Saturday, October 3, 2009


This is something we have never made before, and it was so simple and quick, a great dessert after a pizza dinner at home with the family. We found that a nice sub for fat-laden mascarpone is neufchatel cream cheese.

2 packages hard ladyfinger cookies

3 tbsp. espresso powder mixed with 2/3 cup hot water
2 tbsp. rum
3 tbsp. raw sugar

1 8-oz. block neufchatel cheese
1 small container of whipping cream
5 tbsp. raw sugar

1/3 of dark chocolate bar, shavings

Arrange cookies along the bottom of a long pan. Pour warm espresso-rum mixture over the cookies to soak them and let this sit. Whip cheese, cream, and sugar until fluffy, and spread this over soaked cookies. Top generously with shaved chocolate. It should be in fridge for an hour or two before serving.


Milk and Honey Mommy said...


I've been putting this off for so many years. As a lover of Tiramisu, there is just no other way around it than to finally (maybe, I'm still not sure) try to make it myself. I'm sure my pocket book would fare much better if I were to try this. Do you recommend any particular brand of espresso?

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

We actually used instant espresso powder from Whole foods; it's called Ferrara Instant Espresso Coffee. It is really good!

Seriously, from start to finish, making the tiramisu took maybe 15 minutes. You should go for it this week!