TIRAMISU – the Italian coffee trifle

If you're fair and care, then share...Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Share on Google+
Google+
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Email this to someone
email
Print this page
Print

The Italian coffee trifle known as TIRAMISU is a coffee lover’s delight, rich and coffee-creamy, with a touch of alcohol like all good trifles, and has a myriad of recipes.  This is my TIRAMISU,  derived from many sources, close to the traditional, but with some allowances and adaptations.  And I learned to make my own MASCARPONE cheese to indulge myself – I posted the recipe last night.

I’ll never forget my first taste of TIRAMISU in Italy, in a small taverna on one side of the famous Piazza Navona, sandwiched between the Vatican and the Spanish Steps and my favourite building ever, the Pantheon, in Rome.   The luscious coffee-custardy dessert was like nothing I’d ever experienced before, and I made rather a pig of myself, I’m afraid.  Let’s just say I didn’t stop at one, and leave it at that!

Tiramisu (and one of 2 gift ones), ready to serve. The top cream layer isn’t distinct, but it’s there, with it’s grated chocolate. Oh, trust me – it’s there!

Making a Tiramisu at home, from scratch, takes time, but it’s easy if you take it in stages – and read the recipe right through first!.  First make the zabaglione, add the mascarpone, cool, and add the cream.   Then prepare the coffee-Marsala mix.  Then with those two in front of you, dip the Savoiardi sponge fingers into one, place in dish, cover with the zabaglione-mascarpone mix, and you’re well on the way.

I make mine the day before needed, and top with extra cream and the chocolate topping just before serving.

My Tiramisu – made at home, from scratch, and YOU can do it, too.

My TIRAMISU – the Italian coffee trifle

Makes at least 10 servings – not including the two small “gift” ones…..

INGREDIENTS:

250 ml (1 cup) brewed espresso or very strong coffee, at room temperature

125 ml (1/2 cup) dry Marsala wine  (divided into 2 equal quantities)*

3-4 teaspoons Heilala vanilla extract or paste

5-6 large egg yolks  (freeze the whites in 2 lots, for sponges, pavlova, etc)

125 ml (1/2 cup) granulated sugar (divided into 2 equal quantities)

450-500 gm (14-16 ounces) mascarpone cheese

350 ml (1.5 cups) whipping or heavy cream

30-50 Savoiardi Italian ladyfingers (keep the leftovers in an airtight container)

Topping:

125 ml (1/2 cup) whipping or heavy cream

1 Tablespoon icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon Heilala vanilla paste or extract

50-60 gm (2 oz) dark chocolate (grated) or hot chocolate powder or cocoa powder for dusting

* You can use an alternative to Marsala wine, but it won’t be quite the same.  Suitable alternatives are sherry, brandy and or liqueurs.  In fact, when I do a chocolate version of Tiramisu for non-coffee loving friends, I use a mixture of  hot chocolate, brandy and a chocolate liqueur, such as Creme de Cacao.  Kahlua is nice with the coffee version, too

METHOD:

Make the Zabaglione-mascapone custard filling:

In a small stainless steel bowl that will fit over a pot (or a double boiler), whisk the egg yolks,  half the Marsala and half the sugar.  Place the bowl over a pot of just-simmering water, with about 25 mm (1 inch) between the bottom of the bowl and the hot water.

Whisking over simmering water, to cook, and increase the volume of the egg mix

Beat with a whisk (great arm workout, guys and gals!), or a hand beater, or an electric hand-held mixer, until the mixture is tripled in volume, which will take from 4 to 8 minutes.

The zabaglione ready – see how thick it is, and holding it’s shape.

NOTE: Until the mixture is tripled in amount, DO NOT stop beating, or you will end up with “sweet scrambled eggs”.  So, no cellphones or other phone calls, and don’t answer the door.  4 to 8 minutes aren’t long – except when you’re whipping this Zabaglione-like custard!

Zabaglione-mascarpone mix for Tiramisu, before the cream is folded in.

When the mixture is tripled in size, and holds it’s shape well, remove from the bowl from the heat, leave for 5 minutes to cool a little, then beat in the mascarpone cheese until just combined, then let stand for 10-15 minutes (time for a coffee or that phonecall…).

Whip the cream in a bowl until it holds stiff peaks, then fold half the cream into the cooled zabaglione-mascapone mixture. Be gentle, this is a folding movement, not a beating.   Then fold in the rest of the cream.  If the custard is still a bit warm, you may lose a little volume,  but that’s fine.  or, if you have time, leave it to cool a bit longer- we’re busy people, make it work for you.

