3rd February
written by Nibblish

This is a simple and easy recipe for a delicious tiramisu, but you can tweak it to taste and up or down weight the coffee or alcohol flavour, replace the lemon with orange zest or vanilla with almonds. It looks quite fancy when prepared and served in individual round glasses but you could also prepare it in a larger dish and serve it in small plates.

Ingredients (serves 4)

400ml Mascarpone
6 tbsp Sugar
½ tsp lemon zest
1tsp vanilla extract
20ml cognac
½ cup of good quality coffee, sweetened
6 sponge fingers
110g dark chocolate, 10g for shavings and 100g for melting
20ml fresh cream
4 strawberries


1. Use a small portion of the chocolate to make shavings and save on the side. Place the rest in a small pan with the fresh cream. Stir regularly until combined and melted.

2. Mix the mascarpone with the sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract and half of the cognac.

3. Soak the sponge biscuits in sweetened coffee, just enough to cover it and add the rest of cognac.

4. Layer the mixtures into the serving dish/dishes, starting with a small portion of mascarpone on the bottom, followed by the sponge fingers, melted chocolate, more mascarpone, any leftover chocolate cream and chocolate shavings on top. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours and serve with a strawberry on top.

It will go down a treat served with an Italian dessert drink, such as an amaretto on crushed ice or a small glass of lemoncello! . While really quick and easy to make, you may still prefer to prepare it the day before and save it in the fridge overnight.

Click here for a Valentine’s version of this dish!

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