Absolutely! Its sweet, its rich and best of all this one happens to be eggless too! And it has been made specially for the one year old. After all there has to be something fitting to mark the first Birthday, a very important milestone.
In case you are still wondering, its the blog that has completed one year. Taste Buds started on this day last year after much deliberation and some inspiration from my dear friend. 75 posts, various blog events, lots of encouragement from fellow bloggers & readers later I am very glad that I 'took the plunge'. Its great to be here amongst all of you, sharing the love for food (I didn't say cooking!). For the record though, I enjoy cooking but then everything has a burn out time :)
Blogging has become an integral part of my life now and so has reading other blogs. My day starts with having a peek at others' space to see what they are cooking or 'saying' on their blogs. In the past year, apart from posting my recipes, I have tried out a lot of recipes successfully from fellow bloggers, learnt a lot about ingredients (thanks to events such as JFI, Think Spice etc) that were taken for granted by me and started using a lot many 'new' veggies, spices etc which I was not very familiar with.
Now for the Tiramisu. I have wanted to try out this Italian dessert for a long time but the use of almost raw eggs always put me off, so also the wine. I know the wine is supposed to be an integral part of Tiramisu but I just don't like that taste in my dessert. Any recipe I looked had one or both of them in addition to sounding a bit complex. Then I came across this one from Gordon Ramsay. Although there is no egg, it does have the wine in it. It was time I realised that there might be no recipe without the wine in it. So I took the eggless recipe & made it wineless too. I replaced the wine with Pomegranate & cranberry juice (same colour, you see :). It seems to have worked because the end result was almost like the real one without the winey taste. Of course those who swear by the 'real' Tiramisu might find this appalling - no eggs? no wine?? whatever next??? But it works for me (& GM too), we liked this version a lot.
The original recipe assembles the tiramisu in separate serving glasses, but I have made it in a square dish (approx 3"x3") and two individual ramekins.
(Adapted from a recipe by Gordon Ramsay)
- 3/4 cup Mascarpone
- 1 cup single cream
- 4 tblsp Caster Sugar
- About 16 Sponge Fingers (Also called Lady Fingers)
- 2 tblsp strong instant coffee granules dissolved in 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tblsp Pomegranate & Cranberry Juice
- Cocoa powder for dusting
Whisk together the Mascarpone, vanilla extract, pomegranate juice and 1/3 of the coffee.
Whisk the cream with caster sugar until stiff and smooth. Now fold in the above Mascarpone mixture to this cream and set aside.
Line the dish you are using with the sponge fingers dipped in coffee. Spoon in the Mascarpone mixture to form a thick layer.
Chill in the fridge for about 1-2 hours for the flavours to infuse.
Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.
Note: Since this one is eggless I found that its a bit heavier/denser than the Tiramisu available in restaurants & stores, but I preferred this one.
Thank you everyone for bringing Taste Buds this far. I hope to receive the same encouragement in future and I will keep posting my experiments and experiences in the kitchen.