Tiramisu is the famous Italian dessert. The word Tiramisu in Italian means pick me up. My love for Italian food always leads me to try new Italian restaurant. Every single time I've checked out the dessert menu and warned Ranjit, my husband that I will be ordering Tiramisu but by the time I'm done with the soup and main course, I rarely have any space left to even think of dessert. Last time, I had a friend with me who agreed to share the Tiramisu, even if I was too full after the meal. Finally after 3years of wanting to have it, I actually had it. The bitterness of coffee and the sweet cheese filling were playing on my palate as it passed through my throat, I could feel the warmth of the alcohol; I loved every bit of it.. Now that I've tasted it, I might actually cut down on my main course and save space for this heavenly dessert.
Even while tasting it, I said my next experiment would be to bake Tiramisu to perfection. But finally, when I got down to my research, I found that it is a no bake dessert, lucky for me, as I still am without an oven in this Christmas season.
It is a simple dessert to make if you have mascarpone cheese, whipped cream, espresso and ladys finger (finger shaped cookies) available. If you are living in India none of these are available but we do get Amul cream, Marie biscuit and Bru filter coffee readily available in most supermarkets around us. So you can make your own version of Tiramisu, which might not taste exactly same as the Italian restaurant version but it definitely tastes so good that you will want to make it again and again.
It tasted just perfect with the right balance of sweetness and a hint of coffee flavour and I could feel the warmth of the alcohol from the wine as it passed down my throat.
References SinFoodie and Easy Tiramisu recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Ingredients I used:
20 Marie biscuits (5 for each cup)
Coffee Soaking Syrup:
- ½ cup Coffee (I used Bru filter coffee)
- 1tbsp sugar
- 1cup Mascarpone cheese
- ¼ cup Homemade Red wine (optional)
- 2tbsp Coffee (concentrated filter coffee refrigerated)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Chocolate bar (refrigerated)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
1. Soften the Mascarpone cheese in a mixing bowl with the back of your spoon. Add the 2tbsp refrigerated coffee, vanilla extract, red wine and the sweetened whipped cream to the cheese.
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3. Dip the Marie biscuit into the strongly brewed coffee for 1sec each side, you have to make sure you don't dip it in for too long, so that they retain their shape.
4. Layer the dipped biscuits with the whipped cream and cheese mixture in a pan or in individual glasses or bowls in which the biscuit will fit in. I got three layers to fit into the wine glass I used to serve it. One layer consisted of - two coffee dipped Marie biscuits, topped with two spoons of the cheese-cream mixture. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.
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1. If you are using a baking dish, instead of individual serving cups, you should ideally refrigerate overnight.
2. The biscuits were slightly smaller than the diameter of the bulb of the wine glass, so I pushed them all onto one side so that we can see the layers instead of letting the cream cheese filling cover it up.
3. I used a grater to get chocolate shavings and it looks like a powder rather than shavings so use a peeler as I've mentioned.
Health and Nutrition
- It contains mascarpone cheese and milk cream which contain concentrated source of nutrition that you get from milk- good source of calcium, phosphorous, zinc, Vitamin A.
- The amount of calories is high so try eating small portions but since that might seem impossible after you taste it once. Just workout a little extra to indulge in this dessert guilt free.
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