Monday, May 21, 2012

Easy Tiramisu (no cooking)

Everybody loves my tiramisu. I use cream cheese instead of marscapone because I prefer the flavour, but the choice is yours.

36 ladyfinger cookies (about 1 1/2 packages)
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons instant coffee
2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups whipping cream (I just used the whole 500ml carton)
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons white rum
1 cup frozen raspberries, defrosted and drained
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
cocoa powder

Mix coffee with warm water and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed then once combined turn to high for 2 minutes until cheese is smooth.

Reduce speed to low and add whipping cream vanilla, rum and 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid.

Once combined turn speed to high and whip until light and fluffy. It seems very liquidy at first, but trust me, it will firm up after a few minutes. Keep whipping.

One at a time, dip cookies into the coffee liquid for only 2 or 3 seconds per side. Make a layer of dipped cookies in the bottom of your bowl and around the sides if you want. Add a layer of cream, then berries. Repeat layers making sure the last layer is cream.

Dust with cocoa powder and chill for several hours before serving. I like to make it the night before and let it sit for at least 12 -24 hours, that way the cookies will be nice and soft. Serve cold.

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