February 27, 2010

Heaven On A Dessert Plate ~ Tiramisu: Daring Bakers’ Challenge February, 2010


I think I just reached a new level of “daring” with this month’s challenge by actually offering to host a Daring Baker challenge! A few months back I suddenly thought it would be wonderful to choose and host a challenge. And when I asked Deeba if she would like to co-host the challenge she agreed.

So I wrote to Ivonne and Lis offering our services as DB hosts. They graciously accepted and the rest, as they say, is history! All I can say is that I’m really glad I did because it has been a great experience.

Deeba and I initially thought of choosing something Indian for the challenge but then decided against it. For one thing, Indian cuisine does not really call for much baking traditionally. We were also not sure that a lot of the ingredients would be available in other parts of the world.

So after a lot of thought, we both came up with Tiramisu. Before I go further, let me put in the mandatory “blog checking lines” required to ensure we’ve done the challenge and not get chucked out of the DB community. Seems a little silly since I’m hosting the challenge and would have definitely done the challenge, but try telling that to computer software!


BLOG-CHECKING LINES: 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.




Choosing a recipe to “challenge” the Daring Bakers is not easy because we have bakers there who range from “not experienced at baking” all the way through to “experts in the field”.

Of course, Deeba and I find a lot of the challenges more “challenging” than most because a lot of the ingredients/ bakeware that most people take for granted are just not available here.
So when other bakers are discussing silpat, we’re over the moon if we can find parchment paper!
When other bakers are busy discussing the merits of bread flour or cake flour, I don’t even join those because I have it easy choosing between all purpose flour and whole wheat flour!!
And when I hear names like Ghirardelli, Valrhona, Lindt, Guittard, Scharffen Berger and their cocoa percentages, I don’t lose any sleep over all that because what I get is here is just “chocolate”!!! You get the drift by now, I’m sure.

So am I complaining?
I used to, in the beginning, but haven’t for a long time. The fact that I have a limited variety of raw materials to start with, has made me more adventurous and daring in my cooking and baking.
I have explored the alternatives and discovered how many things are made from scratch. Apart from the fact that these are healthier, cheaper and tastier, many a time they don’t involve a whole lot of effort either.



My Tiramisu:


You can find the detailed challenge and recipes here. There is also a recipe for the eggless ladyfingers as well as an eggless and alcohol-free Tiramisu.


The savoiardi/ ladysfinger biscuits:





Savoiardi/ Ladyfinger biscuits

I started off making the Savoiardi/ ladyfinger biscuits in both versions, with eggs and without eggs. Both versions kept in the fridge in an airtight container for a week.
I made approximately 2 1/2" – 3” long and 3/4” wide ladyfingers (the recipe gave me about 45 biscuits) as well as some heart shaped ones (I got about 12 of these from the recipe).

To make the heart shaped ones, just pipe the batter onto parchment paper with pre-drawn heart shapes on them (on the underside). My hearts were roughly 3” by 3” in size.
I used the heart shaped ladyfingers to make strawberry tiramisu hearts.



Eggless ladyfinger biscuits

The ladyfinger biscuits without eggs were quite nice if rather buttery. They are really nothing more than almond shortbread fingers and so do not have the cakey lightness of the real ladyfingers. The recipe gave me 20 biscuits which were about 3” long and 3/4" wide.


The Mascarpone Cheese:


This is something I have been making for a while now, simply because we don’t get mascarpone cheese in our stores. I have previously blogged about mascarpone in my Apple-Mascarpone Parfait, Vol-au-Vents, Cannoli and Eggless Natural Red Velver Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting.



Draining the mascarpone



Home-made mascarpone ready to use!

Even though the process of cream to mascarpone cheese takes about 1 1/2 days, the active time involved at the stove is under half an hour.
This creamy and delicious cheese is so easy to make that it’s almost unbelievable.


The Pastry cream and zabaglione:


This particular recipe is different from almost all other Tiramisu recipe in that apart from the zabaglione, it has a vanilla pastry cream component. While the pastry cream in itself isn’t all that spectacular, it makes the mascarpone-zabaglione-pastry cream mixture really light and adds in its own way to the finished Tiramisu.

