Friday, December 7, 2012

Mixed Berry Tiramisu

I made mini tiramisu for a tasting party (you know how I love to make everything tiny!) but obviously, you could also make this recipe and serve in regular sized portions.

Yield:  16 mini portions or about 8 regular sized ones

2 packages lady fingers (about 32)
1 cup prepared coffee
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 lb mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
1-2 tsps cocoa powder
1-2 tsps chocolate shavings

Berry Mixture:
6 ounces (1 pkg) fresh blueberries
6 ounces (1 pkg) fresh blackberries
6 ounces (1 pkg) fresh raspberries
1/2 lb fresh strawberries
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp lime juice
Combine berries, powdered sugar, lime juice, and 1/2 cup water in a pot and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat and simmer until berries are soft and liquid has reduced slightly.  Reserve and chill until cool.

While berry mixture is cooling, arrange the first layer of lady fingers in trifle bowl(s), cutting edges if necessary to fit.  Use any cut pieces to fill in gaps.

Next, whip mascarpone, heavy cream and white sugar until smooth and thick.

To assemble, for the first layer, pour some coffee over the arranged lady fingers, then add some rum, reserving some of each for next layers.  Spread mascarpone cheese over the soaked ladyfingers, then spoon a portion of the berry mixture on top.  Continue for each layer until you have run out, saving some of the mascarpone whipped cream for the top layer.

Once you have arranged the tiramisu, garnish with cocoa powder and cocoa shavings.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Tips:   This will be good in the fridge for about a day and 1/2, so you can prepare it in advance.  Also, you may need more rum and coffee.... I find I always end up adding more than any recipe (including my own!) calls for; those little fingers are thirsty!

Finally, I have seen berry tiramisu like this but with the coffee omitted, I personally like the combination but if you think the coffee will overwhelm the berry flavor, omit it or cut down on the amount.

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