My individual Tiramisu recipe made with soft Amaretti cookies is so quick, it’s pretty much instant! No waiting for the cookies to soften. Read on how I did it!
If you are a fan of no bake desserts, take a look at this gorgeous British pudding Citrus and Vanilla Bean Posset.
So Italian week continues and this time I bring to you something Dolce. What comes to mind mind when anyone thinks of a classic Italian dessert? Tiramisu, of course! Every Italian restaurant has it on the menu and it’s a frequent visitor to our house.
Why is it called Tiramisu?
Tiramisu quite literally means “pick me up” in Italian and refers to the incredible refreshing and invigorating quality of this dessert.
The Taste of Tiramisu
Not too many things work as beautifully together as strong espresso and silky smooth mascarpone. I call this particular recipe Instant Tiramisu because instead of traditional crisp Savoiardi ladyfingers, that take a couple of hours to soak up coffee and liquor, I used soft and intensely almond flavoured Amaretti cookies or Amaretti Morbidi.
I absolutely adore these little cookies in Tiramisu. They bring beautiful almond flavour into the mix making it even more desirable and impossible to stop eating! Also, they are little round guys and fit perfectly in the individual mason jars that I used this time.
A quick side note about the mason jars, they might not be the most original things but I like using them for two reasons. They provide perfect personal portions and you can always pop a lid on them and stick them in the fridge until dinner time.
One of the characteristics of true Italian cooking is very few but good quality ingredients and very simple cooking instructions. This Tiramisu recipe is no exception.
Italian Tiramisu is quite a simple dessert with just a few ingredients. Ladyfingers soaked in a sweet mixture of espresso and marsala wine.
Then topped with a creamy layer made of the mixture of mascarpone, sugar and egg yolks. Since using raw eggs could be unsafe I replaced them with whipping cream.
How do I make chocolate curls for desserts?
There is a proper way and an easy way to make chocolate curls to decorate your desserts. I prefer the simple method of scraping a chocolate bar with a cheese knife or a vegetable peeler, which creates the most beautiful chocolate shavings!
The proper way is to melt chocolate then spread it on a clean surface and let it set. Once set drag the blade of a knife across to create long chocolate curls.
This Amaretti Tiramisu is such a great dessert to have in your cooking arsenal as it is so quick yet very impressive.
Finish your fabulous Tiramisu on a sweet note with these delicious drinks:
- 20-24 Amaretti cookies soft or crispy
- 60ml/2 oz espresso or strong coffee
- 250g/1cup mascarpone
- 250ml/1cup double/whipping cream
- 35g/1/4cup icing sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4-4 tsp rum, brandy or marsala wine
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 4 tbsp grated or shaved chocolate for decorating
- Make two shots of espresso if you have an espresso machine or 2 oz of very strong coffee. Divide your amaretti cookies among 4 mason jars or glasses. Pour 1/2 of espresso shot in each glass over the cookies and 1 tsp of rum or marsala.
- Whip mascarpone and cream with icing sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form, it will take about 5 minutes. Divide your mascarpone mixture evenly among 4 jars. Dust with cocoa or sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Chill for at least one hour before serving.