Tiramisu for the daring bakers February’10 challenge!

by Sunita on February 27, 2010

This month has been such a whirlwind one. While being caught up with life, once again, another month has simply flown by. Whether I got all the things done that I meant to during this time is another question altogether. But some recent developments have definitely got me very excited. We are leaving for India in two weeks time! The trip is not going to be a very long one, but hey, something is always better than nothing, isn’t it? So, since yesterday, one of my feet is probably, already in India. The very thought of meeting near and dear ones after a long time  is definitely responsible for that extra spring in my step. It was a very sudden decision, and we’ve got quite a few things that need to be done before that. But, yes, we are so thrilled.

And , talking about India, this months daring bakers challenge is hosted by two of my dear blogging buddies from there- 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.

This divine Italian dessert translates to mean ‘pick me up’, supposedly referring to the ‘kick’ provided by the strong coffee, sugar and alcohol in it! Classic tiramisu is made of alternate layers of espresso soaked ladyfinger biscuits and a cream made from mascarpone cheese and zabaglione (an egg custard). The perfect Tiramisu is a balance of flavors of a sweet zabaglione, strong coffee, marsala wine, creamy mascarpone cheese and the dusting of unsweetened cocoa.

I had planned to make the tiramisu over Rengoni and Agastya’s half term, but as most of you know by now, I was under the weather. I had thought of different flavour combinations too. But, instead, it was a last minute dash to the finishing line, but I’m glad I reached it in the end. To be honest I’m not really a fan of Tiramisu ( did I see a raised eyebrow somewhere), but I knew I would have takers in the form of Dinesh, so I went along anyway. After all, it was a challenge, and there is always something new to be learnt. For the challenge, we had to make home made mascarpone cheese and also the savoiardi biscuits ( ladies fingers). So, I had to attempt it.

We were given free reign regarding the size and presentation. But we had to make our own savoiardi / ladyfinger biscuits and mascarpone cheese with the given recipes. We also had to make the zabaglione and pastry cream using the given recipes.

The detailed recipe can be found here.

What I did-

  • I made 2 very tiny, individual portions of tiramisu.
  • I substituted the plain flour in the biscuits with whole wheat flour (atta), and they turned out fine. I used less flour than the given ratios due to the difference in the flours.
  • I stuck to the original flavours, well mostly, except that it was free of alcohol.
  • I made round shaped biscuits for stacking and when they were stacked, covered them with some of the extra cream mixture. Some ladies fingers were stuck on the sides and the top was dusted with unsweetened cocoa. A few coffee beans added the final touch.

I was in too much of a hurry to get everything done and then realised that I hadn’t taken any pictures of the biscuits. You can see them on the sides, but not the round ones. Ah well, at least I got it made on time; at one point, I was seriously beginning to doubt it. And I felt lucky to get everything right the first time round as there was definitely no room for a second attempt.

And yes, Dinesh had a great time  and  it went down really well with him. So, it might make an appearance again. I did want to try other versions, but simply ran out of time. So till the next time, this will have to do. Thanks Deeba and Aparna for hosting.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suz February 27, 2010 at 7:28 am

Wow, what a beautiful tiramisu. The coffee beans are a lovely touch!


2 Mary February 27, 2010 at 7:32 am

Great photos–love the coffee beans! Have a fantastic trip to see family and friends!


3 The Cooking Ninja February 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

ooh…yummy. It’s tastes great :) My mascarpone doesn’t look as fluffy as yours. It’s quite thick. :)


4 Lisa February 27, 2010 at 8:43 am

These look so pretty! They look like they have set up nicely too. I think if I were going to make it again I would make small versions like this.


5 Aparna February 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

Last minute effort or not, looks very, very good to me. Thanks for baking with us. Wishes in advance for your holiday in India.


6 sheba February 27, 2010 at 8:57 am

Lovely!!! love the bite sized tiramisu1


7 deeba February 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

Well now that your are already here in spirit, I am telling you personally that you did a brilliant job with the challenge Sunita. Glad it went down well with Dinesh. Am intrigued with the whole whaet fingers; I knew you would do something like that though, and was impatient to see your post! Fab!!


8 John SleepingBear February 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

Beautiful little minis, really love ‘em!! You photographs are fantastic.


9 Rosa February 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

Superb! Those mini Tiramisu are very pretty!




10 Dharm February 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

Really nicely done Sunita!! Your tiramisu looks just great. Love the mini ones.


11 chef_d February 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

great photos! your tiramisu looks really good :)


12 Ellie (Almost Bourdain) February 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Lovely tiramisu. Very nicely done.


13 isabelle February 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Vraiment très beau, superbe présentation :)


14 ap269 February 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

You take some awesome pictures!


15 Happy Cook February 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I used chocolate coffee beans. This looks so so yumm.


16 Asha@FSK February 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

love the mini-Tiramisus!! your biscuits are soo perfect!


17 Natalie February 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Fabulous job on your tiramisu and presentation! Aparna and Deeba chose a beautiful challenge for us all to expand our baking skills.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go


18 Jenni February 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Great job! It looks super delicious!


19 wic February 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

this is so delicious and stunning looking that I can`t believe you ate it. its just so pretty.


20 Bread and Jam February 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I really like how you arranged the ladyfingers and the coffee bean garnish. Great job! :)


21 The Gypsy Chef February 28, 2010 at 2:46 am

Sunita, Your tiramisu is beautiful and sounds delicious. Lucky Dinesh! beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see what you cook up in India.
Bon Voyage!


22 sowmya February 28, 2010 at 6:39 am



23 nags February 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

gotta love the DB posting time. its raining tiramisu everywhere!!


24 Nina February 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

The coofee beans add a great touch to your Tiramisu.Looks fantastic.Happy vacation:)


25 aruna February 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

That’s a beautiful tiramisu!!


26 Meeta March 1, 2010 at 7:37 am

lovely looking tiramisu sunita – classic is always perfect. hope you have a great time in india! looking forward to hearing all about it!


27 diva March 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

DB does it again with such an amazing dessert! Beautiful sunita :D


28 Happy Cook March 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

They look beautiful, i woudn’t expect anything else than your side.
I am si thrilled for you. Kids must be so so excited.


29 asti @ iceteasugarhigh March 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

Great photos, especially the last one. Nicely done


30 nataJane March 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Beautifully made! I’ve only recently heard of the Daring Baker’s challenge and am intrigued. Where are the challenges issued from? Is there a main site I could check out?



31 fairy_mi March 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

yummmmm your tiramisu looks delicious!
What a great version for this challenge.
I love the flavors combination and the pictures are great
(also a DB)


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