Tiramisu (sans cafe, mais avec chocolat?)

It was my turn to bring dessert to dinner and after craving for some delicious tiramisu all day, I decided to make it. I was shopping for ingredients at the supermarket when I suddenly realized that none of my younger siblings took coffee! Wait, so how was I going to make tiramisu without coffee? While I pondered over that, I had a can of drinking chocolate powder in one hand. In an instance, it suddenly clicked – why not substitute the coffee with chocolate? The idea got me excited.

I have never made tiramisu so I had to YouTube several videos for guidance. My favourite video is the one below:

I used the following ingredients:

  1. Bonomi Savoiardi (Ladyfingers)
  2. Cello Rich & Creamy Mascarpone (~500g)
  3. Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
  4. Fresh Milk
  5. 3 Egg yolks
  6. 1/4 cup White caster sugar
  7. Vanilla essence (got mine from a local market)
  8. Fresh strawberries
  9. Hot water

The method I used is similar to what is demonstrated in the video except I dipped the ladyfingers in chocolate (chocolate powder with hot water only, no additional sugar) instead of coffee. When preparing the mascarpone cheese batter, initially I mixed the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and about half tub mascarpone cheese and diluted with a bit of milk but the batter turned out too sweet for my tastebuds.

UPDATE: I now cook the eggs first before combining with the mascarpone cheese to mitigate risks of salmonella poisoning. After mixing the eggs and sugar in a bowl, I set it over a saucepan filled with boiling water and let the steam from the water cook the mixture while I stir continuously.

So with my mixer running on medium, I slowly added more mascarpone cheese until the sweetness was tamed to my liking and added milk until I was satisfied with the texture of the batter – not too thick, not too runny but creamy enough that it could be spread smoothly over the soaked ladyfingers.

I had a medium-sized rectangular baking dish which I lined with a layer of soaked ladyfingers then mascarpone cheese on top. I repeated this twice before decorating the top of the tiramisu with sifted chocolate powder and strawberries. I don’t think it’s a norm to put strawberries on a tiramisu (?) but I had strawberries that needed to be consumed soon or they would mold so I used them to decorate the tiramisu top.  And la voila, a kid-friendly tiramisu without coffee and a hint of fruit freshness.

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Honestly, it actually turned out to be rather delicious! Or so the empty dish at the end of dinner would vouch for that 😉

Cover photo from Google.

 

 

 

 

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