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Transportive, transportable tiramisu

February 27, 2010

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.

I’m sitting on the couch with the last jar of tiramisu.  I doubled the recipe and made 16 half pints (of these, I ate a serious number  myself).  I love the combination of the cream and the lady ‘fingers’:  they way the layers look in the glass, the way the textures harmonize but remain separate, the delicate, lightness of the flavors.

Why was I making tiramisu without so much as a dinner party to serve it at?  This was my first  Daring Baker challenge and I loved doing it.  The hosts of the challenge Aparna and Deeba chose to have the hundreds of participants make Tiramisu based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.  What makes the challenge Daring worthy is that everything is made from scratch including the ladyfinger biscuits, mascarpone, zabaglione and pastry cream!  None of these were difficult individually, but it did take some planning to get all the parts ready to assemble and I did it in pieces over a weekend. (Some people had trouble with the mascarpone, but, having read the forum posts I knew not to worry too much about the temperature of the cream and sure enough despite not managing to get it as hot as the recipe instructed it thickened to the perfect texture after a night in the fridge).  Other than that, the hardest part was all the dishes!

I made two versions: the traditional, straight from the recipe, and a white chocolate mousse and pear brandy version, garnished with crystallized ginger and white chocolate curls which was inspired by an epicurious recipe, (note to self: white chocolate + ginger = delicious)

I really wanted to make the tiramisu in a glass bowl but I didn’t think I owned anything appropriate: then I looked around the kitchen and saw how many ball canning jars I own and I realised they’d make the perfect vehicle for individual tiramisu servings.  One of the benefits of making the lady biscuits from scratch was I could make round disk shaped lady ‘fingers’ that would fit in the jars.  I had a bit of a hard time getting them exactly the right size  but luckily I found I could easily trim them to size once they had been dipped in espresso.

I was especially pleased to discover that if I didn’t put on the final layer of cream mixture, I could screw on the can lids and it made the dessert easy to carry.  Aparna and Deeba described the dessert as transporting one to heaven, but I was much more intent on getting it to the office on the New York City subway.  (If you, dear reader, have ever had an accident with a vintage cake carrier and a dozen chocolate butterfly garnished cupcakes, you will know the importance of transportability in a desert dish).

Thanks to Rebecca for introducing me to the Daring Bakers.  Now I’m waiting for March 1 to see what the next challenge is: but don’t worry, I’ve got the daring cooks challenge to keep me busy until then!

–By Talia

20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 8:00 am

    Lovely tiramisu. Very nicely done.

  2. February 27, 2010 8:27 am

    When I saw these on Daring Bakers in the show your challenge post, I was like how fun and cute. Your photos are so brights, clean, and refreshing.

  3. February 27, 2010 8:33 am

    Nice pictures. And the idea with the canning jars is great!

  4. February 27, 2010 10:08 am

    Those little jars are such a great way to give treats to your friends and nieghbors! I will have to steal that idea the next time I make this recipe! Great job on your first DB Challenge!

  5. February 27, 2010 10:29 am

    Beautiful presentation! I removed mine from the ramekins, but I think they looked nicer in. Next time!

  6. February 27, 2010 3:06 pm

    A lovely idea, they look so pretty and i love your flavour combinations too!

  7. February 27, 2010 10:24 pm

    Nice work, and welcome to the club! I’m jealous I didn’t think of your awesome jar idea! Perfect for portioning as well… The next time I make this, I am doing it your way! Pics are lovely, too… I didn’t check to see if you added them to Home Canning group, but they would be a welcome addition!

    • February 28, 2010 7:48 am

      Thanks Rebecca! I submitted the photos to the Home Canning group this morning: I’d never have thought to do it so thanks! I’m glad we have the same idea about portion size – some people who shall not be named think that only half a half pint jar is a good amount!!

  8. Jolene permalink
    February 27, 2010 11:06 pm

    Wow! Those look delicious! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures.

  9. February 27, 2010 11:45 pm

    Such beautiful presentation! I love the mini jars =D.

  10. February 28, 2010 5:23 am

    They look lovely. Welcome to the DB community. Hope the next challenge is as much fun. 🙂
    Thanks for baking with us.

  11. February 28, 2010 7:46 am

    Thanks everyone! I’m glad you like the jars idea and anyone who wants to use it will make me most happy! As always, credit for the photos is Noerah’s!

  12. February 28, 2010 8:49 am

    Such gorgeous looking tiramisu! Your photos are absolutely lovely. What a cute idea to present them in small cans!

  13. February 28, 2010 1:37 pm

    I love the ginger white chocolate version (sounds very very good) and the fact they are in jars!

  14. February 28, 2010 6:44 pm

    they are beautiful.
    i love the contrasts and presentation.

  15. pragmaticattic permalink
    March 1, 2010 1:57 pm

    Ooh, ginger and white chocolate–nice choice! And your clever presentation gives new meaning to “pick me up”.

  16. Livy permalink
    April 12, 2010 10:30 am

    Talia!!!! I can’t believe you made my favorite dessert and I didn’t get to try any. I need this recipe in my life. It looks simply divine!!!

    • April 12, 2010 10:33 am

      Livy! Thats what happens when you aren’t paying attention!! I’ll remember you like tiramisu though and bring you some if I make it again, promise. They do have some that is really good at Saraghina in the meantime!


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