Thursday, 3 August 2006

Pick me up

It is hubby dear's birthday today. I planned to bake him a black forest cake as it is his favourite cake. Just to be sure, I asked him "What do want me to make for your birthday?"
He replied "Whatever you want to. You don't need to trouble yourself a lot."
I said "Just tell me what you feel like having."
He asked "Would you make tiramisu for me?"

Now I remember that tiramisu was the first dessert I made for him. It has been almost 2 years since I made the last tiramisu. So, yesterday after work, I bought a packet of ladyfinger biscuits or sponge fingers and a tub of mascarpone cheese. The rest of the ingredients were at home. As soon as I reached home, I quickly whipped it up. Hubby was on and off peeping into the kitchen. He just could not wait to indulge himself with his favourite dessert but then, I told him that he has to wait until tomorrow (which is today) to have it as tiramisu needs an overnight chilling.


What do we need:

2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup marsala wine or kahlua or any coffee

1 cup hot water
5 tbsp coffee powder or granules
3 tbsp brandy (optional)

20 ladyfinger biscuits or sponge fingers
250 g mascarpone cheese
1 cup whipping or double cream

1 cup grated chocolate
2 tbsp cocoa or chocolate powder

How do we do it:

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Slowly stir in the wine or liqour. Cook on a double boiler, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when the custard is thick. Set aside to cool.

Combine hot water and coffee. Let cool. When cooled, add the brandy and set aside.

Beat mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the cooled egg custard and continue beating slowly. Set aside.

Beat the cream until soft. Gently combine the mascarpone mixture with the beaten cream.

To assemble, dip the biscuits one by one into the coffee and arrange neatly in a dish. The biscuits could be broken to fit the dish. Spread half of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle grated chocolate. Repeat with the biscuits and cheese mixture again. Sprinkle cocoa or chocolate powder on top. Chill well, preferably overnight before serving.



Shammi said...

Happy birthday to your husband! :) Y'know, tiramisu is my husband's favourite sweet too... only I've never made it because I didnt know how to. I think I might surprise him, one of these days, thanks to you, Puspha :)

Thank u. I'm glad tat u've found the recipe now. Do let me know how u both like it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa,

This is my first visit to ur blog.Very Impressive and wonderful mouth watering recipes.My birthday wishes to ur husband.Tiramasu is my favourite.Shall henceforth be visiting ur blog on a regular basis.
I had been to switzerland recently and wow that place is heaven on earth:)


Thank very much & welcome to the blog. Had we known each other earlier, we culd have met.

Nabeela said...

Aww...that's very sweet of you Pushpa to bake your husband's favorite dessert.
I've been looking for tiramisu recipes and found some very good ones..including yours, but I still have no idea where to find mascarpone cheese or ladyfingers :(

Thank u very much. I'm sure u can get those ingredients in ur local supermarkets.

Rikki said...

Hi, that looks delicious!!
Thanks for the link to Gimme Your Stuff :)

Thank u. No problem at all.

Anonymous said...

I love tiramasu. Yours looks absolutely delicious.

And my birthday wishes to your hubby.

Thanx a lot.

archana said...

This is my favorite dessert in the entire universe, perhaps the only dessert i can eat more than one serving. Looks good.

Thank u very much.

Tanuja said...

Hi Pushpa,

My birthday wishes to Mr pushpa:)

yummy looking desert.

Thanx. The name of my blog is derived from a combo of my name & my hubby's name. From this hint, I'm sure u can figure out his name. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi. Tiramisu is my favourite dessert as well...but I have missed it since returning home to India. Which Indian cheese would come closest to mascarpone, mushed paneer, drained youdhurt, or a mix of both?...sponge buiscuits I could always make from scratch.
I read your blog regularly from Delhi.

Many thanx & welcome to the blog. Well, I don't think I could answer to ur question as I have never eaten paneer before. Anyway, I'll try my best to find a substitute to mascarpone.

Unknown said...

