Wednesday, October 2, 2013


4 egg yolks
1/3 cup (64g) caster sugar
1/4 cup milk
250g mascarpone
250g packet savoiardi or sponge fingers
1 1/2 cups cold coffee
1tbsp cocoa

Beat egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until light and creamy.  Add milk and beat until combined.
Place bowl over a pan of simmering water.  Stir over heat until thickened; allow to cool.
Add mascarpone to mixture; stir until combined.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into mixture.
Dip savoiardi biscuits quickly into coffee - they should be moist but not soggy.  Place a quarter of the biscuits over base of a 1.5L serving dish or a paper-lined loaf pan.  Spread with one-third of the mascarpone mixture.  Repeat layering with remaining biscuits and mascarpone.
Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.  Sift cocoa over top to serve.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dark Chocolate Pudding

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a medium sized saucepan.
Slowly whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, and milk. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until bubbling. Stir in the semi-sweet (or bittersweet) chocolate and unsweetened chocolate.
Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Be sure to scrape the sides and the bottoms of the pot as you whisk. As the pudding cooks, it will gradually darken and thicken.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook while gently stirring with a wooden spoon. After 1 – 2 minutes, the pudding should thickly coat the spoon. Stir in the butter, vanilla, and orange oil.
Transfer pudding to 6 small bowls or jars. Cover the surface with plastic wrap as it cools if you do not wish for a skin to form on the top of the pudding. Cool for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then transfer to the refrigerator for about an hour, or up to 2 days.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.