The Cool House: Tiramisu Therapy

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tiramisu Therapy

For Jean Martha who posted a recipe for Tiramisu that called for Vanilla Pudding. Who would put vanilla pudding in a recipe for Tiramisu? That is just plain wrong. I was so affronted I left her a comment and she suggested I make my version for her.
So here it is, pure, simple and deliciously light. My personal tiramisu critics tell me I should consider adding some thinly sliced poached pear to the layers, to which I say: Go make your version so I can judge for myself.

Ultimate Easy Tiramisu

8 oz ladyfingers
8 oz mascarpone
2 oz confectioner's sugar
2 eggs - yolks and whites separated
2 dessertspoons amaretto, cointreau or brandy
cocoa powder
strong coffee

Lightly whip the egg yolks, confectioner's sugar and the liqueur. Add mascarpone and mix until combined. In a separate bowl whip beat egg whites until stiff and carefully fold into the mascarpone mix.
Dunk the ladyfingers in the coffee and place them in the bottom of a glass dish. Pour over the mascarpone cream, and repeat the layers.
Let it set for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator then sift over cocoa powder just before serving.
Serves 6.

You can also make a holiday version, Belgian Tiramisu, with spicy, buttery Speculaas/Speculoos cookies. Unfortunately they aren't easy to come by in the US and I can't believe the price here. But it is very festive and yummy and luckily I have a secret smuggler supplier. Just replace the ladyfingers with the speculaas.

1 comment:

Jean Martha said... was the "entertaining simple" book that said that, not me. I haven't made it yet. I still need to get to the liquor store...

Feel free to drop a quart off at my office. :)