Tuesday, March 19, 2013

La dolce vita at its best: Tiramisu

La dolce vita at its best: Tiramisu in a glass

There are many versions of  this Italian classic and many families like to add their personal touch to the preparation of Tiramisu.

This dessert comes originally from the northern Italian region of Veneto but  it became soon very popular in and outside Italy's borders.

Tiramisu is an easy and elegant dessert and can be served  as a  big non bake cake or in individual portions.

I prefer to serve it in small portions, presented in a glass because I think it simply looks prettier that way.

To prepare Tiramisu you need:

250 g (8oz ) of Mascarpone

1 spoonful of thickened cream, lightly whipped

2 egg yolks

2 spoonful of caster sugar

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1/8 of cold espresso (or strong black coffee)

2 EL of Amaretto or another almond liqueur     

100-150 g (4.8 oz ) of sponge fingers

2 spoonful cocoa for dusting

1 cup fresh raspberries and some mint leaves for decoration


Pour coffee and Amaretto in a pot and set aside.

Beat egg yolks, sugar ,Mascarpone and lemon zest with an electric beater until thick and creamy.

Add the whipped cream, combine gently with the other ingredients.

Place sponge fingers in a large dish and brush generously with the espresso Amaretto mix, until  soaked.

Break sponge fingers into smaller pieces, fit them into a martini glass, pressing down gently.

Cover the layer generously with the Mascarpone mixture.

Repeat layers once.

Dust with Cocoa, top with fresh raspberries and a mint leave.

Serves 4

See you next Tuesday  :)
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  1. I love your version, it's so elegant. I'd much rather have a serving like this than in a large dish that you have to scoop out servings. This sounds very easy and looks stunning. I can't wait to try it.

    1. Hi Vicki,
      thank you, I'm glad you like the presentation!
      It's really easy , I prepared the Tiramisu today in the morning and it
      didn't take longer than 20 minutes.

  2. What a gorgeous way to present this dessert! It looks so beautiful. I will have to try it myself :) Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed the post!
      It's very easy to prepare, a real time saver when you have guests coming over:)
      Thanks for visiting.

  3. Gorgeous presentation! I love Tiramisu - such a flavorful dessert. Love the idea of making individual portions like this. Great photos! Good stuff - thanks.

  4. I usually made the traditional Tiramisu presentation but now I prefer this one, it's faster to prepare and looks quite nice :)

  5. I always want to get glasses like this not for drinking (we don't own one as we don't really drink other than wine, beer, whiskey) but to make beautiful tiramisu!! Love this idea - perfect dessert at home party!

    1. Hi Nami, these Martini glasses are easy to find and are very useful not only for desserts but also for entrances like shrimp cocktail and others :)

  6. this is such a delicious and elegant dessert! I wish I had some right now!

    1. Hi Jenn, wish I could invite you some Tiramisu so you can try it :)

  7. Hi Daniela, wow... you made my most favorite dessert. I can eat this for breakfast, lunch & dinner and can never get enough...:))
    I love your version, very simple yet so classy like from 5 stars gourmet restaurant.
    Can I have one right now. YUM!

    Have a lovely weekend. with hugs to you.

    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thank you so much for your kind words I really appreciate them!
      So happy that this is your favorite dessert, wish I could invite you one right now :)
      Have a lovely weekend as well!

  8. It looks beautiful served in a glass! I wish I could have tiramisu for breakfast this morning.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Wish I could invite you a bit of Tiramisu right now for breakfast :)

  9. Your version is gorgeous! Great presentation.

  10. Hi Zoe,
    I'm glad you liked the presentation, thanks for stopping by!

  11. A classic! I love it with seasonal fruits. Yours looks irresistible with fresh raspberries.

    1. Yes, it's a real classic and despite of it, there are so many versions of this recipe,even in Italy.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Love the presentation, looks amazing. One of my favorite desserts!

  13. It's one of my favorites too, welcome Kristy , to the Club of Tiramisu fans :)

  14. Daniela, I agree with so many of the other commenters that the presentation is tops! I noticed that you do something I do... your recipe calls for lemon zest, but I could swear those green flecks are lime, LOL.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      You are absolutely right the picture is made with lime zest!
      The original recipe is with lemon zest but it's very difficult to get lemon in Peru , that's why I used lime zest.
      You have definitely the trained eye of an excellent photographer :)
      Happy Easter, have a great week ahead!

  15. One of my favorite desserts...I do love simple presentation as I often do that too esp. if we have guests over elegant plus it's like serving size which is best of both worlds.
    Thanks for reminding me to make one soon too! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Hi Sandra,
      welcome to the club of Tiramisu fans!
      It's one of my favorites too :)
      Thanks for stopping by.


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