Jenel's Journey: Italian Pastries

By WKTV News

Jenel's Journey is a new segment on NEWSChannel 2 at Daybreak and Sunrise. The idea is to get Jenel used to life in Central New York.

This journey focuses on key signature food. She traveled to Florentine Pastry Shop in Utica to taste traditional Italian pastries.

Florentine's Tiramisu is a family recipe and they can not give it out to the public. However, here is a recipe you can try at home.

Tiramisu Recipe:


*6 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum
24 packaged ladyfingers
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth.

Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined.

In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum.
Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds.
Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit the bottom.

Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.
Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture.

Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours.

Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

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