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
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