lunedì 5 dicembre 2011

PANDORO RICCO (rich pandoro)

Dessert - vegetarian - definitely NOT dietetic

Pandoro is the other Italian Christmas cake, star shaped, less known than panettone but, many times, more loved!

1 Pandoro
1 3.5 oz Italian dark chocolate bar
1 8 oz mascarpone
3 eggs
3 tbsp sugar
Cream or milk
Chopped almonds, hazelnuts or pinenuts

Slice the Pandoro vertically, dividing all points of the star in half (always vertically); this should create 14 slices.

Arrange them in the oven and toast at 250 until they become crisp but not too crunchy.

In the meantime, prepare the mascarpone cream.

Divide the eggs and put sugar in the yolks, whisk until they become pale yellow, then add mascarpone and whisk for another minute or twon, until combined.

Add a pinch of salt in the whites and whisk until soft peaks hold, then carefully fold them into the mascarpone mixture, always stirring from bottom up.

Melt chocolate, broken into pieces, in the microwave with 3 tbsp of cream or milk.

Compose the dish: line the bottom of your dish with mascarpone cream, arrange slice over it (you can cut it in 2 parts, since it's long), drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

You can finish with confectioner's sugar, that is included in the cake's box.

- You can use one kind of nuts or a mix of them.
- You can prepare the cream in advance (not earlier than the evening before) and finish the dish just before eating it.
- The cake can be eaten by itself, sprinkled with the sugar it comes with.
- Panettone is not suggested for this dish pecause of the fruits in it.
- This cream is the same used for tiramisù
- Yes, we have the pandoro in stock (and also the chocolate).

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