I made two versions of the zabaglione. One the traditional version with coffee but replaced the marsala wine with dilute filter coffee decoction, as we don’t use alcohol. I also made a strawberry zabaglione to make a strawberry Tiramisu hearts.

I also made the eggless version of the Tiramisu, following the given recipe. Here I made the zabaglione-cream mixture and then divided into two. To one portion, I mixed in 2 tbsps of unsweetened cocoa powder.
I then lightly mixed both portions together to give my cream mixture a marbled look



And my three versions of Tiramisu!


The first one was round and cake-like in appearance simply because I did not have a square glass dish of appropriate size. So I lined my cake tin with clingwrap and made my Tiramisu. I followed the challenge recipe and made this in the traditional coffee flavour but used filter coffee decoction instead of espresso, and left out the marsala.
Both my husband and daughter were away from home, he on a work related trip and she for some school science project. So I froze the Tiramisu for a week before it was served.



Now, I had this brilliant idea of using chocolate ganache to decorate my tiramisu but what was in my mind didn’t quite translate well in reality. I ended up with a messy looking dessert and had to scrape it all off, which accounts for the brownish patches which you will see if you look at the Tiramsu carefully.
Of course, I like to tell myself those patches lend my Tiramisu a rather artistic look!!!

It was about half way through my Tiramisu trials that I remembered that February, the challenge month also celebrated Valentine’s Day. So I decided it would be nice to try a non-traditionally flavoured heart shaped free standing Tiramisu.

Unlike many parts of the world, winter is when we get the best of fruits and vegetables in India and its strawberry season now. For my strawberry Tiramisu, I didn’t follow a recipe as such.
I puréed about 2 cups strawberries with 2 tbsp sugar. Then I beat together 1 cup mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup 25% cream, 1/4 cup sugar for about 2 minutes till it became thick.

I dipped the heart shaped ladyfingers in a mixture of milk, cocoa powder and sugar and placed them on a plate. Then I spooned the strawberry zabaglione on top of each and topped them with thinly sliced strawberry. After this, I topped each one with another dipped heart shaped ladyfinger biscuit.



Strawberry Tiramisu heart

It was at this point that I realized that the zabaglione was oozing out from below and no heart shaped tiramisu was visible, and everything was an awful mess. I was rather disheartened but decided to continue making a bigger mess!

So I topped it up with another layer of the zabaglione and then compounded the existing mess with a blob of whipped cream. My dream of a Tiramisu was turning out to be just that, a dream. I couldn’t bring myself to throw everything out, so I stuck the whole plate of 6 individual strawberry Tiramisu messes into the fridge!!

I spent the rest of the day mulling over how to save my Tiramisu (and my DB host face), when I got a brilliant idea. My strawberry messes had frozen and were no longer oozing.
I took my knife to them and carved out perfect heart shaped Tiramisu, dusted them with some cocoa, and some white chocolate curls.
Voila! My strawberry Tiramisu hearts………



Eggless & alcohol-free Tiramisu
My third and final Tiramisu was the eggless and alcohol-free version provided for alternate DBs likemyself who try to do away with eggs in their bakes, if they can.

I followed the challenge recipe but dipped my eggless ladyfingers in orange juice-orange extract mixture and my zabaglione was a marbled vanilla-chocolate cream. I wasn’t thinking very clearly when I put them together, or would have realized that I should have used straight sided glasses to show off my tiramisu to effect.
As it was, it tasted good so I didn’t bother too much that no one could see the ladyfingers in it.



Verdict:


Going by the response at the DB forum, I think the recipes were quite good though many had issues with making mascarpone due to various reasons.

Personally, I’m very happy to have discovered that I can make excellent Tiramisu at home. I might not get savoiardi/ ladyfinger biscuits or mascarpone at the stores here, but even if I did, I would make my own because they really do not take much time or effort.
Even though, all three were quite good, all of us here unanimously voted for the original coffee flavoured Tiramisu as the best.
I don’t think I shall ever order Tiramisu at a restaurant simply because the Tiramisu that even the best ones here serve, just don’t compare favourably!

