Chef's Table: Tiramisu

I am a big fan of Christmas pudding, I could eat it any time - except right after a big Turkey dinner. A lighter, creamy alternative is Tiramisu, a dessert popular among the Italians. It is very quick and easy to make. You need:
  • Two small tubs of Mascarpone cream
  • One packet of dessert sponges
  • 60 ml of Irish cream
  • 20 ml of dark Rum
  • Half a cup of strong black coffee
  • One flake
  1. Start by taking a glass dessert bowl big enough to serve two.  Open your pack of dessert sponges and split each one with a knife so they are half as thick.
  2. Over these, pour the half cup of coffee, very slowly so it soaks into the sponges.  Put it in the fridge to cool.
  3. Take a mixing bowl and add the mascarpone cream and the spirits. Whisk it together using a fork, not a whisk. The fork works best as it mashes the cream into the spirits.
  4. Take out the bowl with the dessert sponges again. Carefully spoon the cream over the sponges and spread it out so the sponges are completely covered. Smooth it down with a palette knife or a spoon.
  5. Crumble a flake and sprinkle it over the top. Leave the Tiramisu in the fridge for a few minutes to set.

And enjoy! Buon Natale as the Italians say. 

By chef Nick Gilmartin who can be contacted on @Nick1975 or find out more here.