Wednesday 11 March 2009

Tiramisu for a one year old???

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.

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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.

Tiramisu (Eggless)

(Adapted from a recipe by Gordon Ramsay)

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  • 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.

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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.


  1. I love Tiramasu. Looks so good there,great recipe.

    As long as you don't dip the fingers in the coffee, I think kids will love it. My kids don't love the coffee flavor! :)

  2. Wow! That was fast Asha :) Thanks. But its the coffee flavour that I love the most about Tiramisu! As I have mentioned, its the wine that I have a problem with. Try making it with instant coffee (Nescafe etc), its a different flavour & that might work.

  3. LOL!! I did think it's for your one year old child!! So sorry, I was flitting here and there today, mind is too busy.

    I love the wine too in Tiramasu. Although coffee flavor is very subtle in Tiramasu, my kids still don't like them. But Malt might work, they do love Cocoa flavor! :)

    Happy first blog anniversary to you, enjoy! :))

  4. Happy bloggy birthday! Many happy returns!

  5. I never tried Tiramisu but from photo it looks very delicious. Happy Birhtday To ur Blog !! Keep blogging.

    Check my blog for treat

  6. Happy bloggy birthday...enjoy :)
    Tiramisu looks very delicious and nice click.... :)

  7. Hey Happy blog-birthday,and it indeed is a gr8 time to celebrate with Tiramisu.Recently i had heard a lot abt this dessert ,now i am itching to try out one,and since ur's says no egg,no wine(2 things i have a prob. with ) it surely fits the bill

  8. Loved the tiramisu, I would love to try this and soon! Happy Blog birthday, look forward to many more yum posts :-)

  9. Sra: Thanks a lot!

    Truoti: Thanks! Try it out, its way better tasting than it looks in the snaps :)

    Gayathri: Thanks!

    Alka: Exactly, no wine & no eggs but delicious all the same. Thanks.

    Usha: Thanks! Its great to have you here!

  10. Just wanted to let you know that ladyfinders contain eggs in them


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