Some people (my mom and brother for instance) don't like coffee, but still want dessert.
In practical terms, this means that tiramisu is a cleaving dessert to prepare and it might not please everyone.
HOWEVER it is delicious.
Hence I present to you the Tearamisu (see what I did there), a much less bitter alternative that actually tastes great, and is a nice twist to the original recipe even for classical tiramisu lovers!
Furthermore, in case some people still want the traditional coffee version, the only thing that changes is which drink you dip the ladyfingers in. Which means most of the preparation is valid for both versions of this dessert and it's easy to make the two of them for the same meal! How cool. Let's get cooking!
Step 1: Ingredients
You will need (for 6 to 8 servings depending on appetite):
100g white sugar
Tea of your liking
If you like those, they're optional:
Orange flower water
Step 2: Mascarpone Cream
In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla extract if desired and egg yolks until foamy and white.
Next, add the mascarpone and whisk again!
Finally, whip the egg whites and incorporate them in the cream gently to keep the foamy, light texture.
Dark chocolate shavings can be made and added if desired, I made it both with and without and find that although I like chocolate in the classical tiramisu, it does not ideally compliment the tearamisu... Matter of taste!
Step 3: Assembly
Prepare a strong tea, using more leaves less water and infusing longer than you would if preparing tea for drinking.
I chose a lemon-y tasting black tea and added some orange flower water for extra "citrusness".
When the tea has cooled down, quickly dip the ladyfingers, without soaking them. There is a fine balance to achieve so that the final cake is not mushy.
Then, build the cake layer by layer starting with the ladyfingers and finishing with a layer of cream.
Reserve in the fridge for a couple hours, overnight is best for setting the cream properly.
Step 4: Bon Appétit!
I served mine cold with some jasmine tea. Let me know if you make one!