Tiramisu might be an Italian name for an Italian dessert but the only words you really need to describe this most luscious of creamy treats are ‘mmm’ and ‘ahh’.
Anyone who’s ever sunk the side of their spoon into the spongy layers of tiramisu knows how delicious such a simple combination of biscuits and cream cheese can be.
Not to mention irresistible. While cheesecake might be the world’s most popular dessert, tiramisu is just about everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure.
I think the reason tiramisu might not get as much time in the spotlight is that many people assume it’s a lot harder to make than it actually is.
The classic recipe couldn’t be simpler, made with mascarpone cream cheese, layered with lady finger biscuits soaked in coffee liqueur, and topped with cocoa powder.
To brighten it up a little, our recipe is a fresh, light and summery version of this traditional treasure, made with a strawberry coulis instead of coffee, and served with mixed berries.
Mixed Berry Tiramisu Is Literally A Feel-good Dessert
The literal meaning of tiramisu in Italian is “pick me up” or “cheer me up”. As the name implies, this is something sweet that’s served at the end of the meal to end the event with a smile.
Roberto Linguanotto, owner of Le Beccherie in Treviso, Italy was behind the creation of the very first tiramisu. This special dessert was created in the bakery of the restaurant and over time has continued to evolve as cooks conjure up new techniques of taking tiramisu one step further.
So why not berries, for a different flavour direction? Berries taste great, are highly nutritious and pack many health benefits into every mouthful, including for your heart and skin.
By including them in your diet on a regular basis, you can improve your overall health in a very enjoyable way. And what better excuse to increase your intake of tiramisu, if anyone asks?
Enjoy, buon appetito, and many happy ‘mmms’ and ‘aahs’!
Summery Mixed Berry Tiramisu
For the Tiramisu
- 250 g ladyfinger biscuits
- 50 g strawberries hulled and halved
- 125 g blueberries
- 125 g raspberries
- 500 g mascarpone cheese
- 100 g demerara sugar
- 5 eggs seperated
For the Coulis
- 250 g strawberries hulled
- 40 g sugar
- juice of 1 or 2 oranges
For the Coulis
- Puree the strawberries in a food processor with the sugar and orange juice
- Taste and adjust the sugar if necessary
- Strain the coulis to remove the seeds
For the Tiramisu
- Spread a little of the mascarpone cream around the base of a deep serving dish
- Dip half the biscuits in the coulis and moisten them well
- Arrange them in a layer in the dish on top of the mascarpone cream
- Pour half the mascarpone cream over the biscuits
- Repeat this process
- Arrange the halved strawberries on the top layer with the raspberries and blueberries
- Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight
Another great option for topping the tiramisu is a fine shaving of white chocolate.
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