It is my pleasure to bring to you the author and book that started this Holiday Romance and Recipe blog exchange!
Diana Rubino has written a lovely cookbook titled, Around the World in 80 Meals and although it is not a romance, there are a lot of sexy meals to be treasured, like this one for Tiramisu....
3 large eggs, separated
¾ cup sugar
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
½ cup heavy cream
2 cups espresso at room temperature
2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine
6 ounces savoiardi (crisp Italian ladyfingers)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Beat egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a large bowl until thickened and pale.
Beat in mascarpone until barely combined.
Beat whites with a pinch of salt in a separate bowl until they barely hold soft peaks.
Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar continuing to beat whites until they barely hold stiff peaks. Beat heavy cream in a separate bowl until it barely holds soft peaks.
Gently fold cream into mascarpone mixture until thoroughly mixed.
Fold in egg whites.
Stir espresso and Marsala wine together in a shallow bowl.
Dip 1 savoiardi into espresso mix and for a few seconds each side.
Place dipped savoiardi in a 2-quart glass baking dish.
Dip 8 more savoiardi and arrange in a snug layer in bottom of dish.
Spread half the mascarpone mixture evenly over dipped savoiardi.
Repeat process to make a second layer of dipped savoiardi and mascarpone.
Cover and chill 6 hours.
Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve.
mmmmm....who says desserts aren't romantic? Doesn't this just look like something you'd want to share with your significant other?
Imagine it....one serving...two spoons...feeding each other by candlelight....
Diana's book, Around the World in 80 Meals can be found at Amazon.
Around the World in 80 Meals: The Best of Cruise Ship Cuisine weaves gastronomic delights around an exotic seven-day dream fantasy cruise. Imagine waking up on a different ship in a new port of call every day, and treating your taste buds to a gourmet meal every evening, each carefully prepared by one of the best chefs afloat. This book highlights the most interesting menus and recipes of a diversity of cruise lines, from the luxurious Cunard Line, famed for its opulent ocean liners, to a small but highly exclusive line of yachts that offer the most personalized cruise experience. The reader can see daily snapshots of a week of luxury cruising. A chapter for each day briefly introduces each ship, explains where it is located, and gives information about each cruise line and its chefs. The main focus is on the dinner menu followed by recipes for recreating every delectable morsel in your own kitchen. Diana Rubino's passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. Her urban fantasy romance, FAKIN' IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband Chris. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano, cooks, and devours books of any genre. Visit Diana at www.dianarubino.com, https://www.facebook.com/DianaRubinoAuthor www.DianaRubinoAuthor.blogspot.com, and on Twitter @DianaLRubino.
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