Orange Tiramisu

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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After I whined and carried on about the Tiramisu recipe in the February Daring Bakers challenge, I got several requests for my tried and true, old standby tiramisu recipe.  When Easter rolled around, I decided to make it and share it with you.  There was one problem, though.  My tiramisu recipe includes raw egg yolks, espresso and booze, all of which are verboten for my seven year-old nephews.  I certainly didn’t want to serve a luscious dessert for our Easter feast that the little guys couldn’t enjoy, so I had to modify my recipe.  What I came up with was a version that had none of the offending ingredients, but was so fabulous that I may never go back to my old recipe again!

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Instead of using the raw egg yolks, I borrowed from the DB recipe and made a zabaglione, which is basically a light custard with egg yolks, sugar and Marsala wine.  Instead of the two yolks called for, I upped the ante and made mine with six. The result was super rich and creamy, and perfect for my tiramisu.

My next hurdle was the espresso.  I knew that if I fed high test, sugar-laden coffee to my already rambunctious nephews, my sister-in-law would probably never speak to me again. What to do, what to do….  I loved the orange flavored tiramisu I had made for the DB challenge and I wanted to reproduce those flavors, which brought me to my next obstacle – that orange syrup was made with Grand Marnier – another no-no for the boys.  So, I killed two birds with one stone and combined Grand Marnier, dark rum, fresh orange juice and sugar to make a different orange syrup.  In this one, however, I boiled and reduced the ingredients so that all of the alcohol was cooked off.   Then, I mixed the syrup with some more fresh orange juice and ended up with a lovely, intensely flavored dipping liquid for my ladyfingers.

Once my orange tiramisu was all chilled and ready to serve, I grated some good bittersweet chocolate on top to make it all pretty (and more delicious).

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The verdict?  My newfangled version of tiramisu was a resounding dreamy, creamy success!  I only wish I had a photo of it cut so you could see the inside.  I took these pictures before dinner. But, once I served it, there were forks flying everywhere and it was gone before I could even find my camera!  You’ll just have to trust me when I say it was like Florida sunshine on a plate.

 

Enjoy!

23 responses to Orange Tiramisu

  1. On April 06, 2010 at 1:42pm, Nicole Spasiano said...

    oh delish!
    I love how you modified it. 6 eggs! oh my so rich!

  2. On April 06, 2010 at 1:43pm, Joanne said...

    I love your rationale for changing up the tiramisu. Although maybe the alcohol would have counteracted the sugar and espresso and made your nephew go to sleep? Who knows! Looks delicious.

  3. On April 06, 2010 at 1:52pm, Rosa said...

    What a gorgeous flavor for a Tiramisù! Delightful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. On April 06, 2010 at 2:18pm, Sandie {Inn Cuisine} said...

    Florida sunshine on a plate? I’m there! Seriously, this sounds so, so good. Think this will be my first attempt of Tiramisu at home!

  5. On April 06, 2010 at 3:02pm, Leah said...

    This variation sounds just fantastic. I’m going to have to wrack my brains for a way to make a dairy-free tiramisu one of these days; it’s been entirely too long since I could have any!

  6. On April 06, 2010 at 3:30pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Some very clever ideas in here. You know it’s good if people eat it before the camera comes out.

  7. On April 06, 2010 at 5:20pm, Marthe said...

    This looks sooooo good!!

  8. On April 06, 2010 at 6:45pm, Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes said...

    Beautiful pictures!

  9. On April 06, 2010 at 7:05pm, Claudia said...

    I read a recipe for dairy-free cheese cake using cashews, if Leah searches online, and that might work for your wonderful sounding tiramisu. I’m glad it won’t be necessary, and also for the variations you made as I also have younger folks to consider.

  10. On April 07, 2010 at 1:26am, Coleen said...

    You are VERY clever, however, its well known that you can never really cook off ALL of the alcohol…I’m guessing that there must not have been enough left to cause trouble. This sounds delicious!!!

  11. On April 07, 2010 at 10:31am, bellini valli said...

    This was a perfect ending to a meal Susan.

  12. On April 07, 2010 at 11:35am, Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

    It sounds delicious. I’ve been thinking of whipping up a strawberry tiramisu with these great prices on strawberries right now!

  13. On April 07, 2010 at 12:51pm, Sarka said...

    I like how you changed the recipe. I’m often hesitant about consuming raw eggs, however they can’t be replaced in some recipes. This tiramisu looks truly divine! Such a shame you didn’t manage to take a picture of the inside. I would be probably drooling now! :)
    You have a beautiful blog, so glad I discovered it!

  14. On April 07, 2010 at 1:46pm, Meg @ A Dash of Nutmeg said...

    Oh that looks divine!

    I featured your blog in an awards post on my blog: http://www.dashofnutmeg.com/2010/04/my-first-blog-award.html

    Congrats!

  15. On April 07, 2010 at 2:09pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Ooh 6 eggs! I love to see improvements over other recipes, because thhe DB one was so loved, and you’re saying this is better. I’m going to make this ASAP!

  16. On April 08, 2010 at 5:50pm, Mary said...

    This sounds delicious–almost like a tiramisu meets an orange tian! I loved my fruity tiramisu too, and it didn’t have 6 egg yolks, so I bet this was fantastic. No wonder there are no pictures of it cut!

  17. On April 08, 2010 at 10:53pm, Tangled Noodle said...

    Tiramisu is one of my husband’s two most favorite desserts (the other is crème brulée) – he would be so thrilled if I were to try making this for him. Thank you for not requiring that we make our own mascarpone or ladyfingers! 8-)

  18. On April 12, 2010 at 5:39am, Elaine from Cookware Help said...

    Oh! I’m drooling seeing and reading this recipe post! It’s just wonderful how Tiramisu is taking making twists and turns. We’ve seen the classic, lemon, strawberry, mixed berries… and now orange-rum syrup! I should try this soon. YUM!

  19. On April 13, 2010 at 1:34pm, Aparna said...

    As one of the hosts of that DB tiramisu challenge, I’m quite interested in what you’ve done here. Looks and sounds really good, except that for me personally there’s a little bit too much egg in it. :)
    Looks good, and oprange and chocolate is always a winner.

  20. On April 14, 2010 at 3:09pm, Lucy said...

    My this looks creamy, rich, decadent – gorgeous! I love that the true richness is offset by the bright orange flavour. Delicious and ingenious :D

  21. On April 15, 2010 at 9:54am, dani said...

    great modifications!!!!

  22. On January 23, 2011 at 4:56am, sweets in bulk said...

    Looks so yummy! I love it. I never knew that there is an orange tiramisu.I want to grab and try it. I think it is so delicious. Great job!

  23. On April 22, 2011 at 2:47pm, peabody said...

    Holy Yum! This looks fantastic!

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