Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tiramisu - Italian dessert

Lets start off with something sweet.

Tiramisu is an Italian cake dipped in coffee and layered with whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. I fell in love with this Italian dessert when I first had it at California Pizza Kitchen (which is a chain restaurant). Traditionally this cake is made with mascarpone cheese but I started looking for it's substitute as the store didn't have mascarpone on shelf that day. A mixture of cream cheese and sour cream was used to replace mascarpone and it turned out so well I have been using it since. Eggs are also omitted from the traditional recipe


1  package lady fingers
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp whipping cream or heavy cream
1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream (to make whipped cream)
4 tbsp confectioners or powdered sugar
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
Cocoa powder for dusting
Semi-Sweet Chocolate shaved or grated


Whisk cream cheese,sour cream and 2 tbsp whipping cream with electric mixer until fluffy. (This is substitute for Mascarpone cheese)

Whisk heavy cream until it becomes slightly thick and then add confectioners/powdered sugar and whip it again until soft peaks forms.(This is your whipped cream). Leave 1/2 cup whipped cream aside and fold the remaining into the cream cheese  mixture.

Now dip the lady fingers one by one in coffee and line them in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the above mixture and spread evenly on top of the lady fingers. Repeat same layers again ending with  whipped cream on top. Dust cocoa powder on the top and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Refrigerate Tiramisu overnight and enjoy.

Quick Tips-:

1. For shaved chocolate use a vegetable peeler and you will get perfect shavings.
2. You don't have to buy confectioners sugar. If you have time you can put some granulated sugar in a blender and blend it until it is smooth in texture.    

1 comment:

  1. For Bithday I made this one as per my kids request. Turned out really great. Some people said they will give me order to make for them.