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27 August 2010, 02:21
I <3 tiramisu! Creamy, coffee laden layers of sponge, it is an impressive looking dessert but is so simple to whip up. I kinda have issues with uncooked eggs in desserts so after sifting thru some recipes online this is what I've come up with.
1 cup thickened cream
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 cups strong coffee or espresso
4 Tbsp Tia Maria (or coffee liqueur)
250g mascarpone cheese
Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for decoration
20 lady fingers or sponge cake for the layers
First brew your coffee in a bowl. I used about 3 spoons of coffee + 2 cups of water. If you like a stronger taste just add more coffee. Make sure the bowl is wide enough to be able to fit a sponge finger. Place in fridge to cool.
Whip 1 cup of thickened cream to stiff peaks.
In a separate bowl, whip the 250g mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 Tbsp of Tia Maria until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want it more boozy add more liquer if not you can always omit it to make it kid friendly.
Fold the cheese mixture into the whipped cream. Set aside.
Get your coffee from the fridge and dip the lady fingers or sponge cake for about 5seconds into the coffee before placing into lined springform tin. I like em squishy and filled with coffee so I tend to leave it in there longer just before it disintegrates
If you’re gonna use the lady fingers for a pretty decorative edge
set some aside now line the tin with unsoaked lady fingers now! Then layer your soaked lady fingers. Don’t worry about the gaps it’ll be filled with glorious cream.
Spread half the cream + cheese mixture over lady fingers
And repeat! Place remaining coffee soaked lady fingers on top
And place remaining half of cream + cheese mixture on top
Top with sprinkled cocoa or chocolate shavings. Important: Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before removing from springform pan! Cut lady fingers to same size and arrange on the outside. (Sidenote: now that I think about it you could probably place the decorative sides inside the pan instead of sticking them on after the tiramisu is refrigerated hmm). Tie together with a pretty ribbon and tadah you’re done!
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