Tiramisu | Eggless

Monday, April 03, 2017

Tiramisu. The elegant, iconic and rich layered Italian dessert has always been on my must-try list even though I had no idea what goes into making one. When I learnt that we need Italian ladyfinger biscuits to make tiramisu, I gave up reading the rest of the recipe because honestly, I did not want to go through the pain of making ladyfingers in an oven-free kitchen and yes there was also a time when I mistook Marie's finger biscuits as ladyfingers! :-D

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

Ladyfingers or Savoiardi are sweet sponge Italian biscuits used extensively to make Italian desserts. Very recently I sighted a few packs of ladyfingers here in Yanbu, in the most unexpected store!!!!. I picked one pack dreaming of Tiramisu. Well, it stayed as a dream for a couple of weeks because yours truly had to look for a perfect recipe that has all the elements at least to its closest form. I know, two weeks is too long... but I am plain lazy these days when it comes to making a dessert and also drafting blog posts. Can you believe, I made this almost 20 days ago?

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used


If you can't find ladyfingers, I have a suggestion (not tested) explained at the end of this post. 

Most of the recipes out there are eggless and it was only when I looked for specifically classic or authentic, I realised a true Tiramisu is made with eggs and Kaluha, which is a coffee flavoured liqueur. Hands down I will go for eggless, and I can replace the liqueur with strong coffee or espresso but what am I going to do for Mascarpone? and Heavy cream?

I couldn't wait any further nor a trip to Jeddah LuLu would happen anytime.

Thank god, Google is free.

I tracked down a perfect substitute for Mascarpone and Heavy cream and made my cheat version of both. Like most of you, I doubted if the subs would give good results, but anything you start with Bismillah, won't let you down!

If you enjoy cheese making, then you can make Mascarpone at home too. I saw the making on Youtube, but it is not my cuppa for now.

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

Don't get disheartened that I am sharing a totally made up Tiramisu! I wouldn't take the effort to draft in detail with the brand names that I used if it was not good enough for me. You know me by now, I am close to a perfectionist and this Tiramisu - I shall make many more times! 

This recipe has all the great taste of a traditional Tiramisu (or at least the ones I have had) even though it is made without eggs. All you need to do is mix the whipped cream with sweetened mascarpone substitute, prepare the espresso mixture, then you dip some lady fingers in the espresso or coffee mixture, layer the cookies with the cream and chill overnight! This a great make-ahead halal dessert. Right before serving, dust with some cocoa powder or like me take it to another level of making it pretty!

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

For the cocoa powder garnish, because I had only the dark cocoa powder which F hates, I added cinnamon powder and icing sugar to camouflage the dark cocoa taste. :-D I have used the square brownie pan for this recipe and was left with 1/4 cup cheese mixture which I used to make a tiramisu shots as a taste sample! :-P That actually helped me determine if the main dish was ready to be served. I had to keep this version of Tiramisu overnight to firm up.

Eggless Tiramisu 

Yields 9 servings. shared by two of us. :-P

INGREDIENTS

Mascarpone Cheese Substitute:
200 gm Puck Cream Cheese Soft
1/4 cup Heavy cream*
2 tablespoon Almarai Labneh**
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar

Whipped Cream:
1/3 cup Almarai Whipping Cream (cold)
1/4 cup icing sugar /powdered sugar/confectioners' sugar
a dash of vanilla essence

Instant Coffee Mixture:
~16 ladyfingers
~3/4 cup very hot water
2 tablespoons instant coffee (Nescafe Classic Strong Taste)
2 tablespoons sugar

Garnish: 
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon powdered sugar


Stencil to decorate (optional)

* I made my own by mixing 1/4 cup milk with 1 tablespoon melted butter that has reached room temp.

** I used the one with longer-shelf-life than the fresh box.

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

DIRECTION

Make the Mascarpone Cheese imposter Filling
  1. Prepare the mascarpone imposter by carefully mixing all the ingredients in a bowl ensuring not to overdo the mixing - keep refrigerated 
  2. In another bowl*, add the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. Approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture. keep refrigerated.
Instant Coffee Mixture:
  1. Keep your pan ready to assemble the ladyfingers
  2. In a tart pan like bowl*, mix the hot water, espresso powder and sugar until everything dissolves 
  3. Quickly and lightly dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture, one at a time, for just a second. 
  4. Pour/Spread half of the cream filling over the cookies. 
  5. Repeat another layer of ladyfingers and mascarpone filling 
  6. Chill overnight.
Garnish
  1. Mix the garnish ingredients 
  2. Dust the cocoa mixture using a sieve all over the top 
  3. Optionally, you can make your own stencil with a paper by cutting random designs. Place it over the pan and sieve the cocoa mixture to make a beautiful pattern. :-P 
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Yesterday while we were at the supermarket, I sighted Mascarpone and picked a small pack of 200g. All these days, I was looking at the diary section but this is placed in the fresh cheese counter - where they keep all the fresh pickled olives too. It is super expensive and about to expire in two months! yet, I picked it! :-(  I am planning to make some tiramisu shots with a remaining ladyfinger biscuits.

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

Suggestion for my Indian friends and cousins; Italian Ladyfingers are hard and close to impossible to get in India unless you order online from a gourmet site. Instead of using any other biscuits and calling it Tiramisu, try and bake a simple sponge cake or mutta pola. Slice the cake into long finger shapes and toast them until crispy. Use it in this recipe instead of ladyfingers. I have not tested this method but hope to InshaAllah.

By the time I clicked a zillion images, I couldn't resist the temptation any longer! I sat down right there and had that whole piece that was silky smooth and melting in the mouth good!

Tiramisu | Not Classic | Substitutes Used

The following weekend after we finished this whole portion by ourselves in the span of two days, I went and picked a huge pack of Ladyfingers hoping to make for two darling friends here in Yanbu. InshaAllah! 

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