For the cream/marscapone mixture I followed this recipe for tiramisu from the SBS website.
I used 1/3 of all measurements as I only intended to make a small tiramisu. Don't understimate the cream!
I thought that green pistachios would look gorgeous with my pink biscuits and also to add a little bit of a crunch to the dessert.
Soaking my biscuits in the sparkling wine. I soaked them far too much longer than they should have been. Mind you this is my first time making tiramisu, and taking photos while you are cooking is hard!
Layering pistachios in between was a last minute decision as I thought it might create a bit of interest in between the layers of marscapone and sponge. Once all the layers were done I wrapped it up and popped it into the fridge to set.
And this is what happened when I tipped the bowl upside down onto a plate. I really underestimated the amount of cream needed so there's a few patches of sponge showing through. I topped it with the remainder or the crushed pistachios and grated over some of the couverture chocolate.
It was very heavy with wine, a simple dip would have been fine as the wine would have absorbed through it while it set in the fridge. Don't underestimate the soaking power of these babies. With the cream being on the light side the sponge was quite overpowering, more cream may have helped to tone it down a bit. It probably could have done with double the amount of cream, which would have meant a bigger bowl too. I didn't really have any square containers and bought these square plastic bowls specially for my dessert. I didn't like the idea of using a round/oval/shallow dish because I wanted to show off the layers when you cut into the tiramisu and didn't have anything deep enough at home.
All in all for my very first go at this, I think it went a-okay! Ryan was so eager to try it, we actually had it not very long after dinner which suprised me as we're usually very bloated after eating (blog entry on that to come soon). I couldn't make this any earlier even though I had everything ready, once you pop the cork off a bottle of sparkly you've gotta drink it all! A Friday night in was perfect, though there's still half a bottle in the fridge - all bubbles gone now =(.