Tiramisu – Autumn Comforts
Coffee dessert #1
Summer is a now a fading memory and now it is time for comfortable autumn evenings on the sofa, a warm tasty cup of coffee and of course something yummy to eat – why not combine the two!
Such amazing flavours are to come over the colder months from spiced lattes and nutty syrups to rum infused coffee shots, not to mention everything that you can eat too. Read on to find out my favourite coffee dessert.
Coffee chocolate – the marmite effect!
There seems to be a love hate relationship between coffee desserts and confectionary. There will be someone, somewhere, reading this right now thinking, “I love coffee, but I dislike coffee flavoured chocolates”. The leftovers in the chocolate tin at Christmas – I can’t stand them either! Every year I take the plunge and think this will be the year the coffee chocolate will amaze me – it doesn’t! However, I am always happy to have my opinion flipped – if I find a coffee flavoured chocolate that I actually like. Mental note: make my own – Quirky Coffee Co chocolates here I come!
Coffee chocolates aside, sorry to the lovers of these out there, let me tell you about my all-time favourite coffee dessert, TIRAMISU! Perhaps a predictable choice with so many recipes out there fighting for the spot of ‘best tiramisu’ but this recipe, in my opinion, beats them all. Therefore I have placed this on the gold medal podium of coffee desserts!
I am not going to give you the nutritional value to this dessert or any other dessert mentioned on my website. All you need to know is it tastes magnificent and probably not good for you but hey, we all should indulge in naughty things in life once in a while.
Without doubt the go-to dessert where coffee is involved. This Italian delight is just that, A DELIGHT. This delicious addition to my blog takes pride of place in the top spot not only because of how it tastes but also because my dearest Italian friend gave me her recipe and wow – it is the only way to make it!
The meaning of tiramisu
Before moving on any further did you know that tiramisu (from the Italian language) means “pick me up” or “cheer me up”. Need we say anymore!
Light and fluffy and even better when made with Quirky Coffee, my favourite to use is Organic Sumatra Mandheling – yes, I know that is a plug right there!
As well as light and fluffy this tiramisu recipe has the most decadent creamy texture like no other, I have tried. A delicate dessert that is so wonderfully moreish with every mouthful. This coupled with the strong espresso that the savoiardi biscuits have been dipped in is a marriage made in heaven. All topped off with a sprinkling, or shavings, of exquisite dark cocoa!
Now for the recipe…
You will need:
- Savoiardi biscuits
Sainsbury’s sell them, but I am sure you can find them in many supermarkets. If you can’t find them then use sponge ladyfingers as an alternative
- Mascarpone cheese
- Cocoa powder or dark chocolate shavings
- Oh! You’ll need a square/rectangular dish
So, you will clearly see that I have not given any exact measurements of these ingredients. Why not? Well this recipe is from my Italian friend and it came from her mother, and her mother before her… find me an Italian who cooks from the heart that would give you exact measurements? None!
- Prepare your coffee – including one to drink for yourself 🙂
- Eggs – 2 for every 250g pot of mascarpone. Separate the yolks from the whites in two different bowls.
- Sugar – 1 tablespoon of sugar to every egg yolk. Add more to induldge if you have a sweet tooth!
- Whisk the egg whites until they become a firm foam.
- Add the 250g pot (or more if you are feeding an army) to the egg yolks and mix together, slowly.
- Mix the two bowls together. I find it easier to fold in the egg white foam to the egg yolk mixture.
- Dip each of the savoiardi biscuits into your brewed coffee.
- Start to create a layer at the bottom of your dish.
- Then start to layer the cream on top of the layer of coffee infused savoiardi biscuits.
- Repeat as many times as you can finishing with a layer of cream
- Finish with a sprinkling of the dark cocoa or shaving of a good dark chocolate.
Place in the fridge for a few hours – overnight is best but if you are like me and cannot wait until the next day to eat such a majestic dessert then, a few hours it is!
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