Saturday, April 27, 2013


Today was the annual Miller Family Reunion. My father-in-law is one of twelve children so there are alot of Millers at the reunion. I think I am related to half of Brown County, IN by marriage. They have a pitch-in every year in April.

I found this while grocery shopping on Friday...

It's mascarpone cheese with coffee and it was on clearance. Woohoo! Looks like I'm making Tiramisu for my pitch-in dish.

My Tiramisu recipe calls for mascarpone cheese with coffee added in. This already had the coffee in it. It wasn't quite strong enough though to suit me so I added some espresso powder to the recipe. Here's the recipe:

6 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon espresso powder (my addition)
16 oz mascarpone cheese with coffee*
7 oz package of ladyfingers
1 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
8 tablespoons Kalhua (optional)
shaved chocolate for topping

*original recipe calls for adding 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to plain mascarpone cheese.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until well blended.

Whisk in milk and espresso powder; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover and chill for at least one hour.

one of my favorite ingredients!

cooled custard

Beat mascarpone cheese with chilled egg yolk mixture until well blended.

mascarpone cheese and custard

now nice and fluffy together

In another bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff.

I put my bowl of cream in the sink to beat to keep from making a spattery mess.

Fold heavy cream into mascarpone cheese mixture.

 All the fluffy stuff getting folded together

Dip half the ladyfingers in coffee and arrange in the bottom of an 8 x 8 dish. You can mix Kalhua into your coffee first if you want.


Spoon half of mascarpone cheese mixture over ladyfingers. Dip remaining ladyfingers in coffee and arrange over mascarpone cheese mixture, then top with remaining mascarpone cheese mixture. Top with shaved chocolate. This dessert, surprisingly, is not very sweet so be generous with your chocolate!

Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight so your flavors can meld.

second layer of ladyfingers


Now, if you are impatient like me and can't wait for the flavors to meld... or you just have some leftover ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese... feel free to make yourself a little something...

Before going to the Reunion today, I did my last tempo run before my half-marathon next Saturday. I ran a 5K in Columbus, IN. I almost blew it off and didn't go because I was a little sore from Thursday and a little worried about running hard again today. I knew though that if I didn't do the 5K, I would not get any running in today so I went... and I'm glad I did.

I felt surprisingly good once I started running. Here are my splits:

Mile 1 - 8:00
Mile 2 - 8:08
Mile 3 - 8:02
last 0.1 (or 0.2) - 1:11

5K time - 25:21

Times are per my Garmin. The "official" times are not up yet. My Garmin says I ran 3.2 miles. I'm just happy I ran very consistently. I'm also thinking about actually training for a 5K after my half-marathon because I'm starting to get curious about how fast I can actually run one all out. I did step in a pothole at the very beginning of the race and twisted my right ankle. It startled me more than anything and I'm glad I didn't fall. My ankle is a little sore but not swollen so it should be OK. All I have are two more easy runs next week and then it's race time!

Mileage for week 10 - 24 miles.

1 comment:

  1. looks delicious! I need to get that powder! I can never find it at our local store. I hope you had fun at the reunion! Have a great day.