She types ‘goodbye’ on the keyboard. The word, its meaning so resolute, looks ambiguous on her screen. She’s written that word before – not once, not twice, but by her tally, there’s been six of these goodbyes over the years. She’s weary of it. Like a smoker saying ‘I quit’ yet again, she wonders if this time it will stick.
She grabs a few lemons from the basket on the counter. What she needs now is a distraction, a recipe to cure.
This recipe was adapted from Lidia Bastianich’s Tiramisu Al Limoncello.
A refreshingly tart tiramisu studded with fresh raspberries makes an elegant finish to an Italian dinner.
- 3 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons lemon zest
- 6 Tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar, divided
- ¾ cup limoncello liqueur, divided
- ½ cup water
- 8 oz. mascarpone, room temperature
- 24 Italian savioardi (lady’s fingers), or more if needed
- Fresh raspberries
- Make zabaglione: Separate the eggs and place the yolks in the top of a double-boiler. Add 2 Tablespoons sugar and ¼ cup limoncello. Simmer water in bottom of double-boiler while whisking yolk mixture constantly for about 8 minutes or until it thickens enough to form a ribbon on the top of the zabaglione. Remove top pan from double boiler and cool.
- Make soaking syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 teaspoon lemon zest, all the lemon juice, ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup limoncello, and water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes to evaporate the alcohol. Set syrup aside.
- Make mascarpone layer: In a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and remaining lemon zest until light and fluffy.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip egg whites, adding remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar slowly until whites hold moderately stiff peaks.
- Fold cooled zabaglione into mascarpone in 3 additions, keeping as much air in the zabaglione as possible. Similarly, add the egg whites in 3 additions, keeping as much air in the whites as possible.
- Assemble: Pour the cooled soaking syrup in a shallow pan. Briefly roll the savioardi in the syrup and place in the bottom of an 8×8” square pan. Arrange ladyfingers in tight rows, filling the bottom of the pan completely. You may need to trim the ladyfingers to fit. You should be able to fit about 12 cookies in the bottom of the pan.
- Scoop half the mascarpone cream onto the ladyfingers and smooth. Dip and arrange a second layer of ladyfingers on top of the mascarpone cream and cover with another layer of mascarpone cream.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to two days to allow flavors to meld and tiramisu to firm up. Decorate with fresh raspberries and serve.