Recipe by Sarah Phillips © 2000 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com, Healthy Oven is a registered trademark of Sarah Phillips
Variation: Espresso Tiramisu
I make this recipe all the time for dinner parties. I can make it in advance and it's always a big hit with my guests. A simple description of a Traditional Tiramisu is a sponge cake soaked in strong coffee or espresso, which can be further spiked with a coffee liqueur. In a trifle or deep bowl, it is layered with a custard-like filling, many times a zabaglione custard combined with either mascarpone or cream cheese. For a shortcut, store bought cake can be used. Authentic tiramisu can be made with an Italian sponge cookie called Savoiardi (known in the U.S. as ladyfingers), which can be purchased already made or baked fresh.
The recipe is then topped with whipped cream followed by a sprinkling of cocoa powder, cinnamon or shaved chocolate. The whole thing can be further spiked with sweet marsala wine or rum. Tiramisu is best made a day in advance so the flavors can meld together -- and to be eaten if you are not on a diet or feel like cheating! Make note that this recipe is for a lower calorie version!
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