Biscottiramisu — Etimek Dessert




  • 1.5 cup organic sugar
  • 1.5 cup water




Start by caramelizing the 1.5 cups of sugar in a pan on the stove in high heat. Once caramelized, slowly add 1.5 cups of boiling water. The hardened sugar will slowly melt and form a dark brown syrup as it boils for 5 minutes. Let it chill for another 5 minutes.

Lay the 12 slices of Biscotte toast on a baking pan 3x4. Slowly pour the syrup on each slice until they are fully moist. While the biscottes soak the syrup start preparing the pudding.

In a pot mix sugar, flour, corn starch and egg, slowly add milk and continue whisking until homogeneous. Turn the heat on, let it come to boil and keep boiling for 2–3 minutes. Let it chill for another couple of minutes. Add the 4-oz cream cheese and vanilla and whisk until all the pudding is homogeneous.

Pour the pudding on the biscottes. Let it cool in the fridge for an hour.

The third and final step is making the icing, which is a homemade whipped cream. Whip the sugar, vanilla and heavy cream mixture until it turns into whipped cream.

When the dessert is cold enough, decorate with the whipped cream and any additional toppings. I personally like to use edible sparkling gold dust.

The Story

It is a tradition in Turkey to form a group of ladies and take turns in hosting the entire group weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Also among the group they agree to collect money as a byproduct of this social event. Everyone for every visit gives the same amount of money to the host. By the end of a full rotation, everyone ends up collecting the same amount of money and possibly gaining a ton of weight from all the delicious food. Because this event is also where everyone competes -secretly- to be the best hostess and the best cook.

This dessert is one that I recall from my childhood, that I have had on several occasions in these social events.

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