Nova's tiramisu

Photo: Peter McIntosh
Photo: Peter McIntosh
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6 eggs
200g sugar
1kg mascarpone
1 tsp vanilla paste
90ml strong black coffee
50ml Kahlua coffee liqueur
50ml brandy
1 pkt lady fingers (sponge fingers)

Mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla paste until pale and fluffy.

Add mascarpone to egg and sugar mix and beat until smooth. Put mix into a piping bag.

Mix espresso, Kahlua and brandy together in bowl.

Soak one sponge finger at a time in the coffee/brandy mixture, break in half and place in bottom of a glass. Layer with the marscapone cream and repeat with another sponge finger. Then dust with cocoa powder.

Recipe provided by Nova, Dunedin. Recipe requested by Debbie Steel, of Alexandra.

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