30 June 2010

Is My Face Red (and White) Finale with Raspberry Tiramisu

Raspberry Tiramisu

Happy Canada Day!!!! July 1st! We started the celebrations early and have been revelling ever since. I hope you have enjoyed following along with my patriotic menu. Today is my final post in my "Is My Face Red (and White)" challenge. It has been a good deal of fun for me to challenge myself to come up with a menu based on a theme. Each dish has represented Canada as a melting pot of cultures, tastes and sounds which is an exact replica of what the philosophy of Canada is all about. With this unique red and white menu we have visited the four corners of the world from Spain to South America and focused on fresh, local and Canadian ingredients.  As stated in this previous post not only will we be wearing red and white T-shirts and sun hats at the MTBT household today(the colours of the Canadian flag), but, we will also be enjoying a feast of red and white dishes... from appetizers to dessert.  I have dreamed up a red and white menu that would make our ancestors proud and one that celebrates the Canadian spirit. After all what is a celebration without food!!! And what is Canada Day without red and white somewhere in the picture, or as in this case the star of the show. Canada Day tomorrow is the day that red and white shines in a patriotic menu to delight your guests.

First up in our patriotic menu was a Tomato Salad with Pickled Shallots and Goat Cheese Crouton . We next moved on to a classic Spanish-inspired tapas of Romesco with Grilled Bread and Shrimp. Our final tempting appetizer was Baby Scallops Ceviche in Radicchio Cups.

Red (and White) Menu

For a classic side I had to include a patriotic Red and White Potato and Radish Salad, after all what is a picnic or barbecue without potato salad. For our main dish I included Halibut with Grilled Red Pepper Harissa or you could use the same harissa recipe and serve it with a juicy steak. Yay for "red" meat! Harissa is a spicy Tunisian sauce made from chiles, spices, and olive oil. Here, grilling the ingredients gives the sauce great smoky flavour.

Do you have room for dessert?  The  perfect ending to our patriotic menu is a twist on this classic dessert....Raspberry Tiramisu.

 Tiramisu, which literally means "pick me up," is a popular Italian dessert. This variation, which features raspberries rather than coffee and chocolate, is the perfect ending to our red and white themed party menu. Use the freshest of fruits available to get the most amazing raspberry tiramisu. You can dip the ladyfingers very briefly in the Grand Marnier syrup or brush them lightly with the syrup. How juicy your raspberries are will determine your technique. You don't want to end up with a "gloppy" mess...there's that technical term again...

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend and whatever you do break out the barbecue and celebrate!!

**Raspberry Tiramisu**
by More Than Burnt Toast

1 pound fresh or frozen raspberries
6 tablespoons white sugar

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
1/2 cup cold water

1 tub mascarpone
1/2 cup granulated sugar (125 mL)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup brandy (50 mL)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (15 mL)
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla (7 mL)
1-1/2 cups whipping cream (375 mL)
2 pkg small soft ladyfingers, halved
Good quality chocolate, shaved
1/2 cup fresh raspberries 125 mL

In a medium bowl, combine raspberries with 6 tablespoons sugar. Crush a few of the berries; set aside. Reserve some whole raspberries for on top of tiramisu. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1/3 cup hot water to make a syrup. When dissolved, stir in Grand Marnier and cold water; set aside.

In large bowl, beat mascarpone with sugar.

In separate bowl set over hot (not boiling) water, beat egg yolks with clean beaters for 5 minutes or until pale and thickened (if your water starts to boil your eggs will scramble, if the water begins to boil remove your eggs from the heat); beat into mascarpone mixture. Stir in brandy, lemon juice and vanilla. Whip 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cream; fold into mascarpone mixture.

Dip ladyfingers briefly into Grand Marnier syrup one at a time. Line bottom of 8 cup (2 L) glass trifle bowl with 12 ladyfinger halves. Spread with one quarter of the mascarpone mixture. Grate chocolate over top. Sprinkle with one third of the crushed raspberries, pressing some against glass to show through.

Repeat ladyfinger, mascarpone, chocolate and raspberry layers twice.

Whip remaining 1 cup (250 mL) cream with 1-2 teaspoons of powdered milk. Using the powdered milk is a bakers secret which will prevent the whipping cream from separating while refrigerated overnight. (Alternately whip the whipping cream just before serving).  Mound whipping cream over trifle, leaving rim of mascarpone mixture visible. Garnish with reserved raspberries, chocolate shavings and toasted almonds if desired.