If you do not believe me, please take a tour of the other Daring Baker blogs to see just how much better the Tiramisu can get.




116 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Thanks for the amazing challenge Aparna! it was so much fun! :D

Nina said...

In word i should say "WOW". You and Deeba totally inspire me.I can understand what it feels like when you dont get the right ingredients/materials.But you always find an alternative thats what i like the most abt ur blog.I love your blog.I totally loved making the Tiramisu,my post will be up tomorrow.I cant just wait to see what others have done.The Strawberry Tiramisu is what caught my eyes...i am gona follow ur instructions and make that..thanks so much for sharing and hosting this challenge.I really appreciate it.You ROCK Aparna!!!!

Rachana Kothari said...

I love tiramisu and can finish it off in a record time:) Hats off to you! you've made the mascarpone cheese at home:) I love all the three version of your tiramisu:) Have a great weekend!

Madhuri said...

perfect baking and presentation.

Ellie said...

Thanks for such an amazing challenge. The recipe is wonderful and we enjoyed the tiramisu tremendously.

Priya said...

Omg, ur post looks absolutely divine Aparna, wat work u have to make out famous Tiramisu...awesome!!hats off..

Cakelaw said...

Thanks for a great challenge Aparna. I think your strawberry version is so cute! Good on you for completing the challenges with limited resources - we'd never know from the stunning results.

Liz @ Jarod and Liz dot com said...

Thank you for the challenge, I loved it and learned so much!

The Cooking Ninja said...

This challenge is although long to do, I enjoyed it very much. I'm glad I finally got to learn how to make mascarpone and sponge fingers at home.

shelley c. said...

Aparna, this challenge was amazing. It was the perfect choice, and you and Deeba were truly fantastic hosts. The recipes were new, and even a little daunting when I first saw them, but the results were fantastic, and I will absolutely, with 100% certainty, make this again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Deeba PAB said...

Thank you for cohosting with me Aparna. I've had a time of my life with the challnege. It's been FUN all the way! Love all your versions!!

Trissa said...

Hi Aparna - loved the challenge so thank you very much for hosting it! I personally had problems with the mascarpone in that I wasn't sure when it was "ready" and I was stirring for almost an hour! But having said that - it turned out delicious! Your strawberry hearts look yummy!

Veena said...

Definitely a 'hat's off to you' effort! All versions look amazing and I am sure they tasted just as good.

nikki said...

Thanks for hosting this fantastic challenge Aparna! I'm not sure I would have made tiramisu at home without your guidance...

Dharm said...

Thanks for the great challenge Aparna!! It was a lot of fun and it made me try out new things I wouldn't have otherwise! Your three versions look just superb!

Swathi said...

Aparna,

Thanks for the wonderful challenge, I enjoyed making them. I liked all your versions

anchan said...

Thank you, Aparna, for such a wonderful challenge. I was also delighted to take on a recipe that didn't require fancy ingredients or equipment which are either next-to-impossible to find or outrageously expensive here in Japan (mascarpone is 890 yen for 150g!). And you are absolutely right, this is absolutely the best tiramisu ever, all others fade in comparison :-)

farida said...

Aparna, thanks for such a great challenge! one of my favs so far! Your variations look and sound great. I can't wait to post my tiramisu tomorrow (it is still feb 26 here:)) THANK YOU!

Simran said...

Thanks for hosting such a lovely challenge. I would have never done this on my own.

Rekha said...

temptations can't get better than this, Wish my waist would shrink when i gobble these up

Divya Kudua said...

Absolutely wonderful Aparna..I am bowled over by your creations..:).I've not tasted Tiramisu yet and have not attempted making it either.Going to check out the link you provided for the eggless version,is it easier..;)..lol:).I bow to you for the awesome Tiramisu..:):)

Asha @ FSK said...

great challenge Aparna!! the tiramisu was fantastic!!!

chef_d said...

Thank you for this challenge! I'd have to say, this was one of my favorite challenges and I will keep making it!

Mints! said...

