After a Christmas lunch that could immobilise an elephant, this is the dessert that attempts to put a skip back in your stride. Literally translated as ‘pick me up’, the heady mix of caffeine, sugar and even a cheeky glug of amaretto will, in contravention of the Newtonian laws of gravity, do just that.
Ingredients for 6
- Mascarpone – 200g/7oz
- Sugar – 150g/5.3oz
- Eggs – 2 (separate yolks from whites)
- Savoiardi biscuits – 25-30
- Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
- Instant coffee – 2 tbsp (even decaffeinated).
Dissolve the coffee in 200ml of lukewarm water. In a separate bowl mix mascarpone and sugar until smooth, then add one yolk at a time while working out with some forceful mixing.
In another bowl whip the egg whites until stiff (make sure that the bowl and whisk are completely clean and dry). Carefully fold the whites into the cream.
Crumble the biscuits into the coffee.
In a fairly deep dish, 20cm in diameter, make a layer of the coffee saturated biscuits, than add a layer of the cream. Sprinkle a dusting of cocoa powder over the top and then pop it in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.