- 600g (1lb 5oz) strawberries, hulled
- 8tbsp Grand Marnier or Cointreau
- 65g (21/2oz) caster sugar
- 225g (8oz) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 225ml (8fl oz) boiling water
- 5tbsp milk
- around 150g (5oz) sponge fingers
- 250g (9oz) mascarpone
- 2 egg yolks plus 1 egg white
- 150ml (1/4pt) double cream
Slice half the strawberries and place in a bowl with 1tbsp Grand Marnier and a teaspoon of sugar. Halve the remainder and leave in another bowl with 1tbsp Grand Marnier and 2tsp sugar. Cover and set aside.
Melt the dark chocolate, then add the water a spoonful at a time. Keep stirring. It will thicken at first, but will be smooth once all the water is in. Set aside.
Warm the milk with the remaining Grand Marnier – dip enough sponge fingers to make two layers and place in the base of your dish.
Beat the mascarpone with the egg yolks and remaining sugar, add the cream and beat until thick. Beat the egg white until stiff. Fold it in.
Place a layer of sliced strawberries over the sponge fingers, followed by about a third of the mascarpone, then spoon over all the chocolate. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to set, then add the remaining sponge fingers dipped in the milk mix. Add the remaining mascarpone and top with the halved strawberries. Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.