Sunday 1 June 2014

Tiramisu With A Twist

An exclusive from Niloufer's Kitchen

Lemon and Passionfruit Tiramisu 

This tiramisu is easy to put together as most ingredients are bought ready made. 

Cheating? I guess I must agree; but a delicious cheating no doubt.

On a double boiler melt 

100gms/3 1/2ozs white chocolate

In a bowl mix 

1 1/2 cups sugarcane syrup
1/2 cup Limoncillo
Juice from one lemon

In another bowl whip chilled 1 1/2 cups whipping cream

In a third bowl  beat with electric beaters

1 1/2 cups cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
dash of salt
Mix in 
1 cup/250ml passion fruit curd at room temperature
1 cup/250ml lemon curd at room temperature
Fold in the whipped cream
Fold in the melted white chocolate


Soak 24 savoyardi biscuits in the lemon and sugar syrup
In the bowl spoon a 1/4th of the lemon cream mix.
Lay over the soaked biscuits, top with more cream and repeat the cream.
Tuck the biscuits on the side of the bowl and over the cream for a second time and finish off with the rest of the cream and curd mixture. 
Cover and chill overnight.


The biscuits are ready made available in most supermarkets. Simply make the syrup mix in a flatter bowl and quickly tumble them over 3 at a time.
The curd is ready in a bottle of 250ml.
This should serve 20 persons.
Use clean beaters to whip the cream. Use only 35% and not table cream.
The same beaters can be then used to beat the cream cheese and sugar. It will not work the other way around!
Limoncillo is an Italian lemon liquor made with lemon and vodka. You can substitute it for half lemon vodka and half lemon juice.
Sugar cane syrup is available in most Liquor stores.
Cream cheese must be plain and not flavoured. Mascoporne is the best alternate.

For the original click here Tiramisu

Recipes from my cookbook The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine available here.


Smita Byramji Mama LOVED it - Niloufer Mavalvala made it for us yest - def a winner!


  1. This looks really good and perfect for a party I'm about to host. Just a quick question: what to substitute limoncillo with? I'm Muslim :)

    1. Hi Zain,
      You can make a thick lemon syrup with sugar in it and omit the cane sugar all together.
      So take 1 cup of lemon juice, 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar. Mix it until it all melts on a low heat. Once you are sure every crystal of sugar has melted bring it to a boil and allow it to thicken. When you stir it and remove the spoon let the liquid drip of the spoon. If it comes down in a very thin thread like droplet; it is done. Sticky to touch between the fingers. Should be fine.
      Alternately boil the limoncillo and the low alcohol content will evaporate. Idea is to have lemon in it not the vodka.
      Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Thoroughly enjoyed your “Tiramisu With A Twist.” Royally rich and the blend of various fruity flavours made it a delightfully delicious variation on the theme of Tiramisu.