Thursday 15 November 2007

Irish Cream Tiramisu

32. Irish Cream Tiramisu
I’m giving this one a whole post to itself, so that I can share my adapted version of Nigella’s recipe and also so that I can take it to Peabody’s virtual Housewarming Party, good luck sweetie in your lovely new home =)

I like tiramisu, and testement to this is the number of recipes for it I’ve tried. My other two favourites are Delia Smith’s one in The Winter Collection with rum and a berry one in the in one of the Avoca cookbooks (which was my ‘new’ tiramisu last year) with cassis and summer fruits. Actually I must make that one again…I try a new tiramisu most years and was very much looking forward to this one, especially after hearing rave reviews from fellow Nigella-ites.

Nigella’s rich and gorgeous one has Irish cream in it, and that to me means Bailey’s Irish Cream. I don’t drink much, hardly ever in fact, but the very occasional night cap of this drink is a little treat.

I’ve altered this recipe here by halving it to start with, as I was really trying it just for us, and we probably would eat the whole lot over two or three days! So I halved it and made it in an oval pyrex dish. I’ve made the coffee less strong, because I’ve learned that is how we like it, and although I halved it I left the egg whites the same to lighten the marscapone a little more.

This is a beautiful tiramisu, and the Bailey’s Irish Cream settles into it so well; it’s as if it’s always been there. It is not a very sweet pudding this one, but oddly that seems to be in it’s favour, as it seems to lighten it somehow, and balance it at the same time. I had a little debate with myself as to if or not I’d up the sugar next time – and there will be a next time – perhaps a little, but then again perhaps not. Ah if this were the hardest decision life would be so sweet…
Also for anyone who requested the hokey pokey recipe of a couple of posts ago, I've added on the recipe.

Irish Cream Tiramisu
Adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

175ml coffee, made with 175 ml water and 2 teaspoons instant expresso or coffee
130ml Bailey’s Cream liqueur
1 x 200g Savoiardi (Italian lady Finger Biscuits) or trifle sponge fingers
2 eggs
40g caster sugar
250g mascarpone
1 teaspoon cocoa powder, heaped

1)Mix the coffee with 90mls Bailey’s in a shallow bowl.
2)Dip half the biscuits into this liquid, until damp but not soggy. Line the bottom of your dish with them.
3)Separate the eggs, keeping the 2 yolks and then one egg white. Whisk the two egg yolks and the sugar until thick and pale yellow, then fold in the remaining 40ml of Baileys, and the mascarpone to make a moussy mixture.
4) Whisk the single egg white until thick and frothy, fold into the mascarpone mixture, and spread half of this on top of the dipped biscuits in the dish.
5) Repeat the dipping and layering with the other half of the fingers into the dish and then top with the second half of the marscapone mix.
6) Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge over night. When ready to serve use a small sieve or tea strainer to sift over the cocoa powder. Serves 6.


Kajal@aapplemint said...

i know u are a big fan of Nigella .
Chk this out , a fellow blogger met her

is'nt that awesome.

I love tiramisu as well.Never tried it with Baileys though. Must be amazing.

Sandy said...

It looks excellent. I love tiramisu also, and Bailey's in it sounds delicious.

slush said...

OMG does that look good! I wish we were staying home for Thanksgiving, Id go nuts making desserts!

Paola Westbeek said...

Yum, yum! That's one I should try soon!


Anna's kitchen table said...

I really liked this tiramisu too KJ, but found it just a tad too boozy for us. Next time I make it I'll lessen the booze I think.

Peabody said...

OMG! Absolutely know how I love the Irish Cream! Thanks so much for making it.

Cynthia said...


Ms O said...

Hi KJ,

I could eat that right now! It looks amazing. We're big time fans of Tiramisu.

Lea xxx

Pat said...

Ohhhhhh You bad girl!!!! There goes any chance of loosing weight before the Holidays!!!! That looks soooooooo yummy!!!

violets said...

Hi Kelly Jane

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but yours looks absolutely wonderful

Vi xx

Nora B. said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, thanks for your version. I am so looking forward to trying this. It's been a long time since I made tiramisu and this version sounds just like my kind of pick me up!

Anonymous said...

OMG...could there be anything better? Sounds delicious!

Susan said...

I've never met a tiramisu recipe that didn't work. Maybe I've just been lucky, but I think that's the beauty of it. This is a beauty, too. I can taste the warmth of whiskey in it.

Maggie said...

I love Tiramisu but haven't made one for ages. Yours looks really yummy!

Cheryl said...

Some marscapone, Bailey's. Sounds like a perfect evening to me.

M'nMs said...

way to go!! can't wait to try out the other Nigella recipes...I just bought the book and am enjoying..especially drooling over the pictures ;)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Decisions, decisions. This tiramisu looks heavenly.

Mara said...

Mmm, the addition of Bailey's sounds great. As I'm not much of a drinker, either, I'll have to wait until I'm presented with a bottle, though LOL
I personally prefer my tiramisu with very strong coffee, but then I don't have a little girl to feed ;)

Freya said...

KJ, it's great to see yours and Amandas blogs again! Hope things are going well.
I'm not sure about Nigella Express the TV show but the book seemed a little more promising and this Tiramisu seems - in Nigellas words - divine!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

This recipe caught my eye when I was flipping through my new cookbook. I'm glad you made it. Your lighter version looks great!

Anonymous said...

This dessert looks luscious indeed, I love it!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Elle said...

I'll 'show up' at the houseparty just for looks delicious.

Kelly-Jane said...

Sandy, Slush, Paola, Cynthia, Vi, Kirsten, Margatret, Cheryl, Ari and Elle thank you :)

Kate, thanks for the link I went and had a read, it was great!

Anna, I let the coffe get cold before adding the Bailey's so that it wouldn't give the alcohol any extra kick, maybe that would help?

Peabody, you are very welcome :)

Lea, I could be done with some more now as well ;)

Pat, Hee hee!

Nora, I hope that you like it either mine or Nigella's if you give it a go :)

Susan, Home-made ones are usually so good, but some of the ones I've eaten in restaurants have been quite dire. There is one in particular that sticks in my mind, the marscapone mixture was like an over set jelly, and was quite like a brick! Fortunately things have moved on a bit since then!

Hello M&M! I hope that you find some good things to make and eat in there ;)

Amanda, "decisions, decisions" will she won't she...!

Mara, I think you'd like it best with Nigella's stregnth of coffee, but I like pale coffee for some reason :)

Freya and Paul, So good to see you back! I've missed you and reading your blog :) I do like most of the TV series, but the book has a lot more in it, which makes it better - for me anyway :)

Lynn, I always need a light mascarpone mixture, probably after a real horror once when eating out! (see my reply to Susan above).

Thank you all.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

This looks so great. I love tiramisu.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I have never been a great fan of tiramisu, but I wonder if I might like it better with Baileys? Yum!

Natalya said...

Hi cookbookqueen,

I love your blog. You have lots of yummy recipes.
As I can see, you are also a fan of Nigella as I am.
On Nigella forum this recipe was chosen as a Cookalong Challenge of February and all participants could make this recipe and then share their opinions and thoughts about the final results.
I made it too and was completely seduced by its creamy taste with a touch of Baileys. It is a perfect dessert for a lovely romantic meal for 2.
I put my comments and pictures on my blog. If you are interested to have a look at it, here is the link:

Happy cooking !