This week’s craving is not about any materialistic pursuit, but rather focused on another passion of mine, i.e. food. I have always felt that tiramisu is an easy dessert to make, given my limited culinary skills. After all, I whipped up a pretty wicked tiramisu for my colleagues several Christmases ago.

But when I came face to face with the Green Tea Tiramisu, I was impressed. So much so that I tracked down a recipe for my future adventure in the kitchen.

Green Tea tiramisu from MaYucca restaurant in Nice.

Tiramisu is a non-bake dessert and several ingredients are available in the supermarkets here. It is not difficult to put it together, although the beating and whipping of mascaprone cheese require some experience to attain the desired texture.

Ingredients for Green Tea Tiramisu:

- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup white sugar, divided
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
- 24-26 lady finger biscuits
- 1 tbsp fine green tea (matcha) powder, plus extra for dusting
- 1/2 cup water

*For those who are skilful with baking, you could replace the ladyfinger biscuits with home-made matcha sponge cake instead!

Steps:

1. To make syrup, boil water in small saucepan and dissolve 1/4 cup sugar. Remove from heat and slowly whisk into a shallow dish containing the green tea powder.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg yolks with vanilla and the other 1/4 cup of sugar until light yellow. Fold in the mascarpone cheese until smooth and evenly mixed.
3. Arrange biscuits in one single layer on the bottom of a baking dish. Pour half of the green tea syrup over the biscuits and tilt the dish to soak all the biscuits.
4. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits.
5. Dip the remaining biscuits in the syrup and arrange on top of the mascarpone mixture. Spread the remaining cheese on top.
6. Lay a piece of saran wrap directly on top of cheese to wrap tightly and chill in fridge overnight.
7. Dust with generous amount of green tea powder right before serving.

Source of recipe: Half-hour meals

Given that the dessert is green in colour – totally matchy-matchy with the festive season – this could be an awesome gift this Christmas after all!

本人一向对抹茶情有独钟,对抹茶Tiramisu这改良自意大利的甜点一定不会放过。Tiramisu的制作过程其实相当简单,抹茶口味即不太甜,也不含酒精。或许今年圣诞可考虑亲手制作抹茶Tiramisu送给亲朋好友。

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