This is just perfect for a summer pudding :o)
• 250g mascarpone
• 2 heaped tbs icing sugar
• 1 vanilla pod
• 250ml double cream
• 2 oranges
• 50 ml framboise or strawberry liqueur (optional)
• 12 sponge fingers (savoiardi biscuits)
• 1 punnet strawberries, hulled and sliced
Zest oranges and scrape seeds out of vanilla pod.
Add zest, vanilla and icing sugar to mascarpone and beat well. (It smells gorgeous at this point!)
Whip cream to soft peak stage.
Fold cream and mascarpone mixture together.
Juice oranges and add the framboise. (If you don't use framboise, add a bit more orange juice to make up the liquid volume.)
Dip half the sponge fingers into juice mixture so they've soaked it up but are not soggy; layer in a serving bowl.
Layer half the strawberries over the sponge fingers, then half the cream and mascarpone mixture over the strawberries.
Repeat layers, finishing with cream and mascarpone.
Garnish top with strawberries.
Kate's The Ex Who Hired Her and Dr Cinderella's Midnight Fling are still available on the eHarlequin website in the US and the Mills & Boon website in the UK. You can find out more about these books, and Kate, on her website (http://www.katehardy.com/) and her blog (http://katehardy.blogspot.com/)