Make the coffee-Marsala dipping mixture:

In a flattish pudding bowl, combine the  espresso (I get a takeaway) or other coffee, the other half of the Marsala wine, the vanilla extract, and the rest of the sugar, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.

Assembling the Tiramisu:

First, get your glamorous Trifle Bowl, or a deep glass bowl about 23 – 25 cms (9-10 inches),  You can also use a square or oblong dish, and make just two layers, or even use a loaf tin, and cut the finished dessert into slices.

Coffee-marsala mix on left, zabagilone-mascarpone in middle, trifle bowl at rear, and 2 glasses for gift Tiramisu on right – all set to start assembling! Note the packet of Savoiardi sponge fingers at left rear and an open pack in front of that.

With the coffee-marsala mix and the zabaglione-mascapone mix in front of you, you’re good to go.

Dip a few of the Savoiardi sponge fingers very quickly into the coffee mix, and use them to line the bottom of your bowl.  (You might find that you need to break a few into pieces to fit them in the dish).

Quickly dip the Savoiardi biscuits, then lay into your dish, covering the bottom, and maybe cutting some to fit. Sorry, I didn’t realise the unopened pack would show through quite so much – it’s well behind my trifle bowl.

Spoon half of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread into an even layer. Grate half of the bittersweet chocolate over filling. Then dip the remaining ladyfingers very quickly into the coffee and arrange a second layer over filling.

Assembling the next layer of coffee-soaked Savoiardi sponge fingers on top of the first two layers. Still some gaps to fill with cut pieces of fingers… Savoiardi sponge one, that is!

Keep layering soaked biscuits and the zabaglione-mascarpone mixure as high as you desire, leaving room at the top for the extra whipped cream layer, if using.   Then cover with plastic kitchen wrap and put into the fridge for at least 6-8 hours, or overnight.  I prefer making mine the day before, and doing the last cream and chocolate layer, just before serving.

About 20 minutes before serving, remove your bowl from the fridge to bring it back closer to room temperature.

Make the optional cream layer:

Just before you’re ready to serve, whip the topping amount of cream with the icing sugar and the vanilla (I sometimes add a dessertspoon of liqueur, too).  Spread gently over the top, and smooth with a spatula, the grate dark chocolate and/or cocoa (shake through a small sieve).

And enjoy!  It’s rich, decadent and just divine!

Autumn’s Culinary tips for Tiramisu:

  •  I like to make mine the day before it’s to be served, and add extra cream at the last minute.
  • Leftovers (huh?) will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to four days, but will start losing texture in the fingers from 2 days.  The positive is, the flavours become more syrupy and blended, too.  That’s IF you have leftovers…
  • Instead of expresso coffee, you can use a unsweetened hot chocolate or cocoa, in exactly the same way.
  • This does NOT work with English-style sponge – it’s too soft.  Tiramisu relies on the texture of the crisp Savoiardi fingers lightly dipped, for it’s unique texture.
  • You “could” use a fruit juice and rum or brandy essence for a non-alcoholic version, but it just doesn’t taste the same – keep Tiramisu for occasions when it’s “adults only” at the dining table!

TIRAMISU - the Italian coffee trifle
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert, International
Cuisine: International - Italian
Serves: 10-12 serves
 
