Submitted by Starscr292
6 oz. mascarpone cheese*
2/3 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
3 oz. pkg. french vanilla instant pudding, made to directions
1/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/4 c. marsala wine
2 pkgs. crisp lady fingers (available in the Italian aisle of most groceries, do NOT use the sponge type)
2-1/2 c. espresso coffee or strong coffee, warmed
unsweetened cocoa powder, for garnish
dark chocolate shavings, for garnish
Place cheese in large bowl and let soften. With electric mixer, beat cream and
1/4 c. sugar until soft peakfs form. Fold cream into cheese.
Mix prepared pudding, melted and cooled chocolate, and marsala wine. Fold
into cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate.
Whish warm coffee and 1/4 c. sugar. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with plastic
wrap, allowing plastic to extend over sides. Working with 1 cookie at a time,
quickly dip 8 cookies in coffee and arrange in single layer, side by side,
over bottom of pan.
Spoon 1/3 of cheese mixture over cookies. Repeat 2 more times and end
with layer of cookies. Press lightly to compact an dfold over with plastic. Chill
at least 6 hours.
Unwrap and invert on platter. Remove plastic. Sift cocoa and sprinkle
with chocolate shavings over top.
* - In the event marscapone is not available, or you don't want to pay so much for it, (it's not horrendously expensive, but a little pricey), you may want to try one of these substitutes - (1) Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup whipping cream, or (2) blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1 tablespoon cream or butter or milk, or (3) Blend 6 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup cream (or Montrachet).