Hats off to you aparna. I know how challenging it must be to find all these fancy ingredients for you. But your baking always amazes me.

Keep up the good work.

Mary said...

They look fantastic! Thanks for such a wonderful challenge! I found the recipes clear and straightforward and had no problems at all! I enjoyed this challenge the most so far!

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz said...

Amazing choice in recipe and amazing results you have. It was so time consuming lol but not too hard. BTW I did my mascarpone in the microwave, worked finw

arundati said...

awesome challenge... thanks for being the hostess and didnt post yet, so dont head over!!

sunita said...

Thanks for hosting aparna, I finally managed to complete the challenge after all :-)

itpleasesus said...

A wonderful challenge that we thoroughly enjoyed! Love the look of all your different versions as well!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oh wow! Congratulations on hosting the event! You two did great! I think I'm going to try this too, even though I'm a non DB'er.

Suzler said...

Thanks for such a fun challenge, Aparna. You both picked great recipes. I'd never made tiramisu before, let alone each individual element from scratch, so it was a great experience.

Your tiramisus are absolutely beautiful! I love the heart-shaped one best, but the one with the chocolate leaves looks fantastic too. So elegant. Your little heart Savoiardi are so cute!

Thanks again. :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for such a fantastic challenge, I had never made any of the components before and never made a tiramisu a whole lot of firsts for me and I loved it. Thanks to you both

Katie said...

Your tiramisu looks gorgeous! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful challange. It was so much fun and the recipe was divine!

Sayantani said...

cant agree with you more about all those ingredients. the tiramisu looks perfect. I love the strawberry one more as it has some nice colours. perfect recipe to try. bookmarked.
between made lime pickle following your process. it has turned out perfect. will soon post. thanks a bunch dear.

linda said...

Thank you for the wonderful challenge! Finally I do like tiramisu, but only this one ;)

Your tiramisu versions look very pretty and creative!

Mamatkamal said...

Hi Aparna, thank you so much for the amazing challenge. I really enjoyed it. Your tiramisus look perfect!
Cheers,

Isabelle said...

merci Aparna pour le choix de ce challenge, c'était vraiment extra à réaliser et c'était vraiment très bon :)

Happy Cook said...

I am happy that it was your both hosting the DB as it was my first.
I love the challenge especially making tirmisu which i would have neve rdone if it was not for this.
Next time i would love to try the fruit one too.
Lov ethe pictures

Junglefrog said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful challenge Aparna! I really enjoyed making a different tiramisu then my usual and making all the various elements from scratch was great too!! Absolutely loooooved the flavors!

Yasmeen said...

Thanks for the fantastic Choice Aparna.I stick to the original recipe mostly,used the alternate recipe for the cream mixture.I totally love your creations :D

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

This is absolutely amazing. I had no idea that you could make all these components at home. Its almost mindboggling :)
Have a great weekend!

ap269 said...

Thanks for hosting the challenge. Your tiramisu versions look wonderful!

Maya said...

Thanks for a wonderful challenge, Aparna! I moved to the US from India only a few yesrs ago, and till then, I used to make all sorts of things from scratch too. I started cooking as a teenager in the nineties, and you didn't have too many options when it came to cooking non-Indian food back then. I used to make lasagne and ravioli from scratch (without a machine!) wonder how I actually managed to pass my high school exams quite well after all! I am glad I tried this from scratch - now I will be able to replicate it when I visit my folks back in India.

chriesi said...

Thanks so much for this absolutely fantastic challenge!

Wic said...

thank you for this months challenge. your pictures are amazing it looks delicious.

shaz said...

Thank you for such a great challenge this month Aparna! I love your ingenuity and how you saved your hearts, seriously I would have know you had any issues at all if you hadn't shared the story with us. They look divine.

Thanks again for such a daring treat.

Feeding the Saints (A. C. Parker) said...

