This easy no-cook dessert is perfect for dinner parties as it’s quick to put together and only improves in the fridge.
Ingredients: 35g icing sugar, 225g mascarpone, 1 vanilla pod, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 tbsp Marsala, or sweet dessert wine such as vin santo, 170ml double cream, 4 sponge fingers, 225ml cold strong coffee, and grated chocolate, to decorate.
Directions: First, sift the icing sugar into the mascarpone. If using a vanilla pod, split it open and scrape out the seeds. Add the vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract) and Marsala to the mascarpone and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream until you reach the soft peak stage.
Mix the cream and mascarpone together and refrigerate if possible. Break the sponge fingers in two and very briefly dip them in the cold coffee. Divide them into the bottom of the serving glasses and spoon over the mascarpone mixture.
Grate a little chocolate on top before serving.