Tiramisu

So this post is a little late. I made this while I was still at home during winter vacation. But I’ve been a little busy. This past weekend I was in NYC to audition for Colorado Ballet. Its that time of year. College, summer and Professional Company auditions… Unfortunately i didn’t end up auditioning this weekend. I came down with the flu which was absolutely no fun at all. I had basically every symptom that goes along with the flu, Chills, body and head aches, a stomach ache, a high fever, and somehow i also contracted a nasty cough which has taken my voice away. Basically this past week and weekend were the best…not.

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Since I cant talk I decided I’d write. Ive been doing that a lot lately actually. I sat down yesterday and wrote a 4 page letter. Sometimes its just so cleansing to write. Especially if you’re writing about whats been happening in your life. If you need help finding perspective on something you’ve done I find it especially useful.

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I made Tiramisu for my friends birthday. She turned 18 and told me to surprise her. I know she likes coffee and so i thought it was a fitting desert and a little more fun than your average birthday cake. I had enough ingredients to make two of them which was actually convenient because my boyfriends birthday was a week later so I made one for him too and just gave it to him early.

My Friends birthday "party"

My Friends birthday “party”

This may sound bad but when I bake for other people I usually don’t use healthy ingredients. Most people don’t like to eat healthy things anyways because they think they taste bad and to be honest some things are really hard to make healthy. Most deserts are french derived and the french cooking is so based in butter and cream and rich ingredients that it makes it hard to substitute for them and still have an equally as good outcome.

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Recipe from http://detailsjuliette.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/tiramisu/

(Btw her pictures are beautiful)

Ingredients: (Makes 8 small servings)

  • 6 Eggs
  • 400 g Savoiardi (ladyfingers) *I couldn’t find any but I used tea cookies and I’ve heard Milanos work quite well.
  • 500 gr Mascarpone (or a light cream cheese if you want to make it light)
  • 120 gr granulated Sugar
  • Coffee (espresso, just enough to soak the ladyfingers in)
  • Chocolate flakes (to decorate)
  • Cocoa powder (to decorate)
  • pinch of Salt

Directions:

Brew the coffee and set aside to cool down.

Separate egg whites and yolks and beat the yolks together with half of the sugar.

In another bowl start working the mascarpone with a mixer and slowly add the egg mixture.

In a third bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff, then add the other half of the sugar.

Add the egg whites to the mascarpone and egg yolks mixture slowly with a spatula or a whisk to keep it light and fluffy.

Break the ladyfingers in the length that will fit in the glass (or any container you will use). Soak the ladyfingers very briefly in the cold coffee.

It’s time to assemble. Put a first row of ladyfingers in the glass, cover them with cream, sieve a layer of cocoa powder on it, put a second layer of ladyfingers, cover with cream and dust with cocoa powder. Add some chocolate sprinkles (or temper some chocolate and make your own shapes to decorate if you like).

Put in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Serve cold.

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Less Guilt Blueberry Muffins

Im home again! Its been so wonderful just lazing around. Right before I came home we had our winter performance at Kirov. (New ballet pictures will be posted to the Ballerinaing page of my blog). And once I return I will have to kick myself in gear to audition for companies and colleges. But for now I’m enjoying relaxing and spending time with friends.

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My mother actually found this recipe but I had been looking for a good healthy blueberry muffin recipe for some time. These came out incredibly fluffy and delicious. I definitely recommend them.

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My favorite food (aside from whipped cream) is a good ole blueberry muffin. Unfortunately even though muffins are categorized as a breakfast food and sounds fairly healthy, the majority of blueberry muffins sold are packed with white flour and tons of sugar. NOT THESE!!!!  Although they do have a little bit of sugar in them they are made with 100% whole wheat flour they also have yogurt instead of butter and milk which reduces the fat a lot!

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Recipe adapted from Vital choice

Ingredients:

12 1/2 oz whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup turbinado (raw) sugar
1/2 cup canola or safflower oil
1 egg
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen wild organic blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 380 F

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Keep aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, egg and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients . Stir mixture by hand, well, but do not over mix. Add wild blueberries to mixture and stir briefly.

Fill a muffin sheet with muffin wrappers. Spoon your dough into each wrapper so that it fills up about 2/3 of the hole.

Place into the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees.

Bake for and 25 mins. Remove from oven and let cool completely.