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Monday, December 23, 2013

Tiramisu Recipe: Amaretto Winter Special Edition | You've Got Meal!

Great no bake dessert, Tiramisu, perfect for any occasion. In this version, we spiced things up with some Amaretto and, for that winter touch, we garnished the Tiramisu cake with some fresh red currants.

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with lady fingers dipped in espresso, covered with a layer of cream made with Mascarpone cheese, egg yolks, egg whites and sugar and powdered with cocoa dust. Basically, all yumminess. For a no bake and no fuss dessert, is very delicious, moist, fluffy and full of flavor. And, with all that espresso and cocoa, I like to think of it as a great energizer too.

Usually, we don't add any alcohol to our Tiramisu, just pure coffee and cocoa goodness, although traditionally Marsala is used. You can even make it kid-friendly by dipping the biscuits in some hot chocolate or sweetened milk instead of espresso. You can even replace the cocoa on each layer with grated chocolate, it is going to be delicious, even though it won't be Tiramisu anymore.

In our small household of two, we are crazy about Tiramisu. Actually, Mr. G has some instant cravings of Tiramisu just by seeing or talking about Mascarpone. This kind of craving made this post possible. You can't blame him. Because it is so simple, but full of flavor, it can also be great for your Christmas dinner. Nobody will be dissapointed and you will save some room in the oven, it just requires some time in the fridge.

I am so pleased with the Amaretto addition, it goes so well with the coffee, I can honestly say it is the best and the most elegant choice I tasted so far. Although the currants were just for garnishing purposes in the beginning, if you place some on each slice when you serve it, it is pure perfection, just the hint of freshness it needed.

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 400 g Savoiardi (ladyfingers)
  • 500 g Mascarpone
  • 500 ml coffee, cooled (espresso will be best)
  • 120 g sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 50 ml Amaretto liquor
  • some cocoa powder
  • red currants or fresh cranberries

  1. Prepare the coffee and let it cool completely.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the mix is smooth and creamy. 
  3. Add the Mascarpone to the egg yolks and fully incorporate the cheese. 
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks form.
  5. Add the egg whites to the cream mixture, fold it in fast but gently with a spatula.
  6. Add the Amaretto to the cream.
  7. Now you can layer the cake. A rectangular or square large deep dih or tin would be perfect. Dip each biscuit in coffee for 2 second on each side, arrange them on the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of cream and powder with cocoa. Repeat the layers until you are out of ingredients. For the top, I didn't use any more cocoa, I just added the fruits and dusted them with powder sugar, I figured it was more suitable for winter.
  8. Let it set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.
I got 2 layers, you can go with 3 if you want, just be careful that, because of the added liqour, the cream might be less firm.

By now, you know how easy it is, I just hope you will be as excited as we were by the taste. Anytime you want something sweet and impressive, but don't feel like baking, Tiramisu is here for you. :)

Happy Holidays,

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