Saturday, April 21, 2012

No alcohol Halal Tiramisu

Okay so I'm Muslim and we don't drink alcohol among other things and so we have to find work arounds for the yummy things we love.

If you can't find mascarpone cheese then you can use ricotta with 1/2 a cup whipping cream added to it.
I have done it both ways and it's amazing either way.

4 egg whites ( if you dont want to use raw egg then add 1 cup extra whipping cream)
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp instant coffee
2 cups mascarpone cheese
 1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup strong coffee, If you have an espresso maker use fresh espresso
a pinch of halal vanilla powder. If you can't find this then use a vanilla bean steeped in a 1/4 cup hot milk.
1 package lady fingers, you can also use Angel food cake, Chocolate cake, pound cake, what ever.

Make your coffee or espresso first as it will need to be warm to dissolve the sugar  in a bowl add 1/4 cup sugar to the hot coffee stir until dissolved and set aside.

Next take the egg whites, mascarpone cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar and beat together using a hand mixer until well blended, Do this in a large bowl because you will be adding the whipped cream to it.

Beat the whipped cream and instant coffee together until you have whipped cream, make sure you do not over beat it, we dont want coffee flavored butter.

Start to fold the whipped cream and cheese mixture together, take care not to be rough.

In a cake pan make a layer of lady fingers, dip them in the coffee and then place on the bottom of the pan, cover with a layer of the cheese and Whipped cream mixture and repeat. You should have enough for 1 or 2 more layers depending on the size of the pan.

You can use a spring form pan to make the classic looking Tiramisu,  just line the edges of the pan with lady fingers and then layer them with cream the same as you would in a normal pan, either way it tastes the same.
You can top it with dutch coco powder and chocolate shavings.
Refrigerate 8-12 hrs before serving.