So a few weeks ago on my daughter's birthday she asked for my nine layer lasagna and tiramisu....and I decided I would figure out a way to make it as good as my favorite restaurant's recipe but without the coffee.
I read eight different recipes and styles and combined two different creams and decided to go to my grandma's favorite non-coffee drink Pero to see if I could get the same flavor and texture and I can honestly say (and my taste testers too...) that it was exactly like my favorite restaurant's. The key is to buy Pero which is found in most grocery stores in the coffee and tea isle.
Pero is a drink made from rye and barley that is instant and tastes like coffee...although I am sure Starbucks fans would disagree....but for us non-coffee drinkers it is the closest thing we have.
The Non - Coffee Tiramisu
Rum Cream - Cheese Mixture
6 Large Egg Yolks
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon Rum
16 oz. Mascarpone Cheese
Whip the egg yolks and sugar in a mixer until they turn light yellow...about 4 minutes. Add the rum extract and Pero until smooth. Then add the Mascarpone Cheese (after you sneak a finger dip of it :) Whisk until light and smooth. Set aside.
Vanilla - Cream Mixture
3 Cups Chilled Heavy Cream
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Real Vanilla
3 Tbs Pero
Whip heavy chilled cream in a chilled bowl ...slowly add sugar, vanilla and Pero and whisk until fluffy peaks form and it slightly stiff.
Take both of these creams and lightly fold together. I used two different creams because I love the taste for the rum cheese cream but love Tiramisu that is light and fluffy...so the vanilla cream mixed with the rum cheese cream make the perfect rich and light cream!
2 Packages of Lady Fingers
1 1/2 Cup Pero
1 Teaspoon of Rum
Dark Cocoa Powder
Deep Glass Dish
Layer Lady Fingers in the bottom of a glass dish. Mix the Pero and rum and lightly drizzle over the tops of the Lady Fingers. Spoon a portion of the cream mixture over the tops of the first layer of Lady Fingers. Dust with a heavy layer of the dark cocoa powder. Place another layer of Lady Fingers and drizzle with more of the Pero and Rum mixture...add the rest of the cream. Cover and place in fridge overnight...at least. The longer it is chilled the better the flavors become.
Just before serving dust with dark cocoa powder ..kind of heavy. Take a cold dark chocolate bar and make shavings with a sharp knife and sprinkle over the powder and it is ready to serve. Be ready for a serious ohhhhh - ahhhh moment....let's just say that I woke my daughter up with a spoonful of the cream and she followed me into the kitchen and licked the bowl!
If you love tiramisu give it a try and see what you think! I'm typing this while watching Freaky Friday with my children...eating fresh popcorn and now dying for a spoonful of the best dessert ever!