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How to make Limoncello

November in Sorrento...

November is Sorrento is the season in which we collect the green lemons for the Limoncello liquor.
2 weeks ago my mother and I collected the lemons from the Sant’Anna garden and we prepared the limoncello liquor for the entire family.
We follow our family recipe that my mother received from her mother (she would be 104 years old).
On Sunday we prepared a Limoncello Tiramisù Cake in order to taste the Limoncello we produced.
It was delicious…and I am happy to share our family recipe with all my Sant’Anna Friends!
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For 10 Person(s)

For the Lemon Curd:
    1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 large eggs
    2 large egg yolks
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the Filling:

    1 pound mascarpone cheese, room temperature
    2 1/2 cups heavy cream
    1/4 cup confectioners sugar 

For the Soak: 

    2 cups limoncello
    3/4 cups water
    about 60 ladyfinger cookies
    fresh lemon slices for decorating


To make the lemon curd:
  • In a bowl, whisk the whole eggs and egg yolks together and set aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed sauce pan combine the sugar, zest, juice and egg mixture together and whisk on a medium low heat until mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. About 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in butter and then remove from heat when it's melted.
  • Pour the lemon curd through a fine mesh strainer into another bowl straining out any lumps. Press plastic wrap directly into the lemon curd and cool to room temperature before using.
To make the filling:       
  • Scoop out 1/4 cup of the cooled Lemon Curd and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the remaining cooled lemon curd with the softened mascarpone cheese. Mix with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Set aside.
  • Using clean beaters in a separate bowl combine the heavy cream and confectioners sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold half of the whipped cream into the mascarpone/lemon curd mixture until well combined. Set aside.

To make the soak:
  • In a shallow dish with high sides combine the Limoncello and water.
  • Dip each lady finger cookie into the Limoncello mixture and lay them into a 9x13 pan (I used a glass Pyrex) break the cookies to fit them in if necessary. I did two rows of 7 cookies vertically and two rows of 2 cookies horizontally, but just make sure the cookies fit nicely together.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the lemon filling over the first layer of cookies. Add another layer of cookies and spread the remaining lemon filling over them. Add a third layer of cookies and top with the remaining whipped cream.
  • Using the remaining 1/4 cup of lemon curd, spoon it over the top of the whipped cream and use the back of a small spoon to make swirly designs. Decorate with fresh lemon slices. 

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