Tiramisu is a popular coffee flavoured Italian dessert. In Italian, Tiramisu means “Pick me up”. The legendary dessert tastes so heavenly that it can actually “Pick you up” from the darkest of slumbers. The refreshing and dreamy tasting Tiramisu is like a Trifle pudding comprising of distinct layers. The bottom layer is formed by espresso coffee soaked ladyfinger biscuits. A fluffy liquor spiked mascarpone cheese and cream mixture forms the next layer. And lastly, cocoa or shaved chocolate makes the final impression!
Most traditional Tiramisu recipes use raw eggs in the mascarpone filling to give it a thick and creamy texture. But I always avoid recipes that use raw eggs. I am never comfortable with the idea of using uncooked eggs. That’s the reason I haven’t been able to do meringue cookies and meringue based frostings yet!
I have had Tiramisu at so many bakeries and restaurants earlier. And I had the classic taste in mind. But I didn’t want to use raw eggs. This eggless Tiramisu recipe didn’t disappoint at all. And the dessert was also put together in much less time.
I have also substituted the original choice of alcohol-the Marsala wine with Old monk rum, because this is what I had at hand. I think Brandy will make for another good option. Also, you could just use vanilla essence if you want to make a sober dessert ;). I couldn’t find ladyfinger biscuits at the stores around my house. So, I baked an eggless sponge cake in a 10 * 10 inch pan a night before. I had decided to serve the Tiramisu in individual glasses. So, I used a cookie cutter to cut small rounds out of the sponge cake. These were then assembled with the rest of the components to create a marvelling and delicious dessert.
Also, being a diehard chocoholic, I felt I needed a little more chocolate in this dreamy creamy dessert. So, I have included a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache as well. But this is purely optional.
The bitterness from the coffee and the cocoa is complemented perfectly by the sweet mascarpone filling. And the Rum is such a warm addition especially with Christmas around the corner :).
Bake it for your Christmas or New Year parties and enjoy all the attention!!
Tiramisu is a great make-ahead dessert for parties. The melt in your mouth delish dessert is sure to wow your guests :).