An Italian dessert of universal popularity. It was a food fave almost two decades ago and now has become a common household name. Many good supermarkets and delis have it ready in all shapes and sizes. The key ingredient is mascarpone; a delightful cream cheese which is apparently best described as cloud like and heavenly by the Italians!
The literal translation of the word Tiramisu means "pick me up". It is flavoured with coffee and coffee liqueur. It is always fun to try new things and one can get creative and try it with a combination of berries and rum, lemon curd and limoncello, rum and raisins and whatever else you fancy that day !!
1 1/4 cup whipping cream
500 gms mascarpone cheese
11/4 cup fine sugar
Instant coffee granules
shavings of dark chocolate
In a bowl beat 11/4 cup of cream till soft peaks are formed
Keep aside, but it should remain cold.
In another bowl beat only till smooth
500gms of cream cheese preferably mascarpone, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup fine powdered sugar
pinch of salt
In a pan heat till melted
2 1/2 tbsp coffee liqueur; Kahlua or Tia Maria
1 ½ tbsp strong coffee granules
Cool and pour into the cream cheese mixture and fold it in gently with a spatula.
In another pan heat till dissolved
6 ozs of water
3 tsp of coffee
3 tbsp sugar
add to this
1 ½ tbsp coffee liqueur; Tia maria or Kahlua
Pour into a bowl to cool.
36 ladyfinger biscuits or sponge cake cut in fingers.
Soak the ladyfinger one at a time in the coffee espresso, arranging at the bottom of your bowl. Pour 1/3rd of the cream cheese mixture. Now arrange the rest of the ladyfingers on the side of the bowl and on top of the cream cheese and pour the remaining half of the cream cheese mixture. Top up with one more layer of soaked ladyfinger biscuits and cover with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Decorate with chocolate shavings.
Lady fingers are called savoiardi in Italian and available in most supermarkets. It is possible for people who bake to make them at home if it is simpler then finding them in your local store.
Using a favourite cream cheese will also make the Tiramisu. Choose a creamy one for richness.
The same dessert can be made by using thin layers of sponge cake and layering it. Use a springform pan if you are not sure of it standing up, or slicing the cake perfectly. it stores well, and cuts well. Dress each plate individually to make it look attractive.
This recipe will make two bowls of pudding as shown in the picture. Serves 20 people.