Hazelnut Tiramisu ~

This picture isn't great, but the taste is beyond spectacular.  I've had tiramisu before, but this Hazelnut version is excellent.  It's also fairly easy and who doesn't like a make ahead dessert.  This really needs to be done overnight, to let all of the flavors blend well.

I got this recipe from The Essex Inn in Burlington, Vermont, where I met up with friends for a Spa weekend.  The class was "Cooking with Vermont Cheese", and all of the recipes were wonderful and fun to make.

Here's the recipe, adapted a bit:

1/3 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar, set aside1/4 cup
1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee (I used strong coffee)
1/4 cup dark rum, or hazelnut liquor (I used dark rum)
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temprerature
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup roasted and skinned hazelnuts, ground
7 oz package of hard ladyfingers
1 tsp. good vanilla extract

1. Combine the water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Add coffee and stir in rum.  Set aside.

2.  In a large mixing bowl (I used my KA for this part), beat mascarpone, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla, until well blended.  Add heavy cream and hazelnuts, continue to beat until mixture is thick and fluffy.

3.  In a 8 x 8 glass pyrex dish, place ladyfingers.  You will have to break some of the ladyfingers to make them lay flat.  Don't overlap them.  Ladle generously with about half of the cooled syrup.  Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over soaked ladyfingers.  Top cream with the other half of the ladyfingers and ladle more syrup.  Spread remaining cream over top.  Smooth with an offset spatular.  Cover with plastic wrap and place overnight in refrigerator.  Right before serving, dust with cocoa powder and shaved dark chocolate.  Served chilled.

Here's a better picture, of a piece I served.

Yum ~


Southerncook said...

Mary, This looks sooooooooo good and sounds like a dessert that we would love. I think I might like to try the hazelnut liquor when I make it. I've been meaning to tell you, I have had the hardest time putting you on my favorite blog list. I copy and paste the info from your blog but when I try to add it on my blog it won't let me do it. I just added another blog recently so I can't quite figure out why it's not letting me add yours????? I am stumped to say the least. On my blog my favorite blogs updates me when someone on that list has just posted a new post. You have posted some wonderful recipes and your pics are excellent.


head food guy said...

I own a Wine Bar and Bistro and was looking to utilize this recipe for an upcoming 6 course wine pairing dinner (dessert of course!) The recipe does not indicate if the sugar is divided. I assumed it was. I also thought the Mascarpone mixture was a little too thick, thus the picture you weren't very happy with. I used 3/4 cream and the other 1/4 whole milk. The tiramisu turned out fantastically and I would highly reccommend it. THANK YOU! Paired amazingly with Belle Glos Pinot Noir...

Taste the Rainbow said...

Hi head food guy,

Thanks for the compliment, glad you liked it. And yes, add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup at the second point.

I will try your suggestion with a litle milk instead of all cream.

This dessert will be on my Christmas table this year. And thank you again for stopping by.

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