Aparna: This is my second challenge with Daring Bakers, and I wanted to stop by to say THANK YOU. I love tiramisu, and while making the whole thing from scratch had its moments of frustration, and I had to bail on pastry cream, still... worth it! I learned a new way to prepare my traditional recipe (zabaglione instead of raw eggs), and now love making mascarpone, although for some reason my yield was low (that's fine: I can double the recipe--who cares if I end up with "too much" then? there's really no such ting!). Because of the challenge, I came up with something new, and that's always a great feeling. You can see my Fresh Ginger Green TEA-ramisu at: http://www.feedingthesaints.com/2010/fresh-ginger-green-tea-ramisu/
It uses sweet matcha green tea powder for the ladyfingers and sprinkled on top.
Thanks again to you and Deeba for hosting!

Laura said...

Thank you Aparna for choosing this month's theme. I had fun with it. I love you blog btw, I need to come back for more.

Natalie, aka "Sheltie Girl" said...

Aparna - Thank you so very much for a wonderful challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed making the tiramisu and learned a great deal in the process. Your tiramisu is simply gorgeous!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Christine said...

Thanks for hosting - this was my first daring bakers challenge - and I really enjoyed it!

Monika said...

Thanks for this fabulous challenge Aparna! I had loads of fun and personally I think this is the best tiramisu I've ever tasted. So thank you! :) Your tiramisu looks just stunning!

Lauren said...

Aparna, thank you so much for hosting! You and Deeba did such a wonderful job and chose a fantastic dish!

anna said...

Your tiramisus are so lovely! I especially love the strawberry heart, so elegant! I feel bad that I didn't get to the challenge this month, but I have to make tiramisu every week at my new job anyway...try making it in giant pans while simultaneously plating several desserts! Now THERE'S a challenge! :P

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful! This is one of my favourite desserts - congratulations for hosting the Daring Bakers!

Elra said...

Thanks for the challenge Aparna, this was fun to make!

karuna said...

Tiramisu is my all time fav. U have done a wonderful job i must say. Loved the presentation, the pics. And I am sure it must have tasted heavenly.

Beth said...

This was one of my all-time favorite Daring Baker challenges. I love tiramisu, and it was great to make ladyfingers from scratch. They cost a fortune here, and I'll never buy them again. Also loved making the mascarpone for the exact same reason. Great challenge!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

What a delightfully and eliciously precious recipe ...would love to try the mascoprne cheese coz it aint readily available here too....i know what u say about looking for ingredients..there are times that feel like a life time looking for stuff....are u a wilton fan?
Coz wilton is now available in india n they send it to ur place if u wan 'em to.....there is a big expo happenning soon too where u'll get most of the stuff-if u wan any details will be glad to ....

Lori said...

Thanks for a wonderful challenge. I love this new version and think I will stick with it for all my future triamisu dishes. Thank you.

Tia said...

thanks for your comment and thx for a great pick. i think everyone had fun and loved the end results.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Thank you for such an amazing challenge! I loved making this. You shouldn't have fessed up on your ganache mistake - I totally thought that was an artistic decoration! :) Your tiramisu was gorgeous. As I am always impressed with your baking efforts, I was highly impressed with this one.

Zita said...

Thank you for hosting... and you made the eggless version too.. WOW!

Jeanne said...

All of your versions of tiramisu are simply beautiful! Thank you for hosting this challenge, it really expanded my baking repertoire! The tiramisu is so delicious.

Y said...

Thanks again to you and Deeba for the challenge. It reminded me about why basic tiramisu is still so popular - you can't go wrong with flavours like coffee and chocolate, and you certainly can't go wrong with such wonderful creamy textures.

Bread and Jam said...

I really enjoyed this challenge. Thank you for all the work you put into it. :) And your tiramisu turned out lovely.

Marcellina said...

Thank you for a fantastic challenge and your tips and help all the way. This recipe is a keeper. Your photos are so beautiful BTW!

Laura said...

Thanks for a great challenge!

juliana said...

tanks for a great and fun challenge!

bake in paris said...

Can't thank you enough, Aparna! This is a great challenge. I have enjoyed it the most. And the lady finger and mascarpone cheese recipes are the greatest! Thank you...

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Susan @ SGCC said...

Thanks so much for hosting such a great challenge! I really enjoyed learning how to make the lady fingers and the mascarpone.

