Monday, July 28, 2008

Not-a-Tiramisu

not-a-tiramisu© by Haalo


In deference to purists, I'll put it right at the start, this isn't a traditional Tiramis├╣. Its relationship to Tiramis├╣ is that it is a layered dessert made with coffee soaked cake and mascarpone.

not-a-tiramisu© by Haalo


The cake used was a weekend leftover - it was this chocolate and hazelnut cake I've written about in the past. To make a little bit go a lot further, I sliced it thinly and then soaked it in cooled blend of espresso and Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur).

Rather than go for the egg/mascarpone blend of the traditional I took a much simpler route. A 50/50 mix of cream and mascarpone, lightly whipped with vanilla bean paste to give it an attractive speckled appearance.

They both end the same way - left in the fridge to chill and set and then sprinkled with cocoa powder.

not-a-tiramisu© by Haalo

With its blend of chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee, mascarpone and cream, regardless of its pedigree, it is utterly delicious.

An earlier example of Tiramis├╣ vandalism shamelessly made in Florence, can also be found here.

15 comments:

  1. Hazelnut, chocolate and coffee. Sounds amazing.

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  2. Fearless KitchenJuly 29, 2008

    This looks fantastic. It's also a great way to use up those leftovers!

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  3. I think I'd actually like this better than the traditional tiramisu! Looks amazing.

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  4. I consistently leave your blog salivating!

    I also love the idea of the sweet potato falafels and will try them out.

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  5. This is better than the traditional tiramisu: it has hazelnuts!

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  6. Oh, I love this! And the Tira-mela. Love it!

    Paz

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  7. Thanks Alexa!

    Thanks Fearless - it certainly stretched out what was left over.

    Thanks Ricki - i still have a soft spot for a real tiramisu

    Thank you Maven - hope you do try out the falafel!

    Thanks JS - ah yes, everything improves with hazelnuts!

    Thank you Paz - hope you are feeling better too!

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  8. Never had tiramisu with hazelnuts. Must be great.

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  9. Pictures look great. I love tiramisu and Im sure this would go down equally as well

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  10. swirlingnotionsJuly 30, 2008

    Oh my, oh my, oh my, does this look decadent and delicious.

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  11. Hi Poonam - all the ingredients are delicious by themselves so you can't go wrong by putting them all together

    Thanks Beth!

    Thanks Lia - it is quite decadent so a little goes a long way.

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  12. That non tiramisu certainly looks the part and I bet it tastes unbelievable too :)

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  13. I really wish I could dive into my screen with a spoon....

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  14. Thanks Y - they went all too quickly

    Thanks Nic - i'll follow you in!

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  15. thanks, haalo. i continue to heal.

    paz

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