and get happy. And, we're hoping in about a day, we're going to sit, with it, and get happy.
Meanwhile, Elsie was constructing some Valentine joy for her classmates. This cake recipe has been enjoyed by our family for many years and it's always a hit! The cake is black devils food cake with a very light egg white frosting. Elsie decided the frosting should be pink for the occasion. There is truly no "whippier" frosting than this one. I am eager to hear how cutting this beauty into 24 pieces went! There's not much messier than this frosting either!