 Cover lightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Other red and white dish suggestions:

French Tomato Tart - Angela of Spinach Tiger
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto - Ruth of Once Upon a Feast
Grilled Beet Salad - Food Network
Pesto Cherry Tomato Caprese
Char-Grilled Halloumi with Tomato Dressing
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette
Layered Heirloom Tomatoes with Feta and Basil Oil
Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream - All Our Fingers in the Pie/Cooking with Julie
Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Red Snapper Baked in Salt with Romesco Sauce
Tomato Basil Shrimp Skewers

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  1. Val...you certainly know how to cap off such a wonderful series with a bang!!!

    Fabulous dessert...making this for sure. I also love putting my twist on the typical Tiramisu.

    Great refreshing dessert and also lovely spiked with my favourite Mr. Grand Marinier...mmmmmmm

    Have a fantastic Canada Day ;o)

  2. Val, we're headed to Florida to see our grandbabies- this recipe will come with me! Have a wonderful Canada Day!!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. A refreshing dessert! That Tiramis├╣ looks delightful!



  4. it's been ages since i've enjoyed a cool refreshing cake like this one - yum!

  5. Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert!

  6. What a perfect dessert for summer! And I loved all your red and white recipes. Have a great Canada Day!

  7. This Tiramisu look heavenly!! Have a lovely day dear Valli, huggs gloria

  8. Let the feast begin :-) To this point your Canada Day food has sounded wonderful and looked gorgeous. Your finale is no exception. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Love your patriotic series. Red and white are great colors to work.
    I had no words to describe how wonderful looks your tiramisu. Beautiful and oh my ..send me full spoon , please

  10. Oh my goodness, girl! You are celebrating in style!! :-) Your tiramisu is truly gorgeous. I'm so inspired and delighted. :-)

  11. Oh my, what a gorgeous dessert! I will definitely have to give this a whirl soon!

  12. That looks like the perfect dish to celebrate Canada Day with!

  13. That looks fabulous! Happy Canada Day Val!

  14. Oh Yes! I definitely have room...that looks amazing, Val!

  15. That dessert looks amazing. I love the last photo of it. Oh how I want a bowlful now :)

  16. Your sense of patriotism is infectious Val! And there's no better way to celebrate Canada Day than with this beautiful menu. Bravo! This version of tiramisu is a great finish!

  17. Beautiful tiramisu. I think raspberries are perfect with all that cream and chocolate and coffee flavours.

  18. You should know by now that I ALWAYS have room for dessert, especially when it involves tiramisu! I love all of the fruit you added to it...definitely a step up. you've made Canada proud!

  19. I just knew your red and white theme would not be complete without a dessert, but I was not expecting a masterpiece like this. Trifle is already my favorite, this one is so beautiful!

  20. A very Happy Canada Day to you! Your menu does your country proud. And the dessert? Swoon-worthy.

  21. Happy Canada Day to one of my favorite Canadians!

    That tiramisu looks like it's to die for. Add a great fruit to a great dessert and you can't go wrong.

    Enjoy your red and white celebration!

  22. I'm just jumping in to wish you "Happy Canada" day. I hope you enjoy all that wonderful food you've planned for the day. Blessings...Mary

  23. I always have room for dessert and this one is a winner! Happy Canada Day neighbor!


  24. I always have room for dessert! Especially gorgeous ones like that!

  25. Happy Canada Day, Val! I have only visited Vancouver, BC, but I can't wait to visit the rest of Canada. It's a beautiful country with such friendly people.

    And your raspberry tiramisu looks splendid! I'm posting on raspberry muffins soon and will link to it for sure!

  26. What a great variation of Tiramisu, looks sooo fresh!
    Happy Belated Canada Day Val :)

  27. you definitely saved the best for last--this is a beautiful dessert! happy canada day to ya. :)

  28. Happy Canada Day Val! (belated) Can I just tell you the minute I saw this I was hooked! Wow, beautiful!

  29. HAppy Canada Day dear friend! This looks just fabulous. I wish berries were easier and cheaper to get around these parts...

  30. Belated Happy Canada Day! I enjoyed this series and the dishes you presented and this is a spectacular finale.

  31. I have really enjoyed reading about your patriotic dishes. This is a great finale.

  32. That's a show stopping tiramisu with all those decadent raspberries. Yummmmm.


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