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    Black-Bottomed Tiramisu Pie

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    1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (30 cookies or 4 oz)
    2 Tbsp sugar
    1 tsp instant coffee granules
    1/3 cup butter, melted
    2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

    4 egg yolks
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 tsp unflavoured gelatin
    3 Tbsp brandy, warmed
    12 oz Mascarpone cheese, softened (1-1/2 cups)
    3/4 cup whipping cream
    1 Tbsp coffee-flavoured liqueur
    2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tsp instant coffee granules

    2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    Shaved chocolate (optional)

    In a bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, sugar and coffee granules.
    Drizzle with butter, stirring until well combined. Press evenly
    into bottom and side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the centre of
    a 375 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack to room

    In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot (but not boiling) water,
    melt chocolate, stirring occasionally. With a spatula or the back
    of a spoon, gently spread over inside of pie shell. Refrigerate
    for 10 minutes or until chocolate is stiff.

    In a heatproof bowl, beat egg yolks until pale and starting to
    thicken. Place over a saucepan of simmering water. Add sugar in a
    thin steady stream, beating constantly until tripled in volume and
    has the consistency of softly whipped cream, about 4 minutes. Scrape
    down bowl occasionally. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, sprinkle
    gelatin over brandy; let stand for 1 minute. Beat into egg mixture
    for 30 seconds.

    Place Mascarpone in a separate large bowl. Beat in egg mixture on
    low speed until smooth. In another bowl, whip cream; fold into
    Mascarpone mixture. Transfer half into a separate bowl. Stir together
    liqueur, cocoa and coffee granules until granules are dissolved.
    Fold into one of the bowls. Scrape coffee mixture into prepared
    crust, smoothing with rubber spatula. Refrigerate for 15 minutes
    or until softly set. Gently spread remaining cheese mixture over

    With a fine sieve, sprinkle cocoa powder over pie. If desired,
    decorate edge of pie with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate for 6
    hours or until fully set.




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