Recipe Review: Tiramisu from the Pioneer Woman Blog and Ladyfinger Biscuits from Allrecipes.com.
My beautiful sister, Christy, is always busy with kids, her husband, her home, and many other
responsibilities. I have so much respect for Mothers out there everywhere. How do you do it all? She takes them to all their school and extracurricular activities. She helps her husband with his real estate business. She manages her home to keep it organized and functioning for a busy family. She makes time to exercise and do crafty projects.
However, she still, finds time to cook and create delicious meals for her family. This week she sent me some pics and a recipe for a Tiramisu that she has made several times. It looked super yummy, so I’ve included a recipe review for you. It takes several hours to create this masterpiece so, don’t be in a hurry. She even made the Ladyfingers from scratch.
Tiramisu is traditionally a coffee flavored, creamy, custard-like, layered dessert that hails from Italy. Traditional Tiramisu contains Ladyfinger biscuits soaked in coffee and layered with a whipped mixture of eggs yolks, sugar, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa. The dessert has been served in a variety of containers. We usually see it cut from a rectangular or square pan, but it also comes served in a round glass dish that displays the delicious layers of the treat.
Christy found this recipe from the Pioneer Woman Blog. Prepare all of your ingredients and equipment prior to starting this process.
The recipe uses a variety of cooking techniques to create this beautiful dessert. Initially, the recipe calls for a double boiler or a mixing bowl that can sit on top of a pan of water on the stove. A glass mixing bowl would work best. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water in the pan. I picked up this cute egg separator on Amazon. You will chill the resulting egg yolk, sugar, and brandy/wine mixture in the fridge.
The second preparation part of this recipe involves mixing the cheeses, whipping cream, vanilla, remaining sugar, with a Kitchen Aid mixer or by hand. Fold in the egg mixture from step one above. Chill the whole thing in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Next you will need a9″ X 13″ baking pan to place the ladyfinger biscuits into a single layer. You will need some espresso or coffee made up. If you don’t drink coffee, you could just buy a large cup at the Starbucks or convenience store. Get a decent dark coffee for more flavor. Use one tablespoon of the espresso/coffee to soak each biscuit in the pan. Layer the custard mixture on top of the first layer of biscuits and repeat the layering process until the final layer of custard sits on top (approximately three layers).
The Pioneer Woman recipe added raspberries and grated semi-sweet chocolate on top of each layer and then put the powdered cocoa on the very top. I’m not sure about the raspberries, but more chocolate is ok with me.
Christy used one 8 ounce package of regular cream cheese and one 8 ounce package of the mascarpone cheese for the cheeses. Softened and room temperature. She also substituted Brandy for the Masala wine. The substitutions worked brilliantly. She also suggested having more ladyfingers than the recipe called for, double the recipe. Who doesn’t love more cookies!
Although this dessert takes some time to create, it is well worth the effort. You can chill the whole dessert once prepared prior to eating. However, it’s best to eat it right away. In fact, you could just eat dessert first and forget dinner. No seriously, the treat shouldn’t be kept for more than 24 hours as its components will begin to separate.
I hope you will give this delicious dessert a try and let me know how you liked it. As usual, this post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission if you click-through on the links.