The Italian coffee trifle known as TIRAMISU is a coffee lover's delight, rich and coffee-creamy, with a touch of alcohol like all good trifles, has a myriad of recipes. This is my TIRAMISU, derived from many sources, close to the traditional, but with some allowances and adaptations. And I learned to make my own MASCARPONE cheese to indulge myself - I posted the recipe last night.
Ingredients
  • 250 ml (1 cup) brewed espresso or very strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) dry Marsala wine (divided into 2 equal quantities)*
  • 3-4 teaspoons Heilala vanilla extract or paste
  • 5-6 large egg yolks (freeze the whites in 2 lots, for sponges, pavlova, etc)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) granulated sugar (divided into 2 equal quantities)
  • 450-500 gm (14-16 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 350 ml (1.5 cups) whipping or heavy cream
  • 30-50 Savoiardi Italian ladyfingers (keep the leftovers in an airtight container)
  • Topping:
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) whipping or heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Heilala vanilla paste or extract
  • 50-60 gm (2 oz) dark chocolate (grated) or hot chocolate powder or cocoa powder for dusting
  • * You can use an alternative to Marsala wine, but it won't be quite the same. Suitable alternatives are sherry, brandy and or liqueurs. In fact, when I do a chocolate version of Tiramisu for non-coffee loving friends, I use a mixture of hot chocolate, brandy and a chocolate liqueur, such as Creme de Cacao. Kahlua is nice with the coffee version, too
Method
  1. Make the Zabaglione-mascapone custard filling:
  2. In a small stainless steel bowl that will fit over a pot (or a double boiler), whisk the egg yolks, half the Marsala and half the sugar. Place the bowl over a pot of just-simmering water, with about 25 mm (1 inch) between the bottom of the bowl and the hot water.
  3. Beat with a whisk (great arm workout, guys and gals!), or a hand beater, or an electric hand-held mixer, until the mixture is tripled in volume, which will take from 4 to 8 minutes.
  4. NOTE: Until the mixture is tripled in amount, DO NOT stop beating, or you will end up with "sweet scrambled eggs". So, no cellphones or other phone calls, and don't answer the door. 4 to 8 minutes aren't long - except when you're whipping this Zabaglione-like custard!
  5. When the mixture is tripled in size, and holds it's shape well, remove from the bowl from the heat, leave for 5 minutes to cool a little, then beat in the mascarpone cheese until just combined, then let stand for 10-15 minutes (time for a coffee or that phonecall...).
  6. Whip the cream in a bowl until it holds stiff peaks, then fold half the cream into the cooled zabaglione-mascapone mixture. Be gentle, this is a folding movement, not a beating. Then fold in the rest of the cream. If the custard is still a bit warm, you may lose a little volume, but that's fine. or, if you have time, leave it to cool a bit longer- we're busy people, make it work for you.
  7. Make the coffee-Marsala dipping mixture:
  8. In a flattish pudding bowl, combine the espresso (I get a takeaway) or other coffee, the other half of the Marsala wine, the vanilla extract, and the rest of the sugar, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.
  9. Assembling the Tiramisu:
  10. First, get your glamorous Trifle Bowl, or a deep glass bowl about 23 - 25 cms (9-10 inches).
  11. With the coffee-marsala mix and the zabaglione-mascapone mix in front of you, you're good to go.
  12. Dip a few of the Savoiardi sponge fingers very quickly into the coffee mix, and use them to line the bottom of your bowl. (You might find that you need to break a few into pieces to fit them in the dish).
  13. Spoon half of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread into an even layer. Grate half of the bittersweet chocolate over filling. Then dip the remaining ladyfingers very quickly into the coffee and arrange a second layer over filling.
  14. Keep layering soaked biscuits and the zabaglione-mascarpone mixure as high as you desire, leaving room at the top for the extra whipped cream layer, if using. Then cover with plastic kitchen wrap and put into the fridge for at least 6-8 hours, or overnight. I prefer making mine the day before, and doing the last cream and chocolate layer, just before serving.
  15. About 20 minutes before serving, remove your bowl from the fridge to bring it back closer to room temperature.
  16. Make the optional cream layer:
  17. Just before you're ready to serve, whip the topping amount of cream with the icing sugar and the vanilla (I sometimes add a dessertspoon of liqueur, too). Spread gently over the top, and smooth with a spatula, the grate dark chocolate and/or cocoa (shake through a small sieve).
  18. And enjoy! It's rich, decadent and just divine!
  19. Autumn's Culinary tips for Tiramisu:
  20. * I like to make mine the day before it's to be served, and add extra cream at the last minute.
  21. * Leftovers (huh?) will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to four days, but will start losing texture in the fingers from 2 days. The positive is, the flavours become more syrupy and blended, too. That's IF you have leftovers...
  22. * Instead of expresso coffee, you can use a unsweetened hot chocolate or cocoa, in exactly the same way.
  23. * This does NOT work with English-style sponge - it's too soft. Tiramisu relies on the texture of the crisp Savoiardi fingers lightly dipped, for it's unique texture.
  24. * You "could" use a fruit juice and rum or brandy essence for a non-alcoholic version, but it just doesn't taste the same - keep Tiramisu for occasions when it's "adults only" at the dining table!

 

If you're fair and care, then share...Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Share on Google+
Google+
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Email this to someone
email
Print this page
Print