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Tiramisu-Style Espresso Granita Parfaits

April 2010
Tiramisu-Style Espresso Granita Parfaits

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups hot brewed espresso
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces crisp Italian-style ladyfingers, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine or chocolate liqueur
  • Bittersweet chocolate, for shaving
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar and the espresso until dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan; let cool. Freeze, stirring every 30 minutes, until frozen, about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape into fluffy crystals. Cover and return to the freezer until ready to use.
  2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream, mascarpone, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the vanilla until soft peaks form.
  3. Working in 2 batches, and refrigerating each one, layer each of 8 parfait glasses with 1/3 cup granita, some of the chopped ladyfingers, 1 1/2 teaspoons wine and 1/4 cup mascarpone mixture; repeat. Serve topped with the chocolate shavings.