Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Tiramisu, Italian for "Pick me up". Sometimes it's essential to eat a rich dessert like this one, especially on a winter's evening. Warning - not low fat!

1 cup mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
1/4 cup sifted icing sugar
150ml strong brewed coffee, chilled
1 1/4 cups cream
3 Tbsp coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua)
115g Savoiardi (sponge finger) biscuits
Plain dark chocolate and cocoa to serve

Grease and line a loaf tin with plastic wrap.

Beat mascarpone and icing sugar for about 1 min. Add 2 Tbsp of chilled coffee, mix thoroughly.

Whip cream and 1 Tbsp of the liqueur until soft peaks stage. Stir a spoonful into the mascarpone mixture, then fold in the rest.

Spoon half the mixture into the loaf tin and smooth the top.

Put rest of coffee and liqueur into a shallow bowl. Dip one side of the biscuits in the liquid for a moment and then arrange coffee side up over the mascarpone mixture in a single layer.

Spoon rest of mascarpone mixture over the biscuit layer and repeat with remaining biscuits. You should use 6 biscuits per layer, there were 12 in the pack.

Drizzle any remaining coffee liquid over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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