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Los Angeles during the holiday season can be a weird place. The city of transplants grinds to a halt as everyone flocks back to the clapboard farm house, regal brownstone, or suburban cookie cutter from whence they came. The people left– the ones who couldn’t be bothered to go back, couldn’t get off work, or by some freak accident are actually from LA– are left trying to piece together some sort of civilized potluck gathering, that usually just drunkenly devolves in the food fight from Hook.
In theory, potlucks sound so simple. It should be all about sharing, community, and bountiful amounts of food. In practice, potlucks can be more stressful than having to go home and chaperone your drunk nana at the family’s Christmas party. Some asshole will inevitably forget to bring his dish or not bring what he promised. Seriously dude? You were going to bring a turkey and you just brought a box of Milanos? Then the rest of you are left scrambling trying to get enough food from the meager amount that is on the table. Forks are wielded, teeth are shown, and claws come out. It’s not pretty and it’s certainly not what the season of giving is about.
This holiday season don’t be the dude that doesn’t deliver. Instead, be THE Dude. The Dude wouldn’t get all up in arms about making some elaborate dish but he wouldn’t come empty handed either. This year, impress your potluck of misfits with a dessert so simple even the Dude could make it. Trust me, it definitely abides.
White Russian Tiramisu
• 3 eggs, separated
• ¾ cup sugar
• 1 (8-oz) container mascarpone cheese
• ½ cup heavy cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 ½ cups coffee, room temp
• 2 shots (2 oz) vodka
• 1 shot (1 oz) coffee liquor (Kahlua)
• 1 box Nilla wafers
• Cocoa powder for dusting
1. Beat together yolks and ½ cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes. Mix in the mascarpone cheese.
2. Beat the egg whites in another bowl with clean beaters until they hold stiff peaks. Add in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and combine. In another bowl, beat cream and vanilla extract until it holds soft peaks.
3. Combine cream, eggs whites, and cheese mixture together.
4. In another bowl (yes, you are going to use every bowl you have), combine vodka, coffee liquor, and coffee together. Soak each wafer for 4-5 seconds on both sides, and layer the bottom of a 2 qt baking dish with soaked cookies. Spread half the cream mixture over the cookie layer. Add another cookie layer and top with the remaining cream. Dust with cocoa powder and chill for 6 hours or overnight.