Food Challenge: Tiramisu

I LOVE Tiramisu!

The rich creaminess and the of it is just divine!

But… Yes, there’s a but… I tried to make it before and sadly, it turned out to be a dismal failure.

That was a small knock to my confidence as I usually have absolutely no problem in making anything… Especially the first time around.

However, the last time I made it, I had pretty much no understanding of the recipe as it was rather confusing I guess… But its about 2 years and I finally decided to give it another go.

Also I was really in the mood for it and hadn’t had it in a looooonnngggg time.

Soo… Here’s the recipe I used.
(Considering I’d been watching the Food Network Channel… I kinda winged it with my own version.)

Tiramisu by Rubina Hassan (suitable for lacto – ovo vegetarians)

Ingredients:

1 tub Mascarpone Cheese (I used WoolWorths brand)
1 tub Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
500 ml Whipping Cream (WoolWorths Ayershire brand) (did I spell that right??!)
3/4 – 1 cup icing sugar
3 tblsp Coffee (any strong coffee you have)
1/2 – 1 cup hot water
2 packs of Boudoir Biscuits (lady finger biscuits)
1 tspn Vanilla Essence
Cocoa powder, for dusting.
Strawberries, optional.

Method:

Whip the cream until it resembles fresh cream. Than add the 1 cup icing and whip until just incorporated.
In a separate bowl mix the softened cream cheese and mascarpone together and then add to the whipped cream and sugar with the vanilla essence. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix the coffee powder/granules with hot water. If using straight from a coffee machine, don’t dilute.

Using a serving dish of your choice, begin by briskly dipping the boudoir biscuits into the coffee, and layering it on dish, covering the bottom. Once done, put a layer of the cheese/cream on top, and then do another layer of biscuit, ending of with the cheese/cream mixture.

Dust with cocoa, and decorate with sliced strawberries if desired.

I realize that this is a rich dessert, but its quite lovely.

A great idea for a dinner or even a party would be to make small individual servings. Takes a little more time, but your guests will appreciate the final product.

The photo was taken with my phone, and it was a last minute decision to snap it. Apologies for the ‘not so attractive’ presentation but if I didn’t snap it right there and then, there would have been no photos at all, 😉

If you try it and like it, feel free to post your comments. Would love to hear from everyone.

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