Gino D’Acampo recipe for week 4: Tiramisù with Amaretto


Recipes with Gino’s Italian’. Week 4 (Final week).

Following the success of last week’s week 3 feature: Baked Salmon with a Pistachio, Honey and Herb Crust, read on for what to make this week 4.

Gino makes the art of cooking uncomplicated and achievable, allowing you to create mouth-watering Italian cuisine which always packs a huge flavour punch.

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Week 4 from Gino D’Acampo is the Dessert:

‘A good meal should always be followed by a good dessert’ – and it’s hard to argue with that!

Baked Tiramisù with Amaretto

Tiramisù (which translates as ‘pick me up’) is a modern version of a dessert first created in Tuscany, where it was known in the 19th century as ‘zuppa inglese’ (English soup), because of the popularity of the dessert among the English living in the region. The original dessert had a custard base, but this was later replaced with mascarpone. There are often variations in the liqueur used….

350ml cold strong black coffee, preferably
150ml amaretto (almond liqueur)
200ml double cream
5 medium eggs, separated
6 tablespoons caster sugar
500g mascarpone cheese
36 Savoiardi sponge fingers (ladyfingers)
Cocoa powder for dusting


1] Put the coffee in a medium bowl and stir in 4 tablespoons of the amaretto.
Set aside.
2] Pour the cream into a medium bowl and whip until thick enough to just hold
its shape and form soft peaks. Set aside.
3] Place the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk using a balloon whisk
for about 5 minutes until thick and pale. Add the mascarpone and beat
thoroughly. Gently fold in the whipped cream and remaining amaretto.
4] Put the egg whites in a separate bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk
on full speed until they form stiff peaks. Using a metal spoon, gently fold one
third of the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture until well blended. Fold in
the remaining egg whites in 2 stages. Set aside.
5] Dip one of the biscuits in the coffee for 2 seconds (no longer) and place it in
the bottom of a 20 x 30 x 7cm ceramic dish, with the sugar-side facing upwards.
Repeat until the bottom of the dish is covered with half the biscuits.
6] Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, then cover with another
layer of the remaining biscuits dipped in coffee as previously. Spread the
remaining mascarpone mixture on top and smooth the surface using a palette
knife. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 3 hours. Just before serving,
remove the cling film and dust with cocoa powder.

Serves 8

Extracted from Gino’s Hidden Italy : How to Cook Like a True Italian by Gino D’Acampo (published by Hodder & Stoughton) on 6th October 2016. Photography credit – Matt Russell, Hal Shinnie and Dan Jones

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