Perfect Entertaining

Recipe Contest
<+script type="text/javascript" src="">
Some of My Favorite Things

Recipe of the Week

Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Irish Coffee Tiramisu

This version of the ever-popular Tiramisu mixes some of the traditional Italian ingredients, like mascarpone cheese and espresso with traditional Irish ingredients like shortbread cookies and Irish cream liqueur for a delicious and unique dessert. It needs to be made ahead of time for the flavors to blend and the cookies to soften, but do not make it too far in advance or the cookies will become mushy. You can add a little Irish whiskey in the place of some of the liqueur for an added buzz, and for an alcohol-free version can use Irish cream syrup in place of the liqueur. In a pinch you can substitute light cream cheese for the mascarpone. Traditional lady fingers can be used in place of the shortbread cookies and you can make this in a square pan and cut the servings into squares instead of using individual dishes.

1 cup softened mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dash salt
1/3 cup Irish cream liqueur
1/3 cup espresso or strong coffee
12 round shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

In a medium bowl, beat together the mascarpone, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and salt until smooth. In a small bowl mix together the liqueur and espresso. Place a cookie in the bottom of six small bowl or dessert cups. Brush the liqueur mixture liberally over the cookies, then spread with about 3 tablespoons of the mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle a small amount of cocoa on top of the mascarpone and top with another cookie. Brush the cookies with the liqueur mixture, using all the remaining liquid. Top with another 3 tablespoons of the mascarpone mixture, using all of the remaining mascarpone, and then sprinkle with the remaining cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve chilled.

Makes 6 servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

All text, graphics, recipes, and articles copyright Perfect Entertaining 2001-2011, unless otherwise attributed. Legal Disclaimer. Privacy Policy. Please do not reprint or distribute any of the material on this website without permission. For reprint permission, advertising information, or for information about recipe or menu development, contact me via our feedback form. Thank you.