"Tara" Misu

This Southern interpretation of a popular Italian dessert features the flavors of peaches, cream, and pralines.

Yield:

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Recipe from

Recipe Time

Prep: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
Cook: 27 Minutes
Other: 8 Hours, 30 Minutes

Ingredients

1 (6-ounce) package dried peaches
3/4 cup peach nectar
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 (3-ounce) packages ladyfingers, split
1/2 cup peach nectar
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Fresh peach slices (optional)

Preparation

Combine dried peaches and 3/4 cup peach nectar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes. Process cooled peaches and cooking liquid in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Combine mascarpone cheese and 1 cup whipping cream in a medium bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and thickened. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and peach puree, mixing well. Set aside.

Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, water, cream of tartar, and pecans in a heavy saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; boil 5 minutes, without stirring (mixture will be the color of molasses). Immediately pour pecan mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet; cool 20 minutes. Break cooled pralines into pieces; process in batches in food processor until mixture resembles coarse brown sugar. Set aside, reserving 1/4 cup praline mixture for garnish.

Line bottom and sides of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan with 1 1/2 packages ladyfingers, cut side in, forming a double layer on bottom of pan. Combine 1/2 cup peach nectar and peach schnapps in a small bowl; drizzle half of peach schnapps mixture over ladyfingers in bottom of pan. Sprinkle half of praline mixture over ladyfingers. Spoon mascarpone cheese mixture over praline layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining half of praline mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 package ladyfingers; drizzle with remaining peach schnapps mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Beat 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Remove sides of springform pan; spread top evenly with sweetened whipped cream. Top with fresh peach slices, if desired, and reserved 1/4 cup praline mixture. Store in refrigerator.

Note:

Jean Russ, Atlanta, Georgia,

Southern Living Cook-Off Cookbook

July 2004