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Tiramisu Without Coffee

Asked by lycar123. Answered on 10th January 2019

Full question

I don’t like coffee and wondered if it was possible to make a tiramisu using some form of chocolate flavouring instead? I am aware that it should be made with coffee, but can’t stand the smell or taste.

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White Tiramisu
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Our answer

Tiramisu is generally made with coffee as the savoiardi biscuits (cookies) are dunked into the coffee so that they absorb some of the liquid and become soft. As the name "tiramisu" is derived from the Italian for a "pick me up", we wonder if the caffeine in the coffee acted as a key ingredient for the alleged reviving qualities of the dish. Coffee also provides flavour and a slight bitterness to balance the creamy mascarpone.

However if you don't like coffee we would suggest trying Nigella's White Tiramisu as an alternative. The savoiardi are dunked in a mixture of milk and white rum instead of coffee. Some sweetness and texture is added to the dish by using crumbled up meringues in between the layers of biscuits and mascarpone.

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