By: Chef Rossella Rago, Cooking with Nonna
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:
- See Video HERE
- 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 9″ x 13″ pan (I used a glass Pyrex) and 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.