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Monday, April 25, 2011

Tiramisu - A Twist on the Classical

Tiramisu conjures images of sitting outside an Italian bakery, savoring the creamy yumminess of this dessert while enjoying the Italian scenery.  I decided very last minute - literally IN the grocery store - to make this dessert for our Easter Family Luncheon.  INSIDE the grocery store meant I was going off the top of my head to recall possible needed items to make this dish.  I knew I had a package of Lady Finger cookies in the pantry.  Coffee - check (ALWAYS at home!).  Picked up some Whipping Cream.  Thought - let's make this an EASY dessert to make - grabbed a large box of Vanilla Pudding mix.  Could NOT for the life of me find Marscapone Cheese - even with asking for directions from the employees, still could not.  And if you happened to be in the chaos of grocery shopping on Saturday - THE DAY BEFORE EASTER - you can understand why I just threw in the towel, grabbing a block of Cream Cheese
Having checked my plan with several versions of Tiramisu, I forged ahead.  And the end result was SO GOOD!

Tiramisu - a Twist on the Classic
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Vanilla
1/2 cup STRONG brewed coffee (instant is fine)
2 Tbsp Kahlua (can be omitted)
16 oz cream cheese
large box of Vanilla Pudding mix (sugar free is fine)
1 Package Lady Finger Cookies
Cocoa Powder for dusting

1 - In mixer, pour whipping cream.  Add sugar.  Beginning on low, start whipping the cream.  Beat till whipped.  Add vanilla pudding mix.  Add cream cheese in small portions.  Blend well.  Set aside.
2 - Combine coffee and Kahlua.  Pour into a shallow dish for dipping Lady Finger cookies.
3 - Dip cookies 2 at a time in coffee.  Leave cookies on each side in the coffee for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  They absorb the liquid quickly. Only do 1/2 at this time.  Line the bottom of an 8X8 dish with the cookies.
4 - Top with 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture.  Save other 1/2 for next layer.
5 - Dip the rest of the cookies in coffee, layering on top of the cream cheese mixture.
6 - Dust with cocoa powder if you would like.
6 - Top with rest of cream cheese mixture.

Shared over at Mouthwatering Mondays, Mangia Mondays


  1. i'll take a giant piece, thanks!

    i love tiramisu & this looks so so yummy!

    thanks so much for linking up to magia mondays!


  2. I just looooove Tiramisu!And the one you have here looks so delicious dear!Thanks so much for coming over to my place and following me:)I do hope you enjoy your stay!

    Nice knowing you,

  3. This look SOOO YUMMY! Thank you for sharing! I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely LOVE it!!! I am now your newest follower and I hope you will follow me too! I look forward to reading your future blog posts!

  4. Lovely Tiramisu!
    Been following your blog since first week of April! Thanks for dropping by Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner! Til next time...:)

  5. Your recipe sounds all good to me.I am your newest follower.Hope you can drop by and visit my blog too.

  6. Thank you ladies for visiting the kitchen!
    Marelie - welcome aboard!

  7. That sounds like my kind of dessert. It is hard to beat chocolate and homemade whipped cream!