Friday, April 1, 2011

Cherry Tiramisu

For a deliciously different twist on a tiramisu style dessert, add fresh or canned cherries.

For a lower fat version, substitute 250g of the muscarpone for 250g of light ricotta. You won't even notice the difference.

Cherry Tiramisu
800g fresh cherries, pitted
250g savoiardi (sweet sponge finger biscuits)
1 cup esspresso coffee
1 cup marsala
300mL thickened cream, whipped
500g muscarpone
3 tbsp caster sugar
Drinking chocolate
Optional flaked chocolate

  1. Cover the fresh cherries in marsala and leave overnight in the fridge.
  2. Add coffee to the cherries and marsala. Carefully spoon out cherries, leaving liquid in the bowl..
  3. Dip each savoiardi biscuit into the coffee marsala mix before placing in the tiramisu dish. Line the base with half the savoiardi biscuits.
  4. Add a couple more spoonfuls of the coffee marsala.
  5. Spoon over half the cherries.
  6. In a large bowl, fold whippped cream into muscarpone.
  7. Spread half the muscarpone mix over the first layer of cherries.
  8. Sprinkle drinking chocolate over and repeat layers one more time.

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