My all time favorite dessert is tiramisu. I have loved coffee all my life and I’m a sucker for anything with a mouse like texture (enter my obsession with fresh whipped cream). I wanted to make something non-fussy for Christmas, so I decided to try out tiramisu a little bit in advance, to know if I had to tweak anything before the big day. It turned out delicious, I actually had to stick it in the freezer so I didn’t end up mindlessly eating the whole thing. I justified eating it for breakfast because 1) it has coffee and 2) there’s not too much sugar in it, so that translates into a breakfast food, right?
- 1 package of Lady Fingers (I bought mine from Trader Joe’s)
- 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup for heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons of Brandy
- 1 cup of strong coffee or espresso (I made decaf espresso because I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine)
- Stevia to taste
- Cocoa powder (unsweetened) or shaved bittersweet chocolate for the top
- 8x8 pan
Whip the heavy whipping cream in a bowl until it forms stiff peaks (it goes much quicker if the bowl is cold - stick it in the freezer 15 min ahead of time). Fold in the marscapone cheese, Brandy, and stevia to taste (I used just a little stevia because I prefer mine not super sweet, and you already have the sweetness of the ladyfiners).
Once all those ingredients are mixed, set the bowl aside and make the coffee. I used a Moka Pot because I rarely get the excuse to make espresso and it felt extra indulgent to use a rarely used kitchen tool to make a dessert. Once the coffee has cooled, dip the lady fingers in and cover the bottom of your pan, this makes the first level of the tiramisu. Cover the soaked lady fingers with half the whipped mixture. Repeat this one more and then finish it off by dusting the top with the cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
Let set in the fridge for a couple hours before you dig in. Note: the only thing I plan on doing differently when I make it again is to let the lady fingers soak in the coffee a few seconds more than I originally did. They seemed so fragile and I thought they would fall apart almost immediately, but they actually held together quite well and the coffee didn’t soak all the way through as I would have liked. So don’t be fooled by their delicate feel!
Unlike Em, I'm not the biggest tiramisu fan, but I defiantly sneak in a few bites of this pretty dessert (I can't deny my sweet tooth). Plus, it's always a crowd pleaser during the holiday season time.