Have you every been kissed by a charming woman who’s smoking? Somebody really gorgeous like Audrey Hepburn or Sofia Loren? Well, I can ensure you that the it would be a mix of sweet and bitter taste, exactly like our ‘Smoky Madame Kisses‘ are!
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I’ve decided to rename this recipe “Smoking Madame Kisses” getting inspired by the Italian name of the traditional sweets ‘Baci di Dama‘.The authentic recipe includes three main ingredients: Amaretti biscuits (almond based traditional Italian dry cookies), Mascarpone cheese and coffee. On the top you can spread either cocoa powder or coconuts flakes.
But, as you know, I like to adapt every recipe adding tea instead. So I’ve decide to substitute coffee with the smoky aroma of Lapsang Souchong tea and the bitterness of cocoa: the result tasted like a real kiss from a diva!
#ilBollitore always goes for Tea
Why Lapsang? Well, try to think about the best paring for a cigar… isn’t that a pure 100% dark chocolate? In the same way I’ve tried to pare the soft cheese, and the characteristic almond biscuits, with the unique smoky aroma of Lapsang Chines tea.
I’ve decided to make ‘Tea Baci di Dama’ as dessert for a dinner with friends here in Tokyo, so even if the procedure of making these buscuits it’s pretty simple, the main problem might be represented by the ingredients…which I though impossible to find in Japan!
Luckily I was wrong and I could find both Italian Mascarpone and Amaretti biscuit in an international supermarket (F.Y.I: KALDI’S COFFEE is the best place for every kind of international food!).
3 MAGIC INGREDIENTS (+1):
- Amaretti Biscuits (2 boxes)
- Mascarpone Cheese (500 gr)
- Coffee (or Tea!)
As I’ve said you before, I’ve decided to go for a really unusual ingredient using the black Chinese tea Lapsang Souchong, which is characterized by a natural smoky aroma, instead of coffee. (Also this tea is really easy to find in Tokyo, you can pursue it in well-known tea shops such as Mariage Frères in Ginza or Ebisu station).
3 MAGIC TOUCH
1. After brewing a teapot of Lapsang Tea (4 gr. are more then enough for a 500 ml teapot, be careful: do remove the leaves after 4 minutes brewing in order to avoid extra bitterness!), just dip each Amaretti biscuit for one second in the tea infusion.
2. Spread one spoon of Mascarpone cheese on a tea dipped biscuit and cover it with another Amaretto.
3. Cover your plate of dark cocoa
Et voilà! That’s it…Isn’t it fascinating?
Keep your enchanting plate in the fridge till the last moment before serving it and surprise your friends with a Smoky Madame Kiss!
Words and Pics by Elisa Da Rin
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