“Eat-all-you-can” TIRAMISU

The success of this Italian dessert treasure is “go easy on the cream cheese” without even buying the expensive mascarpone cheese.    I buy the quart size container of heavy whipping cream simply for 3 things: ice cream, alfredo fettucine and tiramisu.

“Eat-all-you-can” TIRAMISU

Don’t have to spend a fortune to cook up this Italian classic dessert, and it is that easy too!

2 packs ladyfingers (Balocco ladyfingers preferably)

Soaking syrup:

1/4 cup warm water

2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

2 tablespoons Kahlua (you can use rum or brandy)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream cheese filling:

2 cups whipping cream, whipped

1/2 bar cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

About 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Line the bottom of an 8-inch square Pyrex dish with ladyfingers (trim to fit); set aside.

In a small bowl, dissolve instant coffee granules in warm water. Add the rest of soaking ingredients and mix well; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and well mixed. Blend in the whipped cream and beat until thoroughly combined.

Assembly: Brush half of the soaking syrup over ladyfingers. Spoon half of the cream cheese filling over the soaked ladyfingers. Repeat layering: ladyfingers, soaking syrup and cream cheese filling. Lastly, using small strainer, dust unsweetened cocoa powder over the top of the cream cheese filling. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. And I really mean it…eat all you can!

Use this recipe and make necessary ingredients substitutions to make “berries” tiramisu, buco pandan tiramisu or green tea tiramisu.

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