February 25, 2010

The Chocolate Contest and a special giveaway!

If you are a subscriber to my E-Recipe Club, then you had an opportunity to enter a chocolate contest. Subscribers were encouraged to enter their favorite chocolate - milk, dark, white - dessert recipes. I received quite a few recipes! I went over the recipe and what they contained with Grumpy and he chose two he thought he would like the best.

The first recipe I made was Donna of My Tasty Treasures Oreos 'n Cream Cake. Grumpy loves Oreos, especially with a glass of milk. :) As a matter of fact, when I bought the Oreo's I had to buy two packages. One for Grumpy and one for the cake. ;) This cake was dangerous. To our waistlines that is, but it was awesome! Grumpy said that it was a good thing he had to go to classes the next day or he would have been eating it all day long! (Donna's writing style is pretty unique and she has gotten a lot of slack for her choice of how she writes. If you are easily offended, her site may not be for you. That said, she has a multitude of recipes that are fabulous so if you go there with an open mind, you will see that she is an awesome cook with a lot of great recipes!)

The other recipe I knew he would choose. Why? Because he loves white chocolate. No if's, ands, or buts about it....and it was the only recipe that contained white chocolate! Grumpy chose Marthe of Culinary Delights Strawberry and White Chocolate Tiramisu.

I could not find ladyfingers anywhere in my area. So, I did the next best thing. I made them! I found the recipe on The Joy of Baking. You can view the recipe by clicking HERE. These were very easy to make! I also found no strawberries on the shelves the day I went shopping - but they has some large, yummy looking raspberries (Grumpy's favorite!) and used them instead. Because Marthe sent the recipe via email I am including it below as I don't believe it is on her blog.

Thank you to both Marthe and Donna! We enjoyed both recipes. We decided that both Marthe and Donna were winners and have had the cookbook Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts on its way to them.


How would you like to have an opportunity to win this book? All you need to do is be a subscriber to my e-Recipe Club! If you are a current subscriber, you are already entered. If you aren't a subscriber, why don't you become one today and have an automatic entry to win this awesome cookbook? All you need to do is sign up by filling out the form to the right of this post! That's it! Nothing more :) This giveaway will end March 6, 2010 at 6 PM EST. ***1 winner from list of subscribers will be drawn at random using the old fashioned method of putting the names in a basket and Grumpy will draw!



Strawberry and White Chocolate Tiramisu - Courtesy of Marthe of Culinary Delights
6 servings

1 can of strawberries (fresh are preferable, but they were soooooo expensive)
raspberry liquor to taste
1/2 cup cream
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
250 grams fresh strawberries
150 grams white chocolate, divided
1 cup mascarpone
1 package savoiardi (ladyfingers),

Puree the can of strawberries with your foodprocessor (I used my blender). Add a splash of raspberry to the strawberrypuree and mix.

Add the sugar and vanilla essence to the cream and beat untill almost stiff. Slice the strawberries

Melt 100 grams white chocolate au bain marie. Beat the mascarpone loose, add the melted chocolate and mix in with the mascarpone. Mix the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture

Line the glass with some strawberry slices, start with a layer of ladyfingers in the glass, drizzle some raspberry liqour over the ladyfingers, scoop a bit of strawberry puree on top and add a layer of mascarpone. Top with ladyfingers, drizzle some raspberry liqour over the ladyfingers, add a layer of mascarpone, add a layer of strawberry slices and finish off with one last layer of mascarpone.

Cover the tiramisu with some cling film or aluminium foil and pop into the fridge so the mascarpone can set. When ready to serve grate the remaining white chocolate finely and sprinkle a layer on top of the tiramisu.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, what dangerous looking desserts. My waist is getting bigger just drooling over them. I'm glad I'm already an e-club subscriber. I would love this cookbook.

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  2. They both look delicious! I made a strawberry tiramisu too that I'll be posting on Saturday.

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  3. Quite a twist on tiramisu, that's for sure. The strawberries are nice.

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  4. What a marvelous delights Shelby.. they have all the ingredients I like :)
    Strawberry and chocolate in one of them!!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  5. Wow Shelby, both the Oreos'n Cream Cake and the tiramisu look gorgeous! I'm glad Grumpy and you liked them!

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  6. The oreo cake looks amazing! I can only imagine how it tastes. ;)

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  7. Amazing adaption...love the strawberry...Grumpy is a very lucky man to be your tester....would love some!~

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  8. Lovely baking and decorating going on here Shelby!

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  9. Hhhmmm.... I'd love to subscribe but I don't see a form to the right. I see a network through Delicious (I added you) and a group on Facebook but no form.

    What am I missing?

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  10. The oreo cake looks beautiful and delicious but that tiramisu is calling my name and making me drool.

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  11. mmmm I think that oreo cake looks delish!

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  12. Either one would be dangerous to my waistline! The oreo cake looks especially tantalizing however.

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  13. I'm with Grumpy and love white chocolate too!!!

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  14. both desserts look to die for! I'm drooling over here

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  15. what decadent treats! your pics are always SO gorgeous!

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  16. These both look awesome! I like the idea of the tiramisu because, um, I hate coffee. I know that's awful of me, but I just can't get into tiramisu because of it!

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  17. I am beyond delighted that you and Grumpy love the cake. Thank you so much for the kind words and for showcasing it. I cant wait to receive the book:)

    Marthes dessert sounds quite wonderful as well, gorgeous photos, my dear friend!

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  18. Gorgeous, delicious, so eye appealing. Love the desserts and that recipe is certainly one to try. Thanks for the enjoyable post and photo show.

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  19. Both Donna's cake and the Marthe's tiramisu are gorgeous! Congrats to them! I'll have to bookmark the white chocolate tiramisu to make for my husband as he also loves white chocolate!

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  20. How delicious, it has all that I love!

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  21. I'm having a sugar rush just looking at those beautiful, mouth watering photos! Oh, my, they are awesome!

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  22. Those desserts looks delish! I've heard a lot about that oreo cake but never seen it until now! My girls would love it!

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  23. They bot sound amazing, but I think I'm definitely going to have to try that cake! Beautiful! And I like Donna's blog, she's a hoot!

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  24. Just beautiful Shelby. You did a great job with two yummy desserts.

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  25. I think my dad would love that oreo cake and my mom that tiramisu. She like Grumpy loves raspberry and is fond of white chocolate.
    ~ingrid

    Btw, I agree Donna has a ton of wonderful recipes. I've made many of them though oddly enough only savory ones. She's riot!

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