Tiramisu: A Gift From God

2 Feb

If heaven had a taste, what would it taste like?

Ice cream? Cotton candy? Dark chocolate?

Actually, I have come to the conclusion that tiramisu is what heaven tastes like. And anyone who has eaten it before, they would agree.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m going to write down the obvious question you all have. What is tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that leaves an indelible impression on you.

Think of a very light chocolate pudding. Very light. No, you’ve got to think lighter than that. Think more in the lines of mocha-flavored whipped cream.

Now add in a little bit of body. Not heaviness, but substance — you know, the kind of fullness that rich foods feel like in your mouth. Except that it doesn’t taste rich, and it doesn’t stay in your mouth long enough to become dreamy.

Then, imagine this light almost-like-mocha-flavored-whipped-cream concoction on lady finger pastry (cake) soaked with strong espresso coffee. Got that? Light, creamy, smooth lady fingers, the rich aroma of strong coffee?

When you have your first bite you get a hint of the liquor. Suddenly, you get a teeny explosion of chocolate on your tongue that disappears in a flash. Got all that? Good.

Yes. This is what heaven tastes like.

For all of those who have eaten this dessert before, all know that it is served in a cake like form. Square (or rectangular). But I found a recipe that makes individual tiramisu cups. If tiramisu wasn’t fancy enough, just put it in a glass cup.

Here is what your going to need

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Marsala*
1 1/2 cups espresso or strong coffee
1/4 cup brandy or Frangelico
1 package lady fingers**
2 ounces of dark chocolate (I recommend Green & Blacks)
unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting tiramisu

(Notes: *Marsala is a cooking wine and you can even find it at Walmart. **Should be near the ice cream, bakery, or cookie aisle.)

Directions:

1. Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and whip a little bit longer until the sugar is thoroughly integrated. Scoop out about a cup or so of the whipped cream and set aside to use later to top the finished tiramisu.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the mascarpone and Marsala together until smooth and creamy. Gently fold a third of the whipped cream into the mascarpone and Marsala mixture to lighten. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream in to combine.

3. Using a serrated knife, cut each ladyfinger in half.

4. Stir the espresso or coffee and the brandy together in a small bowl. Dip each ladyfinger half in the coffee-brandy mixture, making sure they aren’t in submerged for more than 5 seconds, otherwise they may dislove into mush.

5. Place two laydfinger halves into the bottom of the wine glass (or custard cup). Spoon over some of the mascarpone-cream to cover and then using a microplane, grate over some of the dark chocolate. Top with two more layers of coffee soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone-cream and grated chocolate.

6. Cover each glass with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight

To serve: Put a dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

So what do you think?

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3 Responses to “Tiramisu: A Gift From God”

  1. Sun Tzao 02/02/2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Personally, I think chocolate chip cookies taste like heaven…but tiramisu comes in second. good job.

  2. Steve White 02/02/2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Yummy

  3. trialsinfood 02/02/2012 at 10:25 am #

    Can I have one please?

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