Traditional Tiramisu

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Traditional Tiramisu

Hello All! It’s February! We have a lot of big things in the work, and we once again apologize for the lack of updates and recipes. But trust us, big things are coming. We have a lot in the works, and are working to make everything come together so we can share and grow Two Young Ladies.

But let’s get on to the good stuff.  Recipes! And today’s recipe is not only one of our favorites, it’s a real crowd pleaser. The recipe actually comes from our travels overseas two years ago to Europe. We started in Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome), then went to Barcelona, and ended up in London.

During our time in Rome, we went to the cutest little restaurant near the Catacombs. And while we were there with our tour group, we had the most amazing Tiramisu. And after a little sweet talking, we were able to get a general idea of what the recipe was, and now we’re able to share it with you.

While we chose to make our Tiramisu into a trifle, you’re more than welcome to make it in the traditional form. Either a 8×8 pan or 13×9 pan, it’s really up to you and how your want to layer it and how much you have. You can even do it in individual cups to be fancy!

Traditional Tiramisu

Traditional Tiramisu

Here’s a photo of us, in Roma, with our tour director, Andrea. We love him, and hope to go back to Italy to see him soon!

Roma

Tiramisu

Ingredients

  • 2-223g containers of Mascarpone
  • 6 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 2-3 packages of lady fingers
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • brewed espresso (1 1/2 cup or 12 oz. water and 2 tablespoons of ground espresso)
  • 2 oz Kaluha

Step 1:

Leave Mascarpone out to come to room temperature, completely.

Tiramisu trifle

Step 2:

Then brew espresso and let it cool. When cool add a tablespoon of cocoa and 2 oz Kaluza. Mix and set aside.

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Step 3:

Separate the eggs into different bowls. One of whites and one for yolks.

Tiramisu trifle

While separating eggs in the egg shell looks pretty (cause all the pros do that way) we recommend separating with your hands. SO. MUCH. EASIER.

Step 4:

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, put in your egg whites and whisk on a medium speed. When the whites start to stiffen, add a tablespoon of sugar, and continue to beat until stiff peaks. Do NOT OVER BEAT.

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Another tip, a lot of recipes says it only takes “a minute or so” for the egg whites to whip up, we think it depends on the machine. Our stand mixer definitely takes at least five minutes to get to stiff peaks. Don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t happen right away.

Step 5:

While the whites are working, whisk the egg yolks until their air rated. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks and whisk until it’s fluffy.

Step 6:

To the yolk mixture, add the mascarpone and incorporate it with the yolks and sugar. Let it be creamy. Add vanilla.

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Step 7:

Fold egg whites into mascarpone/yolks mixture. Be gentle. It’s best to fold the whites into the mixture in thirds.

Tiramisu trifle

 

Tiramisu trifle

Step 8:

In a shallow baking dish, put the espresso/cocoa/kaluha mixture. Lightly dip the lady fingers in. Don’t get too wet otherwise it will disintegrate.

Tiramisu trifle

(We apologize for the blurry photos, we’re still figuring out not only our new camera, but the lighting in our cave like apartment)

Step 9:

Layer lady fingers, fluffy creamy mixture and repeat.

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Step 10:

Dust unsweetened cocoa over the top. Serve and enjoy!*

Tiramisu trifle

Tiramisu trifle

Traditional Tiramisu

Traditional Tiramisu

*For this particular recipe, we choose to make a simple whipped cream, and make that the last layer/topping. You’re more than welcome to do that, or leave it and serve it the traditional way.

Traditional Pork Carnitas

Happy Pre Taco Thursday! Today’s recipe is not only easy, but super delicious and a definite crowd pleaser.

We made these for a family dinner and everyone loved them! Did you know that carnitas translates to “little meats” and is typically made by braising the pork in oil or traditionally lard. Obviously our recipe doesn’t involve cooking the pork in lard or oil, but cooking it in the next best thing: BEER!

Remember when you get your pork shoulder/butt don’t trim the fat! The fat helps keep it juicy and gives it SO MUCH FLAVOR.

Pork Carnitas

Traditional Pork Carnitas 

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds of pork shoulder/or butt
  • Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Bottles of Modelo or Your Favorite Beer
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 4 to 5 Tablespoons Garlic (Minced)

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: 

Depending on the size of your meat, you may want to cut the meat into manageable size chunks. Season both sides of the pork liberally with kosher salt.

