Though I've made true Tiramisu on occasion over the years, it can be a bit costly to create this scrumptious dessert in authentic fashion. Some of the ingredients, depending on the recipe you choose, are often hard to find, or time consuming to make. Try asking for Mascarpone cheese in Podunk, Oklahoma. Lady fingers (Savoiardi), Marsala wine and other ingredients may serve as an endless search of numerous grocery stores.
Other than a store purchased angel food cake loaf (*gasp*) you may likely have all the ingredients for a much easier, delicious though not quite comparable recipe right in your kitchen.
Give it a whirl. It's quick, easy and though certainly not as grandiose as true Tiramisu, there is nothing to screw up,
and it doesn't require as lengthy a period of refrigeration to allow the flavors to blend.
Step 1: Shopping List...
Your shopping list:
* 1 ready-made angel food cake loaf (10.5 oz)
The closer your cake is to the expiration date on the package, the drier your dessert will be. Use a fresh cake.
The best ready-made cakes are baked right at the store, not brought in on a truck.
If you can bake your own cake, great.
* 8 oz. Philadelphia, or other brand cream cheese
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (think Watkins)
* 3/4 cup strong coffee, cooled to room temperature
* 1-2 T coffee liqueur (Kamora is a great brand!)
If you don't drink on a regular basis, ask your local liquor store for a miniature bottle of liqueur.
No sense in purchasing a large bottle if you aren't going to use it.
* 1 dark chocolate candy bar, grated (1.55 oz)
* Garnish with fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries
Note: The strawberries are a very important addition. A few slices to the side of the cake allow for an occasional 'refreshing of the palate'. Oh, good grief, do I sound like a food snob? Strawberries and Angel Food Tiramisu - a wonderful pairing!