For this holiday season, Ridha and I decided to have Cinnamon as our Two Little Chefettes’ cooking challenge secret ingredient. It’s easy to find and somewhat feel very festivity. But there’s a little twist here. We usually gave freedom on choosing the dish we want to make. It can be savory, sweet, dessert, lunch, breakfast, snack, etc. But this time we want to keep focusing on the holiday theme, so we ask for anyone who wants to join our little challenge to submit something sweet. It can be cake or bread. Or maybe a pudding.. anything that is sweet.
I personally stands in the middle about cinnamon. I don’t particularly hate it, but I don’t really like it that much either. It have a really strong smell and taste that sometimes I feel like it overpower everything else in the dish. Or maybe I just ate bad stuff all this time? 😀 . Anyway, for this month entry I found a really interesting recipe of an apple tiramisu. I always want to try making a tiramisu but never really find the courage and the ladyfinger biscuit at the store. Seriously, I’ve been going back few times to the store and always come home empty-handed. But finally last week — with the help of my brother-in-law — we actually found it (at the same store but on the other side of the area) and so my first attempt of making a tiramisu began.
The end result is here…
What do you think? Not bad for a first timer, rite?
Anyway, the recipe is quite easy to follow and the ingredients also not that hard to find. It doesn’t involved baking, which is good. For the apple compote, this is actually my first time ever to try it and also to make it. So I’m not really sure if it’s actually right or not. But I’ve googled around to do some comparison and I think it’s close enough with what others make.
It actually tasted really good. I love the taste of the apple compote. It’s sweet but not overly sweet. The big chunky apple from the compote plus the biscuit gives a nice texture to the whole dessert as a whole. The cinnamon is there alright, but it still on the right balance. I love it.
Ingredients for apple compote:
- 1 cinnamon stick – break it into 3 part with same length (or 3 short one)
- 6 medium-sized apples – peeled and cut into wedges
- 1 vanilla pod – split and take the seeds
- 6 tablespoons muscavado sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
How to apple compote:
In a pot, pour in everything and cook it on a low heat until the apples become tender. Stir occasionally. Let it cool.
Ingredients for the Tiramisu:
- 250 g marscapone cheese
- 2 eggs – split between the egg whites and the yolks
- 4 tablespoons muscavado sugar
- 3 tablespoons of apple juice (you can also use Marsala wine/calvados/cognac)
- apple compote
- savoiardi biscuits / ladyfingers
- apple juice
- cinnamon powder
- Beat the yolks and the sugar together until smooth and a bit fluffy. Add 3 table-spoon of apple juice and the marscapone cheese. Mix well with a mixer (low-speed) until all well cooperated.
- Beat the egg whites until firm and pour it into the cheese batter prepared before. Mix it gently.
- Dip the biscuits into the apple juice, let the excess fluid out and arrange the cake as you wish. My way is by crushing the biscuit and let it be the base on of the cake. The I added the apple compote and finished it with the cheese mixture. Sprinkled some cinnamon powder on top and voila.
For around 6-7 glass portions
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This post is part of Two Little Chefettes’ Monthly Cooking Challenge.