Monday, September 20, 2010

Chef Chuck's Raspberry Mascarpone Sponge Cake


PanDiSpagna ai Lamponi e Mascarpone


A decadent dessert with a classic refreshing flavor. It all blended so well, a light sponge cake soaked in a coffee mixture coated in dark chocolate. Topped with a mascarpone cream and fresh juicy raspberries. A sinful dessert to enjoy anytime.

Raspberry Mascarpone Sponge Cake
Cake
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
zest of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Coffee Mix
3 ounces sugar
3 ounces water
2 ounces espresso
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup dark chocolate
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Mascarpone Cream
16 ounces mascarpone cream
6 ounces powdered sugar
6 ounces heavy cream

Raspberries


Cake
Separate eggs, beat yolks and powdered sugar for 3 minutes. Beat egg whites with salt till stiff peaks form. Gently fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sift a little flour at a time over the batter and fold in, continue till all flour is blended. Add vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Use a 12x9 baking pan, line with parchment paper then butter. Pour in batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool and place on a rack. On a cutting board, cut into rectangles about 1 1/2 x 4 inches, then slice in half to make layers.


Coffee Mix, combine sugar and water in a small pot till it boils and cool, add coffee, brush on the bottom layer of cake.


Melt chocolate and heavy cream in a double boiler. Coat a thin layer of chocolate on top of coffee layer, then refrigerate till is hardens. This takes about 30 minutes.


Mix mascarpone cream with the sugar and a little cream at a time, till it is all blended and thickens.
Add a layer of cream over chocolate then on top of cake use a star tip with a pastry bag or spread the cream, top with a few raspberries.

8 comments:

  1. chuck, seriously, this is just fabulous! molto bene

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  2. Hi Dawn, I am happy you like, from you that's a compliment~ Grazie, Grazie!
    Take Care:)

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  3. Mamma mia! Mi farai morire...troppo buona!

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  4. Hello Scintilla, You must try these sweeties they are delish!! They are to die for... Grazie:)

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  5. Oh là là !!! It looks like a millefeuille, but this one is better, because it is Italian ;D
    Congrats !!! It's beautiful!

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  6. Cristina, you are so kind!
    I love millefeuille, have not had one in a while.
    Your right I guess we can call this the "Italiano-millefeuille", has a ring to it!! ;~)

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  7. This is wonderful!! I bet they're yummy!

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  8. Hi Cherine, Your bet is right, I was very pleased with the outcome, Yum.....
    Thank you:)

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