Monday, March 21, 2011

Tiramisu Cups


Yes, I'm adding another Tiramisu recipe to the Sprinkle Bakes catalogue.  As I made this I asked myself "How many Tiramisu recipes does one blog need?".

I can only surmise the answer is "as many as I like".  Because I do like it so much.

In my defense, the other two versions of Tiramisu you'll find here are quite different from this one.  One looks like an art project, and the other is entirely made from scratch - from biscuits to mascarpone.

This version is certainly less involved than the other two.  It tastes indulgent but uses low fat Neufatchel cheese and light sour cream instead of the usual mascarpone.  It is delightfully easy to make and takes no time at all when you purchase lady fingers at the market.

Spring showers and flowers & a sad puppy longing to play outside.
I only recently discovered Valrhona chocolate pearls. Samples were being given away in the chocolate aisle at my local Earth Fare.  I was surprised to find within the dark chocolate was a tiny little biscuit (the size of a bb) that made them unexpectedly crunchy.  I bought a small pack with plans for an ice cream topping, but they made the perfect sprinkling of chocolate for these Tiramisu cups.

As far as sprinkles go, these are the best yet!
On a side note...

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then this is old news, but I have forgotten to mention it previously in my last two blog posts. I have a food styling article (geared towards food bloggers) at Pixiq!  I hope it will be helpful to those of you that are interested in nurturing your styling talents.

Also, I have started a once-a-month giveaway called "Random Acts of Sprinkles".  You can get all the specifics here.



Tiramisu Cups                                                     [click to print]
4 servings

10 ready-made lady fingers (crispy variety - not soft)
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup light sour cream
4 oz. Neufchatel reduced fat cheese (or low fat cream cheese), softened
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
Chocolate pearls or chocolate chips for garnish

Chop 5 ladyfingers into small pieces and divide amongst 4 4-6 oz. glasses or dessert cups.  Drizzle 1 tbsp coffee over ladyfingers in each cup.  Set aside.

With a hand mixer, cream together the cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spoon a little of the mixture over the ladyfingers in each glass.

Chop the other 5 ladyfingers and divide evenly amongst glasses, layering on top of cheese mixture.  Drizzle cookie layer with 1 tbsp coffee.  Top each cup with remaining cheese mixture.

Dust with  cocoa powder and top with chocolate chips, pearls or shavings.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Notes: 
  • The 1/2 cup light sour cream can be replaced with plain Greek yogurt for a more dense texture, or a prepared reduced fat whipped cream for a lighter texture.  
  • If you plan to pipe the cheese mixture as I did, it will need to chill in the refrigerator for an hour so it will hold its shape. 
  • If you'd rather make your own ladyfingers, you can find my recipe here.



53 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Oh dear... tiramisu is my favorite dessert! These look heavenly!

whisk-kid said...

Stunning! I say post as many Tiramisu recipes as you want :D

Kim said...

I love tiramisu too so you can post as many as you want. These little cups are perfect for a fast treat!

Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Ok. . .these look INCREDIBLE! :-) AND I LOVE the cute chocolate balls on the top! :-)

catty said...

As delightful as your tiramisu cups are.. that puppy is just GORGEOUS!! :)

SprinkleBakes said...

Haa! Thank you catty. His profile cracks me up - he has no nose at all!

Ken│hungry rabbit said...

You tiramisu looks effortlessly elegant. Keep making tiramisu because we can all use one ever so often.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look heavenly and so pretty! A divine dessert.

Your pug is irresistible.

Cheers,

Rosa

The Cafe Sucre Farine said...

What a fun presentation for a delicious looking dessert!

Helena said...

Great calorie-friendly recipe! Looks very delicious :)

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

An easy to make, less calorie version of one of our favorite things ever?! Sold!

Andrea said...

Wow this really looks delicious and your photos are amazing!

Lili said...

Oh Heather I always pour over your photos and your styling. Love the wire beverage carrier and the twig handled spoon with that gorgeous book. And your little Biscuit is too sweet, just want to pick him up and hug him! And how perfect are those chocolate pearls you happened on to pair with this fabulous dessert. As usual everything is just gorgeous! Happy Spring! xo ~Lili

Ali said...

Never question adding more Tiramisu recipes! I had one after every meal while I as in Italy a few years back, and I still can't get enough.
This looks amazing! Your pictures as always are breathtaking
I can't wait to try this version!

Tiffany said...

Yum! My husband would freak out over these- he loooves tiramisu!

