Oh hey! Guess what?! Today is Valentine's Day!!
Noooooo.... it wasn't in November when WalMart started to throw boxes of pre-made iced sugar cookies on the shelves. As appetizing as that sounds...
Or in December when Target threw open the doors and filled every last crevice with red and white Saint Valen-tiny memorabilia.
OR January, when our local grocery store started to convince me that if I didn't pre-order my red roses RIGHT NOW, I'd be sorry, grow an awkward and unexplainable fungus on my foot, and die a lonely old maid.
Nope. It's today.
So my husband... my dear, sweet, beautiful husband... took me to IHOP for lunch and then (yes, it actually gets better) we went to Sam's Club... to buy a printer.
You don't have to say it.
Romance is alive and well, in the metro.
So in return, I smoothed down the hair on my legs and made Pumpkin Tiramasu.
What you'll need:
1 1/2 Cups whipping cream
1 Package of gelatin
3/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
1 Cup pumpkin puree
2 Packages ladyfingers or a loaf of pound cake, cut into "finger" sized strips
1/4+ Cup coffee liqueur (I used Sheridans, which is just about the best coffee chocolate flavored liqueur out there)
Crushed toffee bars (Buy four. Eat one. Use two for the tiramisu. Stash the other for that day.)
Dissolve gelatin in about 1/4 Cup whipping cream. Pour remainder whipping cream and gelatin-ized cream together, and beat with sugar, until peaks form. Add mascarpone cheese and pumpkin, and beat just until filling is smooth.
Line the bottom of a springform pan (my springform is on the small side, and it still works wonderfully) with 1 package ladyfingers, overlapping and crowding to fit. Sprinkle with a generous few tablespoons of liqueur. But don't be so generous, that there's none left for the juice glass that you may or may not have filled, for yourself. Spread half of the filling over the ladyfingers.
Repeat with the second package ladyfingers, remaining coffee liqueur, and remaining filling. Smooth. Wrap tightly in plastic, then foil. Chill overnight or at least, 6-8 hours.
It's beautiful, it's lovely, and Saint Valentine would be proud.
Proud, no doubt, that we've run his name and his message, through the chocolate and candy heart mud.
I pray you know love today... from a spouse, a partner, a dear friend, or a family member. I hope your dog or your cat can take a few minutes out of their busy, busy lives to show you how much you mean to them. But most of all, I hope you love yourself today... despite the fungus.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!