Tiramisu. Oh, I’ve made it before. I’ve made it more than once. It is simple, easy and delicious. Tiramisu is a piece of cake when you use store-bought lady fingers, a cream mixture of store-bought mascarpone cheese and sugar, and brewed coffee. This challenge uses nothing store-bought. This challenge is so much more than store-bought. This challenge is a challenge. A devilishly delicious and decadent challenge.
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.
As is my habit with Daring Bakers challenges, I waited until the last minute to make this dessert. Thankfully I read through the recipe on Monday of this past week and realized that I would need at least 4 days from start to finish to complete it. Each component requires your attention and an overnight chill. Conveniently, the components can be prepared and chilled for a few days in advance. So I made a plan for how to get this done without going crazy.
Day 1: Make the Savoriardi Biscuits (Ladyfingers)
Day 2: Make the mascarpone
Day 3: Make the pastry cream and zabaglione
Day 4: Whip the cream and assemble the tiramisu
Day 5: Consume your masterpiece