Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tiramisu, Happy Birthday to You, 32

Fabian's "Birthday Cake"

The 27th was Fabian's birthday.
It was a pretty lazy day.
Fabian had breakfast in bed which consisted of banana bread (made by our friend [see bottom for recipe]) and coffee (in his new cup).
Then, I made him omelets for brunch with a screwdriver- HAPPY BIRTH-DAY! (We didn't have champagne for mimosas- He didn't seem to mind).
Then, we relaxed and watched television for awhile. We eventually pulled our lazy butts off of the couch and went to the grocery to grab a couple of things for dinner.
Later, I made beef stroganoff and put together the tiramisu that I had whipped, sprinkled, baked, scrapped, fluffed, mixed, and about every other thing you can do to a tiramisu.
The beef stroganoff was overcooked (due to the recipe I found online) and honestly, the tiramisu was better the next day (once the lady fingers had time to absorb).

Taken from
Better Banana Bread

Better Banana Bread

Makes 1 huge loaf or 3 small loaves
Preheat the oven to 350
In one bowl, combine:
1/2 stick (4-5 tablespoons) butter, softened
2 eggs
2 or 3 very ripe bananas
1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
2/3 cup sugar

Use a potato masher, fork, or spoon to squish the banana and mix the ingredients together. It is alright for there to be small (1 centimeter) chunks of banana in the batter, but you want most of the banana to be reduced to mush.

In another bowl, combine:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until the ingredients are blended together.
If you like, stir in additional ingredients here, such as chopped walnuts or pecans, dried cherries or apricots, or chocolate chips. A handful (about a half a cup) is about right.
Pour the dough into greased baking pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Small loaves take around 30 minutes, a normal-sized loaf takes around 50 minutes.
Remove from the oven. This bread is great warm, but it is excellent cold too.
After they have cooled for 5 or 10 minutes the loaves can be removed from the pan to cool. Once they are cool they can be individually wrapped and frozen.

This banana bread is very moist and very good. It's different from the usual banana bread that we have at my house, in that it has cinnamon. It proves that change can definitely be a good thing.

Garden Omelets

3 eggs
2 medium sliced baby portabello mushrooms
1/4c diced tomatoes
1/4 spinach
2tbs diced onion
1tsp ricotta cheese
1/8tsp finely minced garlic
1/8tsp basil
salt & pepper to taste

Saute garlic, mushrooms and onions. Put into a dish. Whip egg with 1tbs water, salt and pepper.  Pour into pan. Cook most of the way through (about one and a half minutes on medium heat). Then, add sauteed veggies with a dash of salt and pepper. Add ricotta and tomatoes. Fold in half. Cook  until cheese starts to melt, Flip if needed. Serve and enjoy!


Mascarpone Cheese – Vera’s Recipe (Baking Obsession) for Homemade Mascarpone Cheese.
Savoiardi/ Ladyfinger Biscuits – Recipe from Cordon Bleu At Home
Tiramisu – Carminantonio’s Tiramisu from The Washington Post, July 11 2007

When I made the tiramisu, I made the Ladyfingers from scratch since the ones at the grocery are packed full of artificial flavors and preservatives. However, I was beating them with a whisk, and couldn't wait for the meringue to form high white fluffy peaks. So, they turned out a little flat, but still very yummy! I also made the zabaglione and the pastry creme from scratch, both turned out great!


  1. I just learned Tiramasu means 'pick me up' in italian! I did not confirm to see if that was correct but i heard it on TV just today! Yum!

  2. Well, I can belive that! It picked me up for about 3 days! I ate it after dinner every night (and after a few lunches too)!