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Ingredients: filling

  • Espresso, or triple-strength coffee, 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Brandy, 1/4 cup
  • Egg yolks, 2
  • Mascarpone cheese, 1 pound
  • Lady fingers, 1/2-pound package
  • Semisweet chocolate, 4 ounces shaved
  • Ingredients: icing

  • Whipping cream, fresh, 1 cup
  • Vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Ingredients: garnishes

  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Shaved chocolate


    1.line the inside of a loaf pan with large sheet wax paper.

    2.stir espresso, sugar and brandy in mixing bowl until sugar dissolves. Reserve 1/3 cup.

    3.whisk egg yolks into this, and add the cheese. Whisk until smooth.

    4.one at a time, soak ladyfingers in reserved coffee (don't oversoak). Place crosswise in pan, trimming if necessary to layer bottom completely..

    5.spread on half of cheese mixture, then half of shaved chocolate.

    6.repeat with ladyfingers, then remaining cheese, then rest of chocolate.

    7.cover with remaining ladyfingers.

    8.bring up flaps of wax paper, wrap pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 hours.

    9.when serving, invert pan on serving platter, tapping bottom to remove "loaf." Remove paper.

    10.whip whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar together until stiff. Spread over the "loaf."

    11.dust with shaved chocolate.


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