Tiramisu – my favorite dessert!
Tiramisu – smooth, soft and sweet!
Tiramisu – a taste of heaven on earth!
During our travels throughout Italy, tiramisu was always my dessert of choice! I enjoyed trying the local version of the popular dessert. And, I must say, few tasted like the frozen versions sold in the local grocery store. Again, nothing beats the homemade version!
When we lived in Switzerland, John worked with a woman whose husband was Italian. Discovering my love of tirmaisu, she brought a dish of the delightful dessert to work for John to bring home to me. Needless to say, it was love at first bite – not just for me but for the whole family! The challenge was translating the Italian recipe from her mother-in-law into English! Thankfully, my German tutor was also fluent in Italian! The following recipe is a modified version of the original, authentic Italian tiramisu recipe and boy is it good!
While tiramisu may not be the most healthy dessert, I have made it as healthy as possible. When I purchase Lady Fingers for the filling, it falls into the 20% of the 80/20 rule. Since we eat healthy the majority of the time, I allow this indulgence 😉
The recipe for homemade lady fingers follows the Tiramisu recipe. I use sprouted flour or almond flour from my affiliate partners (where to buy sprouted flour) / (where to buy almond flour) for the homemade lady fingers. While they are not as light as the store bought version, they are more healthy.
In the following recipes, Tiramisu and Homemade Lady Fingers, I have linked to products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend.
Yield 6 servings
- 6 oz espresso
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp Amaretto
- 2 Tbsp Cointreau
- 2 c. marscapone or homemade cream cheese
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 3/4 c. honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (where to buy REAL salt)
- 1/4 c. lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- lady fingers
***I buy all my real salt and spices from my affiliate partner, Starwest Botanicals, because of their superior quality. Their herbs & spices are organic, non-irradiated plus, I think they are more aromatic and full flavored than any others.
- Mix together the espresso, 1 Tbsp honey, Amaretto and Cointreau - set aside and allow to cool completely.
- Mix the ricotta cheese, egg yolks, 3/4 c honey, salt and lemon juice together thoroughly.
- Beat egg whites until stiff.
- , Fold the egg whites into the ricotta cheese mixture.
- In a deep dish, place a layer of lady fingers in the bottom. Spoon the coffee mixture over the lady fingers to saturate them. Cover with the marscapone or cream cheese mixture on top and continue layer ending with the cheese mixture.
- Refrigerate overnight.
Homemade Lady Fingers
- 1/3 c. flour (where to buy sprouted flour)
- 1/3 c. raw sugar
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 whole egg
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
***I buy all my spices from my affiliate partner Starwest Botanicals because of their superior quality. Their herbs & spices are organic, non-irradiated plus, I think they are more aromatic and full flavored than any others.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Have all ingredients room temperature.
- Mix together the raw sugar and salt.
- Beat whole egg, egg yolks and vanilla until thick and yellow colored.
- Whip egg whites until stiff.
- Fold the raw sugar mixure into the egg whites and continue beating until it thickens again.
- Fold in the egg yolk mixture.
- Mix in the flour.
- Using a pastry tube, cookie press or a Ziploc bag with a hole cut out of one corner, shape the dough into 3 1/2 - 4 inch by 1 1/2 inch strips on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes and allow to cool.