Friday, 7 April 2017

Cheat's tiramisu (GF) (V)

This is hardly even a recipe as it's so easy to make, but it looks quite impressive. The key is to serve it in small glass dishes, ideally glass espresso cups. I don't have an espresso maker at home so I cheat by using instant coffee, but if you do have espresso to hand, ideally this should be made with it. There are two types of amaretti available in the shops: one is crunchy like a biscuit and the other is soft almost like a cake. I make this using the soft amaretti but you can use the crunchy biscuits if you prefer. Depending on how sweet you want the tiramisu to be, you can mix a little sugar or two drops of stevia into the coffee to offset its bitterness. This recipe serves two small portions.

Gluten Free

4-5 dessert spoons mascarpone
3 amaretti biscuits
2-3 teaspoons grated dark chocolate (or mini chocolate chips)
a few tablespoons of cold prepared coffee (preferably espresso)

- In a glass espresso cup, place one amaretti biscuit, then break a second amaretti in half and place it on top of it (repeat each of these steps with a 2nd cup to make the 2nd portion)

- Pour 2-3 dessert spoons of coffee over the amaretti in order to moisten and just about cover it

- Spoon roughly 2 teaspoons of mascarpone over the amaretti to form a layer over it (I spoon the mascarpone as it is, but you can whip the mascarpone beforehand with a little milk or single cream to make it less dense and easier to spoon over), then sprinkle some of the dark chocolate over it (this adds texture and colour)

- Spoon another 2-3 teaspoons of mascarpone (this should fill the cup) and then smooth the top a little with the back of the spoon

- To serve, either sprinkle a little cocoa powder on top or a little more grated chocolate, then place the espresso cup with a teaspoon in a saucer and serve

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