A simple tiramisu recipe

I have always loved tiramisu. The first time I had that rich coffee dessert in mouth was when during my travels I had the crazy urge to splurge on sweetness. At one trattoria they had this on display, layers of cheese topped with really dark chocolate. The sensations of coffee liqueur mingled with the sweetness and texture of ladyfingers were inspiring at the time. Had to get the recipe.
Over the years several recipes have passed through my hands and my mixing bowl. Some very complex, some traditional;, some pretentious, and some, like the following recipe, simple and straightforward. So try this one out.
  • 6tbsp kahlua
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 4 tsp espresso, fresh pressed or 2 tsp nescafe instant coffee powder
  • 2 x 225g Philadelphia Cream cheese, whipped
  • 2 C Anchor whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Hersheys cocoa powder
  • 1 can lady fingers
  1. Combine Kahlua, sugar and espresso (or instant coffee mixed with warm water). Stir until well dissolved.
  2. Whisk together cream cheese, cream and half of kahlua mixture with sugar until light
  3. In a springform pan, layout one layer of lady fingers evenly, leaving as little space as possible.
  4. Brush layer with the remaining kahlua mixture
  5. Spread cheese mixture over lady fingers evenly
  6. Add another layer of layerfingers on top. brush with remaining kahlua mixture.
  7. Spread the remaining cheese mixture evenly on top
  8. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours until set.
  9. Before serving, top with sifted cocoa powder


Anonymous said...

What? No Mascarpone?!?

Ivan Maminta said...

yes. Not authentic I admit, but simple enough to emulate.