Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adults Only Tiramisu

With the amount of alcohol in this recipe, I had to warn my daughter not to drive after eating this luscious Italian dessert. Her probationary license stipulates zero alcohol content in your system, and I'm sure a breathalyser test would have registered way up there after only a couple of mouthfuls. Luckily only the biscuits are quickly "dipped" into this potent brew, otherwise we'd all end up happily tipsy, not that that would be an issue. I must confess I have only made Tiramisu once before, and that was due to a request from my eldest when she turned 16. Because she was "grown up" in her eyes, the customary birthday cake made way for this "adults only" dessert. Maybe it was her way of consuming alcohol right under my nose, instead of waiting for a party with her friends!! She is now 24, well and truly grown up, and I'm happy that I have an excuse to make it again. So are the dessert deprived members of this family. They all think HHDD is fabulous, because they can indulge in the rare treat of desserts after a meal. When I told my youngest what the theme for this month was going to be, she insisted we shop for the ingredients immediately. I wonder if her enthusiasm would have been the same had the theme been some savoury dish. I think not.
Alexandra, from Addicted Sweet Tooth, the deserved winner of the last round of Hay Hay it's Donna Day, a fun event now under the wing of Bron Marshall, has chosen Tiramisu for this months challenge. This is a no-bake (right up my alley when it comes to desserts), rich Italian dessert, that literally translates as "pick me up" or "make me happy/less sad". We all know the virtues of coffee, chocolate and alcohol, each providing a momentary state of euphoria. Combine them all together and what do you get? An exhilarating uplift with every spoonful, equally addictive as the individual ingredients can be on their own. Just don't drive for a while. Enjoy your happiness.


Prep time: 30 minutes

2 hours refrigeration


300 ml espresso coffee

3 ½ tblsp Marsala

2 tblsp Kilkenny cream (coffee and chocolate liqueur)

2 tblsp brandy

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

3 eggs separated

75 g caster sugar

300 g mascarpone

Cocoa for dusting

100 g good quality dark chocolate, grated

Savoiardi biscuits

Chill six 300 ml glasses. Combine coffee, coffee liqueur, brandy marsala and vanilla in a large bowl and set aside.

In a bowl beat egg yolks with sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in mascarpone. Beat eggwhites intil soft peaks form, then fold into the mascarpone mixture.

Dust the base of each glass with a little cocoa and sprinkle with some of the grated chocolate. Add a spoonful of the mascarpone mixture to each glass. Quickly dip the biscuits, a few at a time, into the coffee mixture and arrange in a single layer on top of the mascarpone, breaking biscuits to fit if required. Dust with cocoa and chocolate and then repeat layers again, finishing with mascarpone. Leave to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge and then dust again with cocoa and grated chocolate.


Sweet Tooth said...

I really enjoyed reading your "Ode to Tiramisu". How well described. And the mixture of alcohol for soaking - hmmm. Definitely no driving after that - I would have to invite myself for a sleep-over and then have second helpings.

Thank you for your entry,


Jeanine said...

What beautiful tiramisu! Love the individual servings. Awesome pics as well. :)

the Aspirant Abecedarian said...

The pictures are beautiful and the tiramisu looks and sounds delicious. I have never made tiramisu but this is inspiring. Thanks!

Pam said...

You're welcome anytime Alexandra. Good luck with the roundup.

Pam said...

Thanks Jeanine, someone else liked the pics too, because it's now on Tastespotting. Single serves were intended to allow equal portions, so that nobody missed out!

Pam said...

Thank you Aspirant, I hope you try making these one day. They're a real treat for a dinner party.

Bron said...

Your Tiramisu may be for "adults only" but I'm sure it would bring out the kid in me! ;-) Looks scrumptious!

Suzana said...

Adults Only? Hmmmm... I think I can apply! Looks luscious indeed - well done Pam. :)

Barbara said...

Looks great and sounds wonderful too.

ChichaJo said...

Yay! I can certainly have these! :) Sounds decandent!

Anonymous said...

I'll have two of these on Friday night please. I'm only a little boy and understand they are adults only, but can you make an exception this time around. I promise i'll be good!!!!!

Pam said...

Hi Bunny, no time for Friday night dinner, (I work you know). Maybe next time your home a bit longer OK?

Denise said...

Looks wonderful and I be it tase=tes great!