Matchamisu

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    8–10

Appears in

100 Desserts to Die For

100 Desserts to Die For

By Trish Deseine

Published 2020

  • About
20 Mins Preparation Time
3 Hrs Resting Time

Some purists would insist you make a matcha tea genoise from scratch for this dessert. I have saved you that step with a recipe that is much easier and quicker, but still full of flavour ...

Ingredients

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 60 g ( oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 225 g (8 oz) mascarpone cheese
  • 50 g ( oz) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) thin (pouring/whipping) cream, well chilled
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 50 matcha green tea powder
  • About 12 ladyfinger biscuits (savoiardi)

Method

BEAT THE EGG YOLKS AND CASTER SUGAR IN A MIXING BOWL UNTIL THEY ARE PALE AND MOUSSE-LIKE.

BEAT THE MASCARPONE WITH THE ICING SUGAR TO SOFTEN. Pour in the cream, little by little, then whip until light using an electric beater. Add the vanilla extract, then the egg-sugar mixture.

HEAT 125 ML (4 FL OZ/½ CUP) OF WATER IN A SAUCEPAN AND MIX IN TWO THIRDS OF THE MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER, WHISKING VIGOROUSLY. Let the mixture cool slightly, then pour the tea into a dish.

QUICKLY DIP THE LADYFINGERS INTO THE TEA AND LAY THEM AS YOU GO INTO THE BASE OF A GRATIN DISH MEASURING AROUND 20 x 28 CM (8 x 11¼ INCHES). If there is any tea left over, pour it over the ladyfingers.

SPREAD OVER THE MASCARPONE MIXTURE AND LET IT REST FOR 3 HOURS IN THE FRIDGE. (Alternatively, use a smaller dish, divide the ladyfingers and mascarpone in two, and create two layers of each in the dish before refrigerating.) Before serving, decorate the ‘matchamisu’ with the rest of the (non-dissolved) tea.