As you can see, I struggled to take a photo of this pudding before I had eaten most of it. Just me. Yes, I ate nearly all of it, on my own. I intended to take it next door and foist a portion on Jane, but I went over, she wasn’t there, I had a spoon… You know how it is. Neil didn’t like it because of the coffee and lack of marsala wine but, despite agreeing on the marsala situation, I managed to force it down.


400g Mascapone cheese

200g ladyfinger biscuits (at the risk of being lynched I’m going to confess I don’t really like these and tend to use madeira cake instead – you choose)

4 tbslpnbls Marsala wine or sherry or booze of preference

350ml filter coffee

4 eggs, separated (but no arguing about custardy of the children ah ha haaa humph)

125g granulated sugar

pinch of salt

cocoa powder

Line the bottom of your dish with half of the madeira/lady fingers and then spoon over half the coffee and booze.

Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until it’s smooth, thick and pale. Add the mascarpone and stir until its evenly mixed. Whisk egg whites until stiff and then add a pinch of salt. Gently fold into the yolk mixture and then spoon half of it over the biscuit/cake base. Make another layer of cake/biscuit/coffee/booze and then another of the mascarpone. Finally, sprinkle a layer of cocoa over the top – but keep it thin – see above for adding too much cocoa and having to scrape it off into the dish to avoid the cloying, dusty mouth event that follows.

Invite friends and wow with pudding making skills.


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