- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup Kahlua, brandy, or other liqueur
- 4 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup tiny chocolate bits and/or 1/2 cup diced, glazed orange peel
- 3 cups boiling water
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon fine-quality cocoa powder
- 2 (7 ounce) packages Champagne biscuits
- 1/2 cup grated bittersweet chocolate
- Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, but do not allow it to touch the water. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat for approximately 7 minutes or until mixture has tripled in volume and a candy thermometer inserted into it reads 160 degrees F. Remove bowl from pan.
- Beating constantly, add liqueur 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating for about 5 minutes or until mixture is cool.
- When cool, beat in mascarpone until well blended. If using, stir in chocolate bits and/or fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until well chilled.
- Combine water, brown sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa in a medium bowl. Stir until espresso powder and cocoa dissolve.
- One at a time, completely dip biscuits into the espresso mixture, then put them in the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish to completely cover the bottom. If necessary, cut biscuits to fit.
- Evenly spread one third of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits. Continue dipping and layering, making 2 additional layers of biscuit and mascarpone, ending with a cheese layer.
- Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle grated chocolate over the top.
- Cut into squares and serve cold.
Posted by artsycook at Recipe Goldmine - May 4, 2001.