Two days back it was my birthday and my husband and daughter surprised me by making me a Tiramisu. I was surprised because they both had a bad history when it comes to desserts. Even though they could make some passable savory dishes they had proved to be bad pastry chefs in the past. The reason behind their success this time may be their love for this Italian wonder.Whatever it be I was one happy birthday girl! So for those of you out there who are not so experienced as pastry chefs, this is one easy recipe you could try. And thank you my dears for this yummy treat.
1cup vanilla pudding1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese or (8oz of cream cheese, one-fourth cup heavy cream and 3 tablespoons of sour cream mix these together well)
1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 (12 ounce) packages ladyfingers or pound cake or yellow cake cut into two layers
1/3 cup coffee flavored liqueur(1/2 cup water and 2 tbsp of coffee)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate or in this case M&M's
Combine vanilla pudding,mascarpone and sugar. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into the mixture and set aside.
Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.