Baileys and Hot Chocolate Tiramisu

Baileys and Hot Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe

Please welcome Jacklyn, of A BitterSweet Wife, a delicious food blog I discovered a few months ago. Jacklyn is a NYC fashion designer turned food writer with an incredible sense of design and very creative recipes. I'm especially fond of Jacklyn's desserts. Tiramisu is our family’s favorite dessert, so it’s a special treat to be sharing Jacklyn’s Baileys hot cocoa tiramisu recipe. Please visit Jacklyn's A Bitter Sweet Wife for more delicious dessert recipes!

This year is turning out just as wonderfully as I had predicted. I know it's a little soon to judge the entire year, but three weeks in, I'm very satisfied with the outlook. One of the very exciting opportunities that has presented itself to me this year is that I was asked by Jackie of PhamFatale.com to create a guest post for her blog! Seeing as though my blog is still a baby at six months old this month, it was an unexpected but great surprise that she reached out to me a few weeks ago asking me if I would be interested in creating a dessert post for her blog. Of course I said yes and began brainstorming for something that would be unique, but easy and delicious for my recipe. I am beyond pleased with my decision and the outcome of the dessert. It is a for sure crowd pleaser in anyone's kitchen.

It's a twist on a timeless classic that will have you dreaming of nights in front of the fireplace as you watch the snow fall outside your window.

Who doesn’t like to cuddle up with a nice mug of hot cocoa on a cold winters night? Add a little splash of Baileys and your sitting pretty. Well I decided that for my first attempt at tiramisu I was going to mix things up a little bit and do my own take on this Italian classic. (Hence were my opening statement about the Baileys spiked hot chocolate comes in to play.) I decided to swap out the coffee and brandy liquor for hot chocolate and Baileys, hoping that the taste would be reminiscent of the popular winters night beverage. And I have to say I think I was extremely successful. The taste of Baileys soaked cake hits you first, and then you get the sweetness from the chocolate powder mixed with the creamy tartness of the mascarpone mixture. It’s quite a divine combination.

Ingredients

Yields: 4 servings

¼ cup hot water
¼ cup hot chocolate powder
¼ cup Baileys Original
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups mascarpone cheese
18 ladyfingers


Directions

Some of the ingredients needed for tiiramisu are probably not just lying around your kitchen, but most supermarkets do carry them, such as the mascarpone cheese. You will most likely find this in your food stores cheese section. It’s an Italian dessert cheese; it’s similar in texture to cream cheese. Also the Baileys is something you will need to pick up at your local liquor store or if your food store sells liquor you can pick it up there. You will only need a small amount, so the tiny bottle near the register will be plenty. Start by adding 2 tsp of hot chocolate mix to ¼ cup hot water, and stir till dissolved. Then add in the Baileys.

tiramisu ingredients

This next part is probably the most difficult and time-consuming part of this recipe. But don’t worry if you have the right tools, it’s not bad at all. You’ll want to use either a hand held electric beater or an immersion blender with the whisk attachment on. Start by getting a small pot of water boiling (water about 2” deep) on your stovetop. Place a bowl on top of the pot with 2 egg yolks and sugar in it. Whisk (by hand) very quickly and continuously till the yolk and sugar is combined and the mixture lightens and becomes the texture of runny pudding. Try not to over cook the eggs. If you do they will look more like scrambled eggs. Remove from heat and set aside. Then in a separate bowl whisk (with your hand held electric beaters or electric whisk) the 2 egg whites till they form stiff peaks. Now this part takes a few minutes but with the electric tools, there is really not much physical work to be done. Just keep your mixer running till the egg whites become stiff and when you pull the whisk or beaters out, peaks form in the whites. Once done, set aside.



Now fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg yolk mixture. When the cheese is well combined and creamy, fold it into the egg white mixture. This will thin it out a great deal, making it easier to pour and spread.



Now the fun part begins. Using 2 mugs, place 3 ladyfingers at the bottom of the cup. Generously brush with the hot cocoa Baileys liquid. Next spoon the mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers.



Then sprinkle with hot chocolate powder. Repeat process 2 times. On the last round end with the ladyfingers and place on top of them either hand whipped heavy cream or canned whip cream.



Top with mini marshmallows, a dusting of hot chocolate mix, and a wafer straw.

chocolate tiramisu

Share with a loved one and I promise they will love you forever. This wintery take on an Italian classic is the way to any chocolate lovers heart.



1. Start by adding 2 tsp of hot chocolate mix to hot water, and stir till dissolved. Then add in the Baileys.

2. In a double boiler, whisk (by hand) very quickly and continuously 2 egg yolks and sugar till combined and the mixture lightens and becomes the texture of runny pudding. {Try not to over cook the eggs. If you do they will look more like scrambled eggs.} Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl whisk (with your hand held electric beaters or electric whisk) 2 egg whites till they form stiff peaks. Once done, set aside.

4. Fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg yolk mixture. When the cheese is well combined and creamy, fold it into the egg white mixture.

5. Using 2 mugs, place 3 ladyfingers at the bottom of the cup. Generously brush with the hot cocoa Baileys liquid. Next spoon the mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Then sprinkle with hot chocolate powder. Repeat process 2 times. On the last round end with the ladyfingers and place on top of them either hand whipped heavy cream or canned whip cream.

6. Top with mini marshmallows, a dusting of hot chocolate mix, and a wafer straw.

Enjoy!


Tips

*Raw egg warning.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on January 12, 2012.


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