Step 3: 

In a cast iron pot/dutch oven/or pot, heat your vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, brown all sides of the pork. Remove from the pan and and blot them dry with paper towels.

Step 4: 

Pour in two cups of beer to deglaze the bottom of the pan of all the delicious brown bits. Next add the cinnamon sticks, the bay leaves, chili powders, cumin and garlic. Stir until everything is mixed together.

Step 5:  

Next, add the pork back to the pot. If needed add a little bit more beer (or water if you’re out) to cover the pork about two/thirds of the way. Place in the oven uncovered for about 3.5 hours.

Step 6: 

When the meat is ready, remove the meat to a platter and let cool. Strain the cooking liquid and return to the pot. Skim as much fat off the top as you can. Turn on the heat and bring the liquid to a boil and then lower the temperature.

Step 7: 

While the liquid is reducing, allow the meat to cool until you can handle it. Shred the meat. Return the meat to the pot with the reduce liquid and serve.

Pork Carnitas

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Today’s dish was inspired by One Pot Spanish Chicken and Potatoes from Pinch of Yum. It was one of those recipes that we made, and EVERYONE loved. And every time we’ve made it since, it becomes more and more popular.

It’s a rather simple dish, and so full of flavor. And did we say it was really easy to make? Because it is! You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to make this, we promise. YOU CAN DO THIS!

For really developed flavors, make the sauce part of the dish first, and the following evening make the chicken and potatoes portion.

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!


Ingredients

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

For the Sauce:

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil (more if needed)
  • 1 large sliced yellow onion
  • 4-6 tbsp garlic (or 3 elephant garlic gloves) we love garlic too much
  • 5 vine-ripe tomatos, cut in half and roasted
  • 1 medium to large eggplant or as we prefer Aubergine (skin peeled and diced)
  •  Season salt (We use Lawry’s) and pepper to taste
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Approx. 1 cup chicken stock

For the chicken and friends:

  • 1½ lbs. chicken breast meat
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large Russet potato, sliced
  • crusty bread or rice for serving

Step 1:

Heat the oven to 400°F. Slice tomatoes in half and toss with some olive oil, enough to coat them, and some salt and pepper. Put tomatoes on a cookie sheet and let it roast in the oven for 40 minutes.

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Step 2:

Sauté onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, then add in the eggplant. Continue to sauté until eggplant is melding (getting soft sounds…awkward).

Step 3:

When the tomatoes are done, CAREFULLY move them into the pot open face down or butt side up, however you want to look at it. Let them simmer together for    5 minutes.

Step 4:

Break up the tomatoes and give it a good mix together. Transfer in batches to a blender, please don’t put it all together, you will have a hot explosion of (painfully hot) goodness, and as wonderful as that sounds…it’s not. Add in chicken stock while blending to get your desired consistancy. Add salt and pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder, cayenne pepper. We like to start with a few shakes of each and adjust to your own liking. This it the point in the cooking where we put the spices into small prep bowls and pretend we’re Emeril, BAM!

Step 5 (optional):

After the sauce has cooled put it into tupperware, and let it get busy with itself overnight. I personally think this sauce is best the next day. But if you need it like RIGHT NOW, please go on to the next step immediately.

Step 6:

Slice the potatoes into discs, I used a mandolin to make sure they were all the same thickness. You can parboil the potatoes for a few minutes if you want, or just put them into the sauce a few minutes before the chicken. (If you gave your sauce “a break” overnight: heat it up in a separate pot first).

Step 7:

Slice your chicken into chunks or bite size pieces. Toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choosing. We’re fans of olive oil and coconut oil. Once chicken is coated in oil season with salt, pepper and paprika. Remember, you don’t have to use those, those are just what we chose for this dish.

Step 8:

Place frying pan on the stove, and turn the heat to medium high. When the pan is hot, put the chicken in and brown. Once the chicken is brown, transfer to the pot with the sauce. You can also sauté the potatoes in the same pan as the chicken and add them to the pot with the sauce.

Step 9:

Cover the sauce, and simmer until the chicken is cooked. About 10 minutes. Serve over quinoa, rice or serve with a bread to sop up all the saucy goodness. Enjoy!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!


What’s really great about this dish is how versatile it is. All you do is change out the paprika for any other spice you like, like curry, tikka masala, Garam masala, and you get the idea.

You can also add other kinds of vegetables towards the end of the cooking process. more onions, bell peppers, peas, and you get the idea!

Happy Cooking!