Princess Diana's Favorite Fancy Dessert: Romantic Tiramisu Hearts
The late Princess Diana embodied style in everything she did. Here is the dessert that she loved the most. Our guess is that you and your special someone will enjoy it, too.
Recipe adapted from Entertaining with Style by Paul Burrell
- 8 oz. piece chocolate marble cake
- 4 tsp. cold, strong black coffee
- 5 Tbs. brandy
- 8 oz. mascarpone* or medium-fat soft cheese
- 1 1/3 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 tsp. confectioners sugar, sifted
- 1 ripe, small mango
- 3 tsp. cocoa powder
- white chocolate shavings & raspberries or other berries for garnish
*Note: Possible substitutions for mascarpone cheese include ricotta cheese, whipped; or 8 oz. softened cream cheese blended with 1/4 cup heavy cream.
Heart-shaped cookie cutters
Here's an assortment of heart-shaped cookie cutters to make the tiramisu hearts fancy dessert, or any other Valentine's Day baked desserts.
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap so that it overhangs the sides.
- Thinly slice the marble cake and lay the slices side by side to cover the base of the baking pan.
- Mix the coffee with 2 1/2 Tbs. of the brandy and sprinkle evenly all over the cake.
- In a mixing bowl combine together the mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
- Meanwhile, peel the mango and remove the flesh from the pit. Place the flesh in a food processor along with the remaining brandy. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Remove the cheese-covered cake from the refrigerator and carefully lift it out of the pan. Discard the plastic wrap.
- Using a 3- to 3 7/8-inch heart-shaped pastry cutter, cut out 4 hearts.
- Now using a palette knife, lift and stack one on top of another to create two thicker hearts. Dust the tops lightly with cocoa powder.
- Arrange the hearts on a serving plate or on two individual plates and drizzle some of the mango coulis around the edge. Decorate hearts with some white chocolate shavings over the top and raspberries or other berries on the sides.
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