What’s the best thing about summer? The fruit. It’s the season where melons and stone fruit come out, avocados are ripe and berries thrive! Berries in particular are one of my favourite fruits and I can’t resist all the beautiful desserts, breakfasts and afternoon snacks they provide. Often linked to the word ‘super food’ berries are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin C. The health benefits are many, including better cardiovascular health, improved blood pressure and improved cholesterol. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that berries also improve neuronal and cognitive brain functions, no wonder nutritionists recommend blueberries for a snack for students studying for exams!
As it is now summer and Christmas is upon us I’ve altered a traditional Tiramisu recipe made with summer berries turning this traditional dessert into something light and summery, minus the coffee. I would like to thank Sharon and Allen from the Clyde River Berry Farm 3 hours drive south of Sydney, for allowing me to pick fresh berries and photograph my experince. I will be making this for the family to enjoy on Christmas Day; you can see my trial run of this recipe in the images below. Enjoy.
Summer Berry Tiramisu
1 pkt Saviordi Biscuits
1 punnet Strawberries
1 punnet Raspberries
1 punnet Blackberries
(or substitute with frozen mixed berries)
4 Eggs separated
100g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
70% dark bitter chocolate (for grating over the top)
1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until pale, add 50ml Marsala and whisk until tripled in volume and mixture holds a ribbon (8-10 minutes). Cool, and then fold through mascarpone.
2. In a separate bowl whisk eggwhites until soft peaks form, then gently fold through mascarpone mixture.
3. Dip Savoiardi in Masala and place in the base of a serving dish roughly 30cm x 20cm, cover with mixed berries and pour any remaining Masala over the top.
4. Top with a layer of the mascarpone mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Shave chocolate over the top before serving.
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