a cookie fit for a lady…

“Fetch me that Ottoman, and prithee keep your voice low, said the Emperor; and steep some lady’s-fingers nice in Candy wine”. ‘The Cap and Bells’ (1820) John Keats I’m sure most of you have today off and if you’re not braving the cold amidst thousands of sale crazed lunatics, maybe you’ll consider staying in and baking some goodies. I have been baking like a mad women lately, just to keep myself warm. (and if I keep eating everything I make, the layers of blubber will do well in keeping me warm.) I have to share with you my favorite recipe for Tiramisu Cheesecake. it is fabulous! it takes basic ingredients and the flavor is so close to that of the real thing, that I don’t even bother with making authentic Tiramisu anymore. (millions of Italians are cringing, as we speak.) seriously, even if you’re not a fan of it, you have to at least try this recipe! but not so fast! before sharing the recipe, I first, have to show you how to make the amazing Italian sponge cookies that you use in Tiramisu. Ladyfingers. (yes, they’re readily available at your local bakery and grocery store but this is way more fun! plus, you can tell people you made them.)

(printable recipe here.)

1/2 cup cake flour, sifted

3 large egg yolks, room temperature

2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 large egg whites, room temperature

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 tablespoons granulated white sugar

Powdered (icing or confectioners) sugar for dusting the tops of the cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)

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