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3.11.2013

Tiramisu

Don't trust me with your surprises, people.  Just keep your lips zipped.


Because I'm a spiller.  Especially when it comes to food surprises!  I just...I get too excited.  I can't keep things to myself.  Food excitement must. be. shared.

Today, I had fully planned to surprise my husband with homemade Tiramisu for his birthday dessert.  It's his very favorite, and is always his dessert of choice at a restaurant or, well, whenever else there's a choice.

Me?  Not so much.  It's not that I don't like the Italian coffee confection, it's that I always like something else more.  And since it's not socially acceptable or economically feasible for me to taste one of each (I've asked), Tiramisu usually gets the no thank you.

And although I fully intended to keep tonight's dessert under wraps, I also couldn't prevent the giant bottle of Kahlua and weird-looking Italian ladyfinger box from hanging out on the island while I was cooking.  And anytime I brew coffee in the middle of the afternoon it always draws an eyebrow.  Oopsy.

But most importantly, I also decided I wanted to share it with you on this March Monday.  I mean, what makes a pre-Spring Monday look up more than a fancy, homemade dessert?  The answer is not much, my friends.

And you're going to be so excited when I tell you that this version of Tiramisu contains considerably less fat and fewer calories than traditional recipes.  And that it was easier than crazy easy to make.  Are you excited??  This is what I mean about food excitement!

With this recipe, a quick espresso drizzle is made using sugar and espresso granules on the stove.  Got leftover coffee in the pot from the morning?  Use that instead!  Adding Kahlua takes it to a whole new level.  Then silky, fat-free cream cheese gets blended with a small amount of luxurious mascarpone cheese and a bit more sugar and Kahlua.  Layers of crispy ladyfinger cookies are softened with the espresso drizzle and then layered with filling and cocoa powder.

Life is just fantastic.

I made this dessert a day before I planned to serve it, and I think doing so gives it plenty of time for the flavors and textures to mesh together into the perfect Tiramisu.  At a minimum, you should let it chill for 2 hours prior to serving.

Happy birthday, husband.  This homemade Tiramisu is made with love and health for you to enjoy guiltlessly on your birthday even after a weekend of birthday cake, cheesecake, cookies, chocolate peanut butter bites, and a broken garage water spigot.  And, surprise!  I've left it intact instead of putting birthday candles into a hot mess of broken cake in order to take a few blog photos.  Can't ever say I don't love you enough!


Tiramisu
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1/2 c water
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs instant espresso granules
4 tbs Kahlua (coffee-flavored liqueur), divided
1 8-oz block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 3.5 oz carton mascarpone cheese
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c packed brown sugar
24 cakelike ladyfingers
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated

Preparation:
To make the espresso drizzle, combine the water, 2 tbs sugar, and espresso granules in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, and then cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally, making sure the sugar dissolves.  Remove from the heat, and then stir in 2 tbs of the Kahlua.  Cool completely, and then pour into a strainer over a small bowl to separate the liquid from the coffee granules.  Discard the granules and save the liquid.


To prepare the filling, combine the cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Add in 1/3 c sugar, the brown sugar, and the remaining 2 tbs of the Kahlua.  Beat at a medium speed until well blended.

In an 8-inch square baking dish, arrange lady fingers so that they cover the entire bottom.  You may need to break some in half to fit.  Drizzle half of the espresso mixture over the ladyfingers, turning over to coat both sides.



Spread half of the filling over the ladyfingers.


Repeat the procedure with the remaining ladyfingers, espresso mixture, and filling.  Combine the cocoa and the chocolate in a small bowl, and sprinkle evenly over the top of the filling.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours prior to serving.





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