Pushpa dear-
You've really outdone yourself with this heavenly dessert-Your husband is truly a lucky person and I'm sure you made him very happy with this one

Thank u very mcuh dear. Yes, hez been aving tiramisu for breakfast, as dessert after lunch & dinner. :)

Sumitha said...

Pushpa Awesome looking tiramisu!Belated wishes to your hubby,my hubby too celebrated his bday recently on the 24th July!What a lucky hubby you have!

Thank u & belated wishes to ur hubby too. Well, I'm also lucky to have him.

Anonymous said...

Happy b'day wishes to your husband. Thats an amazing dish Pushpa. Your husband must be feeling on top of the world. He is a lucky guy :).

Thank u very much. He wouldn't stop eating it. I'm also equally lucky to have him.

Anonymous said...

Puspha, yummy Tiramisu. Me & my DD all time favourite for breadfast, lunch, dinner & supper. Will try out your recipe soon. Happy beated Birthday to your DH. Being missing you in Jodeli forum.

Thank u very much. He wouldn't stop eating it. I'm also equally lucky to have him.

Mandira said...

Wow puspha, what a treat! Tiramisu looks delicious and a great way to celebrate DH birthday. Belated birthday wishes to DH.

Thank u very much.

Krithika said...

I absolutely love Tiramisu. Love the taste of Mascarpone cheese. Yours looks great !

Many thanx to u.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy Birthday to your husband!!! I love Tiramisu and yours looks just perfect!...

Merci Bien.

Sudha said...

Pushpa, happy belated b'th day wishes to your husband..This dessert is very new to looks so delicious..

Thank u. Y don't u try it & let me know how u liked it.

diddy said...

happy birthday to your hubby! Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert! I'm afraid to make it because I have NO self control around it! haha, I've had hazadous experiences with my being around tiramisu and it always resulted in missing tiramisu on the plate! yours looks so good! I'm already craving it

Thank u friend. Gosh!!! u must b a tirumisu maniac, like my hubby. :))

Surya Hith said...

The dessert is heavenly pushpa.My hubby also is a huge fan of thiramisu. I am planning to make this for him.thanks for the recipe.

Thank u. Itz my pleasure.

Vien said...

Wow, Puspha! What can you not bake?? I have to try this tiramisu recipe of yours.

Thanx. Do let me know of the outcome.

Menu Today said...

Hi Puspha,
My belated wishes to Your "Hubby Dear". Yummy Looking "Tiramisu" .
Thanx for your visual treat:-)

Thank u very much to u too.

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby!! Your tiramisu looks delicious!

Thanx a lot.

indosungod said...

Great B'Day treat, am sure it tasted great, love Tiramisu.

Many thanx to u.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

ooooh..why do u do this to me...looks awesome!

Thank u very much my friend.

Anonymous said...

Pushpa ... you are really talented!! Everything looks mouth-watering!! Can't wait to try it!!

Thank u. Tell me how u like it.

Varsha said...

looks YUMMY.....will try it when i am a bit more mature as a cook...:)

Thanx Varsha. Well, in my opinion, u don't need to b a mature or a pro cook to make this easy peasy dessert.

Anonymous said...

Your tiramisu looks heavenly,pushpa:)

Thank u very much, Paati :o)

Anonymous said...

hi there.. thanx for this wonderful recipe.. may i know wat are sponge fingers?

Anonymous said...

Hi Puspha,

Tiramisu looks great !. Im from singapore and tasted this desert couple of times but never thought of trying it unitl i saw your reciepe. I need few clarification i not able to get Mascarpone cheese instead can i use plain cream cheese and is the kahlua mandatory.


Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

Hi Pushpa

Your tiramisu looks great! I have a tiramisu recipe I got from my neighbour,which is very similar to yours, but doesn't require cooking over a double-boiler. May I know why do we need to mix it over a double-boiler?

My recipe requires separation of egg yolks and whites and beating the egg whites until soft peaks. I use icing sugar instead of plain sugar.

I am sharing my recipe here with you:

Miss B

MADHURI said...

I love the way the dish looks but unfortunately very poorly written instructions.

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