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Monday, June 27, 2011

Tiramisú ...inspired by No Reservations for Food 'n Flix

In the film No Reservations, Kate is an uptight, work-obsessed control freak.  She is a first-class chef who takes pride in her work and does not subscribe to the popular belief that the customer is always right.  Her whole world is turned upside down when her sister is killed in a car accident on her way to visit her.  She gains custody of her young niece, Zoe, who is now left without the only parent she has ever known.  While they struggle to get to know each other better (a whole new world for both of them), Nick enters the picture.  Nick is brought on as the new executive sous chef when Kate is forced to take some time off and her sous chef leaves to have a baby.  Nick is completely the opposite of Kate.  Outgoing, fun, friendly, patient, and easy-going.  And very easy on the eyes.  Is it any wonder that this odd-group fits together so nicely?  When Zoe cashes in on a wish that Kate promises to grant her, Nick winds up in Kate's kitchen cooking dinner with Zoe...which they then share in a magical, candle-lit, tent-covered dinner.  They make homemade pizza (a complete 180° from Kate's "upscale" menus) and eat on the floor without utensils or shoes and we can see a change starting to take place in all of them.  This is one of my favorite scenes from the film.  It ends with Nick carrying a sleeping Zoe to her bed and spending some quiet time with Kate.  He pulls a box that he brought with him from the fridge to share with her.  As they begin to eat in the seduction of fire light...

"You know, in Italian, Tiramisu means The Food of Gods."  (Nick)
"No it doesn't."  (Kate)
"It should."  (Nick)
adapted from Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home
serves ~4

¾ c. boiling water
3 Tbs. instant espresso powder
⅔ c. mascarpone cheese
⅔ c. heavy cream
3 Tbs. rum
½ tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ c. sugar
12 (~6 oz) ladyfingers (savoiardi)
1-2 oz. chunk/bar bittersweet chocolate
Combine boiling water and espresso powder.  Set in fridge to cool.

Whip the mascarpone, cream, rum, vanilla, and sugar together at medium speed until soft peaks form.
Dip ladyfingers into the cooled espresso mixture quickly and then lay in a single layer in a loaf pan (~8"x5").  Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture on top and smooth it down.  Grate half of the chocolate over that.  Repeat with another layer of espresso dipped ladyfingers.  Smooth on the last of the mascarpone mixture.  Grate the last of the chocolate over that.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least an hour but up to overnight.

This is rich and not too sweet...and a total adult's dessert.  Just ask my daughter.  She took one bite, then promptly turned to me to ask if I could make a kid's dessert next time.  I suppose.  
Deb at Kahakai Kitchen is hosting Food 'n Flix this month with her chosen film: No Reservations.
I am also sharing this post with:
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Would you like to comment?

  1. I cannot look away. It keeps me coming back for more. What a lovely dessert.

  2. Se ve magnifico, esto tiene que estar fantastico.


  3. Highly addictive and inviting tiramisu,drooling here..

  4. Stunning. One of my absolute favorites.

  5. That's so funny about your daughter - she wants a kids dessert next time. :o) This is one gorgeous dessert, I love tiramisu and don't get to eat it nearly enough which means I should make my own!

  6. I do remember the movie Heather, and I also believe that tiramisu should mean "food of the Gods"

  7. hmmmnn..I should be making Tiramisu..

  8. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts! So special .... I make it once or twice a year, and each time we can't believe how smooth and wonderful it is! Yours looks awesome!

  9. I need to do this. Never tried, but usually order it when out.

    Great post, a keeper


  10. I so love that movie! this is one of my favourite italian recipes and I just don't make it often enoough; thank you for the reminder. Your photos are wow!!!!!

  11. I definitely feel similarly about tiramisu. "The food of gods" doesn't even describe it enough. This looks fantastic!


  12. oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

  13. wow, that slice looks awesome. I haven't seen that movie "no reservations". Sounds like a good one :)

  14. Tiramisu looks awesome. I like the movie no reservations.

  15. I've not seen that movie, but it sounds like one I'd like to. Tiramisu is one of my very favorite desserts. That must mean I'm a grown-up. ;) Yours is sooo gorgeous!

  16. looks awesome love that movie but you must see the original German version so much better

  17. Holy cow that looks awesome...I just saw a lady on TV today making her own "savoiardi"! The movie sounds's in my Netflix queue.

  18. Your Tirami´s look awesome and yummy!! gloria

  19. I saw the movie, very romantic! Your tiramisu is a show, Laura

  20. OK, I have to confess that I have never been a big tiramisu lover but I am totally drooling over yours right now. It is gorgeous.

    Thanks for letting me host F'nF too! ;-)

  21. I love Tiramasu. I could eat a whole pan-full, possibly the reason I avoid making it. Your photos are like kitchen porn!

  22. This is a masterpiece, Heather. As the only chocolate eater in the family, I don't make such goodness. I would have to eat it up, all by myself. That would be terrible.

  23. One of my favourite desserts and this one is utter perfection!

  24. I remember wanting to see this movie when it came out, I love Catherine Zeta Jones- and anything involving food, but I didn't get around to watching it, I saw a little bit on cable a few months ago and it didn't look that bad.  I'll have to rent it, I like tiramisu, not enough to crave it (like I crave creme brulee), but I definitely find it pleasing.  I just got this box of chocolates, by Lindt I think, and I think it's called Petit Desserts- it's chocolate candy that's flavored like desserts, creme brulee, tiramisu, lemon tart, they are sooo good.  You should check them out!