Having that first mouthful of Tiramisu in my much younger days, I had loved it ever since then… I vividly recalled wondering to myself “what the heaven is this?” — the concoction was as if I was tasting a bite of heaven, it felt so euphoric (hey! just like my blog name, eh?). Cake, but yet not; creamy but I knew it wasn’t whipped cream (cause I hate it) along with a tantalising explosion of chocolate + rich aroma of espresso + hint of liquor. Ooooow!
Fast forward to some years later, it was during a care group gathering that I had this “close encounter” — Selina brought her homemade specialty & served it as if you would dig a scoop of ice-cream out from the tub, it was really impressive! I casually asked for the recipe (I know it’s gonna sound so silly) but it was then I came to realisation that I could experiment it too, without having to blow up any kitchen appliances since no baking was required.
Today I reckoned I had quite mastered this recipe — vote of confidence from family (in my elder sister’s words: shiok lah!) and friends, but most importantly the “gourmet tongue” (aka the Husband) passed it too, yay!
(yields a box of 7×5″ disposable tupperware)
- 500G Mascarpone Cheese
- 10-15pcs of Italian Ladyfingers (Savoiardi)
- 8 tbsp of Espresso Coffee – I used a can of Nescafe Original instead.
- 2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 4 tbsp Caster Sugar
- 6 tbsp Coffee Liquor – I used Baileys Irish Cream with hint of coffee.
- 4 tbsp Thickened Cream
- Cocoa Powder (+ a fine sieve for dusting)
1. Cream Mixture: In a large bowl, mix the Mascarpone Cheese, Vanilla Extract, Caster Sugar & 2 tbsp of Coffee Liquor with a spatula until well combined. Fold in the thickened cream till you arrive in a nice creamy consistency. [Tip: Be patient & gentle, otherwise it would be too ‘watery’ by the time you add the thickened cream.
2. Dippings for the Ladyfingers: In a shallow dish, mix Coffee & the
remaining 4 tbsp of Coffee Liquor.
3. Dip 1 ladyfinger at each time, horizontally and quickly (to prevent it from becoming soggy) into the coffee solution you prepared in Step 2. Then, arranged the dipped ladyfingers into tupperware, to form a layer of cake.
4. Now spread a layer of cream mixture you prepared in Step 1 over the layer of ladyfingers cake with the back of your spoon.
5. Dust a thin layer of Cocoa Powder using the fine sieve.
6. Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to form the second layer of cake. [Tip: Traditionally it has only 2 layers but I preferred 3 layers. If you follow the same size of tupperware as listed, each layer cake = 5 ladyfingers.]
7. Cover with lid and chill the cake overnight till set & you are ready to eat! Serve with drizzle of Chocolate Sauce if you like!
Godervi il vostro (enjoy your) tiramisù…