Friday, June 16, 2017

Amaretto Tiramisu

I wondered if this post would ever make it to the blog. It is SO easy to make. It's fast, other than the few hours it takes to set. It requires only a few ingredients, and it's delicious. So what's the problem?

Apparently, I am. Ha! I searched high and low for lady fingers. I contemplated making my own, but I really just wanted a fast dessert. After 4 days I finally found the last package of lady fingers in this city. I was finally ready. 

Except I forgot the mascarpone cheese. I know I could have subbed cream cheese for mascarpone, but I didn't want to! My mind was fixated on the exact ingredients I wanted and wouldn't settle for less. So, another trip to the store resulted in no mascarpone cheese. They were out. I ran to another store and they had never heard of it. And yet another had just quit stocking it in their dairy case. Finally, I found a store that had 2 tubs. I took them both. I had wasted so much time searching that day, that I decided to make this recipe the next day. 

Fresh and rested, I gathered my ingredients. All except the mascarpone. I couldn't find the mascarpone. Kevin searched for me, and he came up empty. What in the heck did I do with the hard-sought-after cheese? I don't know, and I may never know. Unless it turns up in a random dresser drawer someday. It's entirely possible. 

I finally found another store that sold mascarpone, and I went and bought it. I only bought one tub this time (at $4-/tub, it was getting expensive), because I thought that was all I needed for the recipe. I only bought the two the last time, because that was the last of them. 

This morning I gathered all of my ingredients and started to assemble. However, something looked wrong. Because it is. I need TWO tubs of mascarpone. I'm either really thick-headed and am not paying attention to whatever forces are stopping me from making this dessert that is one of Kevin's favorites (which is entirely possible), or my quest for ingredients will pay off. I'm game. I am calling every store in town until I find this elusive cheese. I am making this tiramisu, come hell or high water. And I'm not going to settle for cream cheese!

I actually got another tub without mishap. Let me show you how easy this is...

Beat together mascarpone, ricotta, sugar and whipping cream in a bowl until fluffy.

Mix Amaretto, Kahlua, and espresso together.

Lay 1/2 of the lady fingers in the bottom of you dish. They need to cover the bottom, so use a good size.

Pour half of the liquor/coffee mixture over the top of the lady fingers, soaking all of them. Try not to move the lady fingers from this point on. They are soaked and fragile.

Using a spoon, place half of the cheese mixture in dollops all over the lady fingers. This will help to keep the lady fingers intact while spreading the cheese. Spread it out.

Sprinkle grated chocolate on top.

Lay down the rest of the lady fingers.

Soak with the rest of the alcohol mixture.

Top with the rest of the cheese mixture. Spread as evenly and flatly as you're able.

Refrigerate for a minimum of four hours. It's best to refrigerate for twenty-four hours. When ready to serve, dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. A small strainer or tea ball work well.

Cut and serve. Don't let this face...

or this face talk you into a bite. This is not meant for children or pets! No matter how much they beg. 

This tiramisu is the perfect dessert after a dinner of lasagne
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 10 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 C caster sugar
  • 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 1/4 C cold brew concentrate or cold espresso
  • 1/2 C Amaretto
  • 1/4 C Kahlua, or any coffee liqueur you prefer
  • ladyfingers; my package has 48 small
  • 3 oz 60% chocolate
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa, for dusting

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