Your tiramisu look so lovely, too! I especially like the heart-shaped one. Well done!

Curry Leaf said...

OMG Aparna, this is GREAT.I am speechless.The eggless and alcohol free ersion will surely be tried.Can't take my eyes off the pics.

Nadia said...

great variations,
i had problem with setting up this dessert. no neat slices as yours. any tips??
Nadia

Aparna said...

Thank you all, for coming here and leavcing such nice comments.
Just happy we picked a challenege that was liked by most.

Nadia, if you freeze your tiramisu, you cut it into neat slices. Then put it back in the freezer and bring it out and put it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour to an hour before serving.
This will work.

zorra said...

It was a great challenge. I loved it. The Tiramisu was delicious and as you said the smell of egg disappear. ;-)

Gala said...

Loved everything about the challenge.
My favorite so far, thank you!!

Sophie said...

Waw!! Your adaptations of the classic tiramisu look outstanding!!

You have outdone yourself!! Waw!!

Real master pieces!! MMMMMM,...

Mallini said...

Thanks for this months challenge! It was tricky, but I'm glad I stuck wth it.

culinography said...

Three versions? I'm tired just thinking about it!

Thank you so much for an amazingly fabulous challenge and for showing me how easy it is to make my own mascarpone! I have a hard time finding it where I live, too!

Natalie... said...

Thank you for such an amazing challenge :) all 3 of your tiramisus look absoloutely delicious yum!!

Jen Rose said...

Thanks Aparna for such a great challenge - your tiramisu look so elegant!!!

I will be making the mascarpone and the savoiardi again and again and again, whenever a recipe calls for either! =)

VeganLisa said...

Thank you for hosting another great DB challenge Aparna. Your post is such a great tutorial for anyone attempting their first Tiramisu. Thanks for always sharing your culinary joy with the world!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge... I LOVED the Tiramisu! What a great choice!

Kel said...

Thank you thank you for a wonderful challenge! Your tiramisu (all three of them) look amazing. I think next time I am going to try a strawberry one, that looks delicious!

Kelly-Jane said...

Thanks for hosting, I love your strawberry tiramisu especially. You are so right about not ordering it out, it's a real let down!

anjelikuh said...

Thankyou so much for hosting this challenge, aparna! It's one of my favorite ones so far. And i'm so glad you made the ladyfingers and mascarpone mandatory for us to make... it was definitely a breakthrough for me!

Suzana said...

Aparna, really is heaven on a plate! Wonderful choice. Thanks for the challenge, it was exciting and refreshing. :)

Jamie said...

Tiramisu is my favorite dessert and even though I did some grumbling that the recipe you guys proposed was different than my traditional recipe I am so glad you did! It was great and now that I tried it once I have to go back and make it again to perfect it. Husband LOVED it! Your versions are really realy beautiful! Love the decorations and love the heart shape. Beautiful, Aparna!

Little Miss Cupcake said...

Hi Aparna, Thank you for this very challenging challenge! I had a great time making it and the outcome was fantastic! Well worth the effort!
x Cat

Esi said...

This was a fabulous challenge. Thanks so much for hosting!

Arlette said...

thank you so much for choosing an amazing desserts.. I got the chance to do the lady fingers and the Mascraponi cheese from scratch..they were on my to do list..
I really loved the flavours.

Snooky doodle said...

what a nice and tempting cake :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Thank you for a wonderful challenge this month. I can truly say I loved every minute of it. Your tiramisus are gorgeous; I especially love the strawberry heart (berries in anything make it better!).

Poires au Chocolat said...

Thanks for the amazing challenge, I really enjoyed it.

I love the little heart ladyfingers!

tali said...

Thank you for hosting: it was my first challenge and I loved it! And the recipe turned out so great. I hope I'll have made three batches myself soon!

Nags said...

lovely! what an effort!

Faery said...

Thanks so much for this beautiful and educational challenge it gave me the opportunity to learn many things.
Your tiramisus look gorgeous and delicious too.

linda said...

