Have you ever had a Happy Accident?
It’s one of those times when things do NOT go as planned. They veer off track, but somehow the unexpected outcome is far better than what you were originally hoping for.
Well, it’s happened to me a few times, but once in particular, I was lucky to discover Peach Tiramisu!
Here’s how it went down.
A few years ago traveling in Italy, my friend and I hopped on the WRONG train to Florence. Realizing our mistake, we jumped off at the next stop. To reorient, we grabbed a bite to eat at a tiny restaurant next to the train station in a little town whose name I never caught.
It turned out to be a happy accident because it was one of the BEST meals I ate in Italy!
Then, in another twist of fate at the end of the meal, the waitress brought me a different dessert than requested from the dessert case. (It was one of those point and mime situations)
She brought an amazing Peach Tiramisu, which I never even knew existed.
Feeling nostalgic for that Italy trip this week, I made my own Peach Tiramisu. Instead of rum, I used whisky and added sliced peaches to the mascarpone layers of the dessert.
The result was delicious and took me back to that day that went awry with hidden surprises.
Recipe (Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Classic Tiramisu Recipe)
1 cup strong coffee, room temp
5 tablespoons of whiskey
3 large egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 peaches, diced
1. Stir coffee and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of whiskey and set aside
2. Beat egg yolks at low speed until combined. Add sugar and salt and beat at medium speed until they are pale yellow. Add remaining whiskey and beat for 30 seconds. Add mascarpone cheese and beat for 45 seconds. Set aside.
3. Beat heavy cream until frothy (1 to 2 minutes) and continue to beat until stiff peaks form (additional 1 to 2 minutes) Fold 1/3 of heavy cream into mascarpone mixture, then carefully fold remaining cream in until there are no more white streaks. Set aside.
4. Drop half the ladyfingers into coffee mixture for a few seconds and arrange into a 8X8 baking dish. Spread mascarpone on the lady fingers and then drop 1/2 of the diced peaches on top. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, mascarpone, and peaches.
5. Use a strainer to dust the cocoa on top of the tiramisu, and let it set in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours. This actually gets more delicious the longer it sets.
Have you ever had a Happy Accident when it came to enjoying a meal? Tell me about it.