Chocolate virgin tiramisu {vegetarian}17

Posted on August 22, 2012 by ChristieSweet Treats, Vegetarian

You guys seem to like the sweet stuff, so today I am going to indulge you with a delicious dessert to get you through hump day!

We have been absolutely overdosing on this tiramisu at the Fig & Cherry household recently because I have had to make it three times. Not that we’re complaining (even though our tight jeans are).

The first time I made it there was far too much cream filling and it turned into a big sloppy mess. Albeit, a DELICIOUS sloppy mess. We still ate it and enjoyed it immensely. But it just wasn’t right to serve to you, dear readers (or the lovely peeps at Vitasoy, who were paying me to create it).

After a little bit of tweaking, and with much less overzealous use of cream, we came to a happy medium of biscuit and filling. Who would have thought you could actually have too much cream? Not me. That’s for sure.

Hang on. Why is this dessert a virgin?

Oh yes! I forgot to explain… there’s no booze! Traditional italian tiramisu features marsala wine, but I’ve left it out and added a little bit of grated chocolate inbetween each layer instead for a yummy twist.

The bitter chocolate is a great match with the strong coffee, which in turn is mellowed out a bit with a good dose of soy milk so that the coffee flavour is not too overpowering (one of my pet hates of tiramisu).

How to serve tiramisu in neat slices

See what I have done there in the picture above? I’ve shown you a little trick. The trick to being able to serve tiramisu in fancy neat slices. All you have to do is have LOTS of overhang of greaseproof paper. Then you simply lift it out of the loaf tin, and it practically serves itself.

In fact, you could serve it at the table just like that and let people cut slices to the thickness they desire. Some might call that laziness. I call it smart. Time saving AND you don’t have to worry about plating up. Pour me another glass of wine please.

The side view is drool worthy. Work it girl. I mean, tiramisu.

I hope my Italian readers will forgive me for deviating from the original recipe (I’m looking at you Schipiliti sisters!) – and including soy milk of all things! But I’m telling you, this version is lovely. The coffee, the chocolate, the soy milk, the mascarpone and of course the delicious savoiardi – they all combine to make a luscious prepare-ahead dessert worthy of a dinner party.

Or, more simply, a dessert for your beloved family. As they say in Italy, ‘buon appetito!’.

Have you ever made tiramisu? How did you serve it?

Christie x

Chocolate virgin tiramisu

serves 8-10

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) strong black coffee
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Vita Cafe or Vitasoy Soy Milky (or regular cows milk, if you prefer)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 250g (1 cup) mascarpone
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) double thick cream (the one that says for dolloping)
  • 18 savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits)
  • 50g dark chocolate, grated*

1. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper, allowing overhang so that you can lift the entire dessert out in one go at the end.

2. Pour the coffee and soy milk in to a bowl and stir. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Add the mascarpone and thick cream and gently fold together with a large metal spoon. Set aside.

4. Quickly dip a biscuit into the coffee mixture and place at the bottom of the loaf tin. Repeat with 5 more to line the bottom of the tin with six biscuits. Spoon over one third of the cream mixture and sprinkle with a little grated chocolate. Repeat two more times making sure to finish with the cream mixture and chocolate on top.

5. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of the tin, using the greaseproof paper. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to allow the cream to soften slightly. Then slice thickly and serve.

*I used Lindt 70% chocolate as the dark bitterness was a great match with the strong coffee, but feel free to use your favourite brand.

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  • So gorgeous! I think tiramisu can sometimes be really heavy so I dont normally eat it but this one looks very light and I love the sound of the nutty soy in it.

    • Hi Nic – it is much lighter, but still a little sinful. A perfect mix :)

  • This looks glorious! I would love this healthier and vegetarian version. Thank you so much, I will be doing this for sure.

  • Angela

    Well done Christie. When you cook with love, & as much passion as you, all variations are forgiven ;) & yummy I’m sure

    • Hi Angela – beautifully said! I agree wholeheartedly x

  • Love the look of the nice neat slices :)

    • Hey thanks Intolerant Chef! Me too – so much prettier than a big chunky dollop – although they both taste good!

  • This looks incredible! I love the layers and the way you decided to cut up the tiramisu. That cross section looks amazing. I prefer my tiramisu without any alcohol in it myself.

    • Hey Tina – then you’ll love this booze free version that’s just a tiny bit healthier than the traditional one.

  • Why to naughty things have to taste so good!!!!! Yum!

    • Hey ChompChomp – I know!! Annoying! :)

  • I enjoy eating tiramisu but find it painful to make…and I prefer mine with sambuca! LOL! I love what you have done here Christie…you’ve reworked the recipe beautifully! And I like the help yourself idea. Smart thinking!

  • Looks absolutely delicious! I love a good tiramisu and that one looks fantastic.

  • OMG I’m so trying this recipe soon :) I don’t have Marsala wine at home and can’t be bothered going out to get it! But i have the rest of the ingredients at home YAY! Thank you!

  • Hehe I can’t believe that you could ever have too much cream! :P

    • Oh OK, you’re right! :) Christie

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