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Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 08:16 AM

I'll be serving tiramisu on Christmas day and I'm wondering if it would suffer too much if I make it today (Wednesday). I would normally make it just a day ahead, but I find myself with some free time this afternoon and it would be great to get it off my list. Any suggestions? The one I make has a custard base, combined with cream cheese and ricotta, dry ladyfingers brushed with espresso.

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  1. bushwickgirl RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 09:56 AM

    A few days ahead of time is ok. So today for Christmas would be fine. Cross it off your list.

    1. Cherylptw RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 10:17 AM

      Yes, you can make it today and it will be well chilled..

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        Val55 RE: Cherylptw Dec 23, 2009 12:40 PM

        I have even frozen them.

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          Nyleve RE: Val55 Dec 23, 2009 12:51 PM

          Argh - thanks all. I got distracted this afternoon and made some hazelnut meringue cookies instead (had leftover egg whites). But now I'm grappling with a bigger question: my regular quasi-classic tiramisu or lemoncello tiramisu? How to decide???

          Either way, I'll be making it tomorrow.

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            bushwickgirl RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 12:59 PM

            Ooh, limoncello is all the rage this year, but I wonder how many people have actually tasted it yet; maybe your guests have not and would like to.

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              millygirl RE: bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 02:58 PM

              Ohhh limoncello tiramisu!!! Perfect, I think that's what I'll serve for my new year's day dinner along with seafood pot pie. Does that sound like a good match? Does anybody have a tried and true recipe to share? I've just done a quick search and some suggest pound cake, while others use the traditional ladyfingers. Thoughts/comments?

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                bushwickgirl RE: millygirl Dec 23, 2009 03:12 PM

                I'm kind of traditional, so I like the ladyfingers. Here's a link for what appears to be a very nice limoncello tiramisu with marscapone, from Lidia Bastianich:

                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                  Nyleve RE: bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 03:38 PM

                  That's the one I was looking at.

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                    Chocolatechipkt RE: bushwickgirl Jan 2, 2010 05:28 PM

                    I've been looking at that one too. I made trad. tiramisu for Christmas, but I'm thinking the limoncello would be good in the spring. :)

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                sunflwrsdh RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 03:09 PM

                Limoncello tiramisu sounds great, but I think if I were trying to decide on a winter dessert, I would lean more toward the regular quasi-classic one; limoncello seems more summery to me. (Although delicious any time, and I love the idea of it in tiramisu)

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                  Nyleve RE: sunflwrsdh Dec 23, 2009 03:39 PM

                  Also my thoughts. Lemon=spring/summer. Chocolate-coffee=winter. Still undecided.

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                    Cherylptw RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 03:45 PM

                    Citrus fruit flavors are also for winter; they brighten up heavy dishes and make them interesting...since you're doing this for a day with lots of food, I'd go with the lemon but don't take my word for it. Check out the Sunkist website

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                      bushwickgirl RE: Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 03:45 PM

                      What else are you serving? if it's a fairly rich meal, you may want something light and fruity at the end, but otherwise nothing beats the combo of chocolate and coffee, IMO.

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                        Nyleve RE: bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 04:17 PM

                        Actually - this isn't for a typical Christmas dinner. We're a bunch of Jews just having a party. My son will be making his outstanding thin-crust pizza; I may make some stuffed mushrooms; friends are bringing stuff - I don't know what. It's a graze-a-thon. The tiramisu is dessert, but might not be the only dessert. We'll drink too many martinis, probably.

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                          bushwickgirl RE: Nyleve Dec 24, 2009 03:02 AM

                          Chocolate, then.
                          Have a great time!

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                            Nyleve RE: bushwickgirl Dec 24, 2009 04:27 AM

                            Good call! I'll save the lemon for another occasion.

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                              millygirl RE: Nyleve Dec 24, 2009 07:55 AM

                              Okay now that Nyleve is all settled, back to me....
                              Seriously though, I'm thinking of doing the limencillo tiramisu for nyd dinner. A number in my group prefer not to have chocolate at night (drag, I know, but I sympathize with them) and since my main is quite rich - seafood pot pie, I thought the lemon might be nice.
                              Does this sound good?

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                                bushwickgirl RE: millygirl Dec 24, 2009 08:00 AM

                                Anything lemon and light-ish but flavorful after a seafood pot pie would be perfect.

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                                  millygirl RE: bushwickgirl Dec 24, 2009 08:03 AM

                                  Thanks bushwickgirl, I needed to hear that :) Merry christmas.

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                                    bushwickgirl RE: millygirl Dec 24, 2009 09:01 AM

                                    Ooh, I'm glad everyone's happy, Merry Christmas to you!

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                                    sunflwrsdh RE: bushwickgirl Dec 26, 2009 04:25 PM

                                    Completely agree....lemon tiramisu after seafood pot pie=great in any season!

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                                    Nyleve RE: millygirl Dec 24, 2009 06:37 PM

                                    You should totally do it and then let us know how it turned out. I'm still thinking about that one - although today I made the regular chocolate/coffee kind. Another time the lemon one would be fantastic, I think.

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