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Daring Bakers – 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.

Now, I’ve made tiramisu before, many times. Many varieties…berry, pumpkin, deconstructed…But, I’ve never made it completely from scratch. Savoiardi (lady fingers) are $1.50 per package at Trader Joe’s and mascarpone (like an Italian version of cream cheese…only better) is pretty cheap there as well. I do always make my own zabaglione and cream.

So when the challenge called for making everything completely from scratch, I thought “EEK!” It sounded like a lot of work, and frankly, work that didn’t seem worth it to me.

But…Joel was out of town and I had some free time on my hands so, I went for it! And I am SO glad I did. It really wasn’t very time consuming at all…the mascarpone took 15 minutes of stirring and then 24 hours in the fridge. The savoiardi took about 15 minutes, and I made the pastry cream and zabaglione while they were baking.

Cooking the cream for the mascarpone:

Draining the mascarpone:

Meanwhile, the girls called Daddy to say their good nights:

The savoiardi ready to go into the oven:

And coming out of the oven:

While they were baking, I made the zabaglione. YUM:

For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of the pastry cream. But the next night, here’s what the mascarpone looked like:

And here’s what the sink looked like:

I used some decaf espresso to dip the savoiardi in:

Here’s the final product:

And another one:

You can really see the layers in this shot…mmmmmmmmm:

4 year old approved:

This was such a fun challenge! I admit, I thought tiramisu was one of those desserts that had been done too many times before and that this would be boring. But making everything from scratch was awesome, and really, not too taxing. Thanks for a fabulous challenge, Deeba and Aparna! This was truly a Daring challenge!

And now I am off to run at the gym…for the rest of the day 😛

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 6:03 pm

    Your mascarpone looks awesome! Mine didn't really turn out, it was like butter (for whatever reason), but I used it anyway.

  2. February 27, 2010 6:18 pm

    It looks great! Glad you found the time to do it. It did take a bit of time and lots of dishes, but it's actually pretty simple to make, even with all the components. I was a bit surprised by that.

  3. February 27, 2010 6:46 pm

    YUM – it looks SO good! Your marscapone came out perfectly – I am so impressed! Love the girls' matching pj's, btw. They are so cute! 🙂

  4. February 27, 2010 7:34 pm

    I like the picture of your sink. I had a similar situation going on in my house!Your tiramisu looks really, really great – esp in the photo with the layers so clearly defined. The mascarpone looks luscious and creamy too. Mmmm.I love your blog layout, by the way. It's so cute.

  5. February 27, 2010 11:13 pm

    Lovely tiramisu. Very nicely done.

  6. February 28, 2010 1:13 am

    Great job! I agree on the whole not taking as long as I thought. It took longer to read through all the instructions.

  7. February 28, 2010 2:38 am

    Your Tiramisu is lovely. 🙂 Great job on this challenge!

  8. February 28, 2010 10:47 am

    Looks beautiful just like your girls eating it 😉 And your sink, well I am glad that I am not the only one with such a (very, very ;-D) small sink, hahah :-DAll the best!!Regards from Spain,Lara

  9. March 1, 2010 11:39 am

    It looks just great!! Sponge fingers are a little expensive here and mascarpone is REALLY expensive. I might make my own mascarpone the next time. I love the pics of your girls enjoying the baking and eating! Well done!

  10. March 3, 2010 10:36 am

    Glad it passed your toughest critics. Your tiramisu looked great. Nicely done.

  11. March 4, 2010 8:58 pm

    Your tiramisu looks amazing. Looks like you had fun making and tasting it 🙂

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