Saturday, January 1, 2011

Awesome dessert: Tiramisu

We start the new year with a post of something I love eating.

Tiramisu is my favorite dessert of all time, so that was what I made for Christmas day to share with my loved ones. This is a recipe which I have stuck to since uni days, one which has never disappointed me. I like mine with Baileys Irish Cream but you can use other flavourful liquor such as Marsala or dark rum. If you're serving this to children, you can always omit the Baileys.

I usually make this in a large dish but it doesn't present very well, so this time, I made them in individual glasses for a more aesthethically pleasing result. Tiramisu is best eaten very cold so I made it the night before and keep them chilled in the refridgerator. So, on Christmas day, all I had to do was to top the tiramisu with a dusting of cocoa powder, chocolate shavings and strawberries. Easy peasy!

A combination of cream, mascarpone cheese, alcohol and chocolate sure makes one hell of a sexy dessert!

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Makes 6

250g mascarpone cheese
25g icing sugar
175ml strong coffee, cooled to room temperature
250ml double or whipping cream
60ml Baileys
12 sponge fingers (Savoiardi biscuits)
1 tsp vanilla extract / essence
Cocoa powder, for dusting
Chilled chocolate bar
6 strawberries, for garnish

1. Place mascarpone cheese and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for 1 minute until the mascarpone has softened.

2. Whip cream until it forms soft peaks. Add 15ml of Baileys and fold into the mascarpone mixture.

3. Place coffee and remaining Baileys in a shallow dish. Break 1 finger into half, then dip into coffee mixture and place in the glass.

4. Spoon 2 tbsp of mascarpone mixture into glass and place another layer of fingers dipped in coffee mixture. Top with a final layer of mascarpone cheese and cover the glasses with cling film. Repeat for 5 other glasses. Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

5. Before serving, dust with some cocoa powder and grated chocolate flakes. Top with a strawberry. Bon appétit!

Tiramisu literally "pull me up" definitely lightened our moods :)

Love in a glass

Layers of lushness


  1. oh..thts a great recipe! thanks for sharing! ^^

  2. was thinking whether i wanna try to make it or not.. haha.. i like tiramisu.. but always eat the ones outside.. :)

  3. Euniceee: My pleasure :)

    Ken: If you have the patience to make it, then why not... it's a pretty simple recipe

  4. A very sexy dessert indeed. It's my lil Devil's fave Italian dessert but we are just too lazy to make it at home. Maybe now we'd be inspired by your post to try it ourselves.

    A 2011 resolution, maybe? Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! :)

  5. LFB: Happy New Year to you too! Do try making this at home... ppl always think it's a very difficult dessert to make but I promise you it's very easy! :)

  6. 4 excellent courses. Well done chef :-) we all enjoyed the food immensely - keep it coming :-) Looking forward to a delicious 2011 xx

  7. Tiramisu...yummy! Lots of love in
    the glass! I want a glass.....yummy yummy!

    Good & Prof chef!

  8. I heart tiramisu too. It may be the most hyped about Italian dessert, but if done right, who cares what the critics say eh? And it's the best way to ring in the new year too.

    Wishing you a good 2011 ahead!

  9. C&D's daddy: My pleasure :)

    Pure Heart: You can try making this.. if you need any pointers, let me know. I'm sure your kids would love this.

  10. qwazymonkey: Apart from the one I had in Tanzini Gtower, I havent really found any tiramisu's which I like in KL. Looks like I still have a lot of searching to do!

  11. You're right, my kids would love to eat. Will try in one day.

    Only 30 mins to prepared, easy & simple (prof said)..... but, Mummy's problem is "where can easily get all the ingredient???" Really hope that I have a "xiao ding dang's pocket bag".

  12. Pure Heart: You can get all the ingredients from Tesco, except for the sponge fingers. Sponge fingers available in most KL supermarkets.

  13. Happy to know that and now I remember, sponge fingers can get at Pizza Italian at Oakland. Aunty Teng has interest to make it together too. She ask me to look at your home made 'siow yuk'. MC said is very very delicious, keep on asking Aunty Teng to make 'siow yuk'......

  14. Pure Heart: You can check out the siew yuk recipe here. But I think siew yuk easier to just buy from shop la. We used to make in UK cos difficult to get good siew yuk there.

  15. Not a fans of Tiramisu but I know the process of making it is complicated :P *Salute*

  16. I have made this sexy dessert, Tiramisu, in a special day for my Dear and 4 Angels. With lots of love in a glass!!

    Baby Sumo is really simple to make …… I love it! Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. Pure Heart: I am happy to share my recipes, and delighted that it turned out well for you. Hope that you have many more success in your kitchen :)


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