Saturday, October 2, 2010

Have a Magical Day..

We're a "Disney family", everyone who knows us knows that. Disney has given us many opportunities (besides the obvious ones of paying our bills) and many memories. Today my husband and I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary (albeit about a week early) and we visited Epcot on our honeymoon. At this time of year, Epcot now has the "Food and Wine Festival", an extravaganza in World Showcase that no one should miss (it was not yet taking place when we got married). Each country (and a few others added in as well) offer samples of their best foods, wines and beers. I've already shared in this blog on of my F&W favorites, the Cheddar Cheese Soup from Canada (it's a favorite of our entire family, really) Who knew, 19 years ago, that Disney would one day be where Dan works, and where myself, Karis, Grant and our Amy have been employed as well. We owe Disney a lot, and for that reason I'm dedicating my blog to them today, sharing a recipe that is "true Disney"; fun, innovative and magical. "Have a magical day" (one of many "Disney-isms") and make "Tinkerbell's Twinkie Tiramisu" for dinner tonight.

"Tinkerbell's Twinkie Tiramisu"

12 Twinkies, sliced 1/2 inch thick
Espresso syrup (recipe follows)
Mascarpone filling (recipe follows)
Cocoa powder, chocolate chips for garnish

Place half the Twinkie slices in a single layer in the bottom of a shallow 2 quart baking dish or gratin dish. Drizzle with half of the espresso syrup. Spread with half of the mascarpone filling. Repeat with remaining Twinkies, syrup and filling. Smooth top with a metal spatula (resists sticking). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before serving. Just before serving sift cocoa to lightly dust the top of the tiramisu. Sprinkle with chocolate chips

Espresso Syrup
1/3 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. strong-brewed espresso coffee
1/4 c. Italian or domestic brandy, optional
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan
Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar
Remove from heat, cool and add coffee and brandy

Mascarpone Filling
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pound mascarpone cheese, softened (I've been able to FINALLY find mascarpone cheese at Publix, in the deli, and also at Sam's Club)
Whip cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold cream into softened mascarpone.

Today's food quote: "Disney food....I have just met you and I LOVE you!!" unknown WDW guest

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