Monday, 30 June 2014

Chocolate Tiramisu - speedy & easy


This post is a struggle to write. Not because it's a difficult recipe but because I am fasting and craving this Tiramisu. But I owe it to everyone out there who has never attempted it or who would like to but isn't a fan of coffee desserts, so here it is. I made this for a dinner party and it easily fed 10 people. You can cut the recipe in half for a smaller portion. My dessert bowl was also rather large, so beware to use something smaller if you do reduce the recipe.

If you do like coffee in desserts, you can simply substitute the hot chocolate for coffee below.

Ingredients

  • 2 x 500g tub Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 397g tins condensed milk
  • 3 x packets sponge fingers (dry)
  • 5-6 tbsp Cadbury hot chocolate powder (or 3 2 tbsp coffee)
  • 4 tbsp orange juice (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cocoa (for dusting)
  1. In an electric mixer, fold the Mascarpone cheese with the condensed milk until combined. Be careful not to add too much condensed milk, as it will become too runny. We don't want the sponge fingers to float! (This has happened to me before...not a pretty sight)
  2. Make the Chocolate/Orange mixture by adding the boiling water to the chocolate mix in a small bowl. Once it has dissolved, add the orange juice (to taste). 
  3. Open your packet of sponge fingers and dip each side into the Hot Chocolate. They will soak up liquid quickly, so just a 1 second dip each side with do the trick.
  4. Place the sponge finger, sugar side up, on to the base of your dessert bowl. Continue until you have completed the first layer of sponge fingers. 
  5. Using a rubber spatula, dollop over about 1 cup of Mascarpone cheese mix, spreading it out evenly over the sponge. You should not be able to see the sponge fingers underneath the Mascarpone. 
  6. Generously sift over cocoa powder. 
  7. Begin the second layer on sponge fingers, followed by the Mascarpone and then the cocoa.
  8. Continue until the dessert bowl is full or until you have run out of sponge fingers. End with a layer of Mascarpone cheese and cocoa. 
  9. Allow to set in the fridge for 2 hours minimum. This dessert keeps well for up to 4 days.