Hi Aparna, Thank you to both you and Deeba for choosing such a great recipe for the Tiramisu. I've made Tiramisu many times before, but never had it tasted this good. I loved the addition of the Zabaglione. Once again Thank you =D btw your Tiramisu looks awesome, as per usual

LittleRed said...

Thanks so much for hosting what has been my husbands favourite challenge to date. I really enjoyed learning how to make lady fingers and the marscapone was also interesting. I also liked the approach of using the pastry cream and the zabaglione. Next time I will dip both sides of the lady fingers for a more pronounce coffee flavour....although by sprinkling on powdered instant coffee on each serving it allowed for more flexibility in coffee strength which was a happy coincidence for my son. Thanks!

Valerina said...

Grazie! This was one of my favourite challenges so far. I love when there are several components that come beautifully together at the end. And thanks for being such a helpful host! :)

MeetaK said...

aparna - thanks for being such a lovely hostess. i loved loved this challenge! your versions look soo good! hugs!

Juls @ Juls' Kitchen said...

Thanks for hosting the challenge: I really enjoyed myself baking this amazing tiramisu! I'm italian, and it was the best tiramisu I ever tasted!!
My family wants to thank you as well, eh eh!
Love
Juls

vibi said...

Thank you so much Aparna for picking that recipe for us, this month. It was really fun to make and even more important, taught us how to save money on the so explensive mascarpone! Cool!

You different versions of the Tisamisu are really ingenious... I'm glad you had fun playing around with it, it was surely worth it!

Thanks a million!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for choosing that challenge! I loved it.

Your tiramisu and ladyfingers are terrific!

Cheers,

Rosa

glamah16 said...

Thank you guys for a winderful challenge. Your result is beautiful and its a desert that will not go to waste. Perfect.

Hannah said...

Thanks for hosting this month!

I especially love your tiramisu- That presentation with the chocolate decorations is absolutely lovely!

C said...

Thanks for being such a wonderful host. It was an amazing challenge that stretched and expanded my skills- not to mention being such a delicious dessert! Great recipe. Thanks again.
-CHConrad

Lisa Michelle said...

Aparna - Thank you So much for a wonderful job cohosting this month's challenge..I loved it and your beautiful tiramisu was an inspiration for me. I only wish mine turned out as lovely!

Anita said...

What a wonderful challenge! Thanks so much - it was all worth it. I love your decorations - they're gorgeous! thanks again for being a great host.
Anita

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Thank you for hosting this challenge! You two are so Amazingly talented and creative. Love all your creations!

Eat4Fun said...

Thank you very much for hosting this month's challenge. I enjoyed making the bits and pieces plus the tiramisu.

Your tiramisu, little hearts and a big tin of mascarpone all look delish!

msmeanie said...

Thank you for this challenge! I truly enjoyed making it, and I think the recipes you and Deeba chose were fantastic!

Baking Addict said...

Thanks for such a wonderful challenge. I had a great time making my tiramisu and seeing what everyone else made. So much talent out there.

ice tea: sugar high said...

Thanks for being such a lovely host and the delicious challenge. Enjoyed every bit of it =)

FamilySpice said...

Okay, I am a daring cook (not a daring baker yet) and I thought I made homemade tiramisu until I read this post! WOW! I've made it with homemade sponge cake or store-bought lady fingers, but I've NEVER made mascarpone cheese! I must try this recipe. It's my hubby's favorite dessert! Thank you for a great challenge, even for those of us who only get to read about it!

Aparna said...

I have to thank you all for taking the time to leave your lovely comments here.
My thanks to all you DBs who baked with Deeba and me. It was a pleasure and a wonderful experience hosting this challenge.

I have answered all the questions here in mails or comments on your blogs.

I also have a great Tiramisu recipe thanks to the challenge! :)

MandyM said...

I'm sorry for writing this so late, life's been very busy for some reason!
Thanks again for the fantastic challenge, I really had fun with this one (hence I made 3 flavour versions using 3 recipes, hehehe!)
It was fantastic learning how to make mascarpone & the lady finger biscuits and getting to put them into one of my favourite desserts :D