Saturday, February 27, 2010

Daring Bakers Challenge - Tiramisu

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.

I have never eaten tiramisu. It must be because I’m not a fan of cheese, and tiramisu is all about the cream cheese. It’s also not the least bit healthy nor vegan friendly, and if you avoid soy as I do, it’s even more unfriendly. Nonetheless, I love these challenges and every month they are indeed a challenge!

Another major component of tiramisu is the ladyfinger cookies. Even though I didn’t use the vegan friendly recipe provided in my version of tiramisu, I did make these cookies. I used applesauce instead of margarine to keep them low fat, and although they were not the melt-in-your-mouth ladyfingers of my memory, they did make a tasty cookie.

My healthy tiramisu was quick and easy – half a banana cut in half, layered with almond cream, and topped with cacao nibs.

This is a delicious dessert I can enjoy and never feel guilty eating!

Here’s the recipe for ladyfingers if you’d like to try a vegan or dairyfree version.

(Source: Adapted from Recipezaar.
This recipe makes about 4 long biscuits (3" long and 3/4" wide).
(I made a half batch and got 3 cookies.)

4 tablespoons/ 55gms sugar
1 teaspoon/ 5ml vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups/ 340gms unsalted butter (I used unsweetened applesauce)
2 cups/ 250gms all purpose flour
1/2 cup/ 40gms coarsely ground almonds
powdered sugar

Blend all the ingredients well and adding the coarsely ground nuts last. Scrape the batter into a piping bag with a ¾-inch plain tip and pipe into fingers about 3 inches long at 1-inch intervals onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake them in a 300 degree F (150 C) oven for 30 to 45 minutes till they start turning slightly brown at the edges.

Take them out of the oven and cool on tray for about 5 minutes and then move the biscuits to a cooling rack. When slightly cool, roll them in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container till required.


Ms.Chitchat said...

Mmmmm, a healthy yet very tasty dessert. Click is very inviting and tempting too. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.


Andrea said...

I've never had tiramisu, either, and have never wanted to veganize it. As you've shown with your dessert, there are other, healthier ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. (I would have a hard time adding 1-1/2 cups of margarine to a recipe!)

Mihl said...

I really love tiramisu and we often would get it at restaurants and make it at home. I've made it once since going vegan, I think. I would never have thought there could be a healthy version. Well done!

Amey said...

Oh gosh, when I lived in Italy, I really fell in love with Tiramisu. It isn't something I've bothered trying to recreate as a vegan. Sometimes I think it's just better to let bygones be bygones. However, your healthy version is really lovely - it looks super delicious!

Amber G. said...

I am always looking for clever ways to "veganize" desserts and this looks delicious. I recently started a group food blog for a class at UT and will be covering the vegan beat, check it out

Ricki said...

This looks like such a great idea! Banana instead of ladyfingerse. . . inspired! I absolutely adore tiramisu and really miss it. My hubby eats it on occasion and I just smell the coffee and liqueur. . . but I must say that your healthy version is calling to me, too!

Catherine Weber said...

healthy OR indulgent, I don't care! I love tiramisu! Your version looks delicious.

Jes said...

I love the healthy version--I'm going to have to give it a try soon!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Quick & easy tiramisu! Nice!

Erin said...

That's a fantastic adaptation! Tiramisu kinda always weirded me out, what with the soaking in eggs and stuff.

Unknown said...

That is such a healthy variation of tiramisu, love it !

River - The Crafty Kook said...

It's beautiful! I've never had tiramisu either, but I'm not a cream cheese person either so your version looks way more appealing! :)

Thank you for the ladyfingers recipe!

Hannah said...

A healthy tiramisu- Now I've seen it all!

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