The Sweetylicious said...

this look extremely lovely! (: (:

Sue said...

That piped on cheese mixture looks like creamy goodness:) Hope the pup gets to play outside soon!

Joy said...

These look lovely. I love love tiramisu.

We Are Not Martha said...

Amazing!! I absolutely love tiramisu, but I think I'd love it even more if I could have my own cup full of it :)

Sues

Terri said...

beautiful pictures and that is the yummiest looking tiramisu ever. i will have to try the recipe. terri

snappygourmet.com said...

Those are adorable and look so yummy!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Ooo! Those sprinkles sound amazing! And this dessert looks amazing. I've never made tiramisu...maybe it's time...

Allison said...

What an awesome tiramisu idea! The only thing that sometimes bugs me about tiramisu is that it doesn't always make the prettiest slices, but this solves that! These are so cute!

linda said...

i am excited to try this tiramisu recipe! & with the chocolate pearls as a topping it rocks!
your photos are always beautiful…churro looks very happy!!
any cookbook updates to share?

Jennifurla said...

Girl, you just always hit the mark with your creations. Gorgeous, simple, tasty@

anna said...

You can never have too many tiramisu recipes. Making a big vat of tiramisu was one of my weekly duties when I first started in a professional kitchen and it was soooo good. Speaking of that kitchen, we used the pearls a lot. They make really fun mint chocolate chip ice cream!

Katrina said...

Love the portion control! And I need that with Tiramisu! ♥- Katrina

Kelsey Siemens said...

These look so good! And I loved your article on photographing food...your blog has definitely been one of my favorite resources for new and interesting backgrounds, plating techniques and more. You inspire me!

snippets of thyme said...

You are so so talented. When you start teaching food photography lessons, I will be first in line!

Lilianna Grace said...

These look amazingly cute and inviting and I have never been a fan of tiramisu. I know, I know! I would definately give this a try. Do you deliver?

marla said...

My eye grabbed onto those little chocolate balls the second I opened this post. Gotta get us some of those. Girl, you can never have enough tiramisu dessert in you index. Love how versatile and easy this is to prepare. So pretty too. LOVE your pup! xo

Kate said...

Gorgeous site! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures, I can't wait to keep reading and try some of your recipes. Cheers!

Mika said...

As italian I've never made tiramis├╣ without mascarpone, but I'm really curious to try your version with neufchatel...

Lora said...

Looks fantastic and a great idea with te chocolate pearls. Pug pix is to die for!

Darla @ Bakingdom said...

I've never been a big fan of tiramisu, but it's been years since I've had it, so maybe it's time to give it another chance?

Thank you for sharing the info about the chocolate pearls...they sound fantastic and I can't wait to get some!

P.S. Adore your sweet puppy photo!

Megan said...

You make the cutest desserts ever!

Megan said...

You make the cutest desserts ever!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

My favorite dessert in a cup~ what more can a girl ask for?!

Chelsea said...

These are beautiful! Wow. Your pictures are great.

Lisa said...

I MUST make these!!! Tiramisu is my husband's favorite dessert. Mmmm...

Nicole said...

Holy mackeroli! This looks SOOOO good!

culinaryneophyte said...

So cute. Can't wait to try these! (Also, I'm obsessed with pugs, and was tickled to see your cute little pug in some of your pics. Precious!)

Kelly said...

They look super cute and delicious!

Kristan said...

Mmmmm.....I love any dessert in cute little cups. But this looks super awesome!! As always, your photos and recipes astound me.

Are you a real human? Or some sort of super perfect robot?

Either way, it's all cool with me. I'll be friends with a robot. Whatevs.

Alexis @There She Goes said...

Lurve the perfect cup size!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Little sad puppy!

Can you have a lovely Tiramisu Cup to cheer up?

I know you can't, but I hope that you can go out and play soon...

and I hope to have a Tiramisu Cup of my own soon. Thank you for another fantastic post!!

Yummy Mummy said...

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Thanks!
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warmvanillasugar said...

Yum! I love this idea. Great recipe.

oneordinaryday said...

Beautifully done.

Brianna said...

ahhhh im in LOVE with your blog.
its perfect!!

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bB

Dani said...

love that branch spoon.

Sanjeeta kk said...

love that Tiramisu in the cup! Came here following your Tweets.

Elena said...

I like tiramisu and your recipe is so easy to make....here is a cloudy day, no sun, I'll prepare my own tiramisu cup.

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