Friday, December 18, 2009
Never heard of Tiramisu? Well lets see where do I start,Tiramisu - Pronounced tih-ruh-mee-SOO. Literally translated it means "pick me up" or "carry me up". It is an Italian dessert that is sometimes called an Italian trifle, although it has a much lighter texture than a regular trifle.
Tiramisu is composed of a sponge cake or ladyfingers soaked in a mixture of coffee (espresso) and brandy, then layered with a mixture of zabaglione and mascarpone.
Once assembled the Tiramisu is refrigerated for several hours so the flavors can mingle. Garnished with whipped cream, cocoa powder and sometimes cinnamon it makes a spectacular dessert.
Now finally, imagine that you have delicate white wings and are sitting on a fluffy cloud. You are experiencing the greatest dessert ecstasy of your life. You are in Heaven, and Heaven is in your mouth! Thats TIRAMISU!!
But today we are not going to make ordinary Tiramisu, no today we will make Pumpkin Tiramisu. Think of pumpkin mousse kissed with spiced rum, no scratch that lets think lighter. Imagine this very light almost-like-pumpkin-flavored-whipped-cream concoction on lady finger pastry soaked (no, more like "kissed") by Captain Morgan himself. Got that? Light, creamy, smooth lady fingers, the rich aroma of Captain Morgan spiced Rum? Okay now that I have your attention lets lets make this super simple pumpkin TIRAMISU.
THIS NEEDS TO SET UP OVERNIGHT, SO START ONE DAY AHEAD.
Beat 1 and 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream and 3/4 cup sugar until peaks form.
Add one 8 oz container mascarpone cheese, one 15 ounce can pure pumpkin, and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, beat just until filling is smooth.
Line bottom of 9 inch diameter springform pan with 2 3/4 inch high sides with one 3 ounce package of ladyfingers, overlapping and crowding to fit. Sprinkle generously with spiced rum spread half of filling over ladyfingers.
Repeat with one 3 ounce package of halved ladyfingers and more rum be generous the lady fingers will soak it up!
And top with remaining filling. Smooth. Wrap tightly in plastic, then foil. Chill overnight. To unmold run knife around inside edge of pan. Release pan sides and sprinkle with 2 ounces crushed amaretti cookies.
If you have a hard time finding mascarpone cheese
as a substitute combine 1 package 8 0z cream cheese, 1/4 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons whipping cream, mix until blended and fluffy.