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From, "Great Lake Effects...Buffalo Beyond Winter and Wings," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cold espresso

  • 2 Tablespoons dark rum

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon creme de cacao

  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese

  • 1/4 cup dark rum

  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

  • 24 ladyfingers

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, grated

  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans


TO PREPARE:

Combine the espresso, 2 Tablespoons dark rum, 1 Tablespoon sugar and creme de cacao in a bowl and mix well. Combine the mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup dark rum, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well.

Beat the whipping cream with the confectioners' sugar in a mixer bowl.  Fold into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a mixer bowl until thickened.  Stir into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Fold in the egg whites.

Dip the ladyfingers into the espresso mixture.  Layer the ladyfingers, cheese mixture and grated chocolate 1/3 at a time in a trifle bowl.  Sprinkle with espresso beans. Chill until set.

SERVINGS:  10 - 12

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