Yeah, that look! Then as we made eye contact, we both burst out laughing!!
I answered my husband in the negative but did ask him what he had in mind. *keep it clean people, keep it clean, we are talking food here*
He said he was in the mood for some cake or maybe some raspberry bars or something. Hmmmmm, I had to think about this.
I asked him if he wanted a pie or cobbler and then just like that, I mean in a blink of an eye, it came to me; "tiramisu"!! I know he loves it as much as I do.
So tiramisu was decided upon. I headed out the next day to my favorite Italian store to pick up some lady fingers and Mascarpone cheese. Once I arrived, and put my heart back where it is supposed to be when it flew to my mouth upon seeing how high the prices of Mascarpone cheese had jumped to, I picked up its equivalent, ricotta cheese. I added the lady fingers to the cart along with some Greek olives, and then right next to the olives was this amazing display of natural syrups. Oh? *screeched to a halt* "What is this I thought to myself"? They had such a variety of syrups from raspberry to loganberry, blueberry etc. All natural with no HFCS. So in the cart went the blueberry syrup as ideas were flowing and I was a happy camper.
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: NO BAKE
Yield: 12 squares
1 package lady fingers
1 cup pitted chopped cherries, diced
1 cup blueberries
4 tbsp superfine sugar - divided (can use granulated)
6-1/2 tbsp Chambord liquor - divided *see notes*
1/3 cup blueberry syrup
1/3 cup hot water
15 Oz container whole milk ricotta cheese, drained
1 (8 Oz) non dairy topping
*Notes: the limited amount of liquor really enhances this tiramisu. However, if you do not use alcohol (really?), or do not want the young ones having liquor of any kind you can certainly drizzle with the diluted blueberry syrup instead.
-Pull out your 9 x 9 square pan and set aside.
-Using a medium bowl, add your drained ricotta cheese. How to drain? Place ricotta cheese in a fine strainer over a bowl and let sit for at least 6 hours in refrigerator prior to using or overnight. Add 2 tbsp superfine sugar and 2 tbsp of Chambord liquor. Using your hand mixer, mix till ricotta is nice and creamy. Take half of the non-dairy topping or 4 Oz and fold into the ricotta cheese mixture. Dip the tip of a spoon in to taste you know, it should be just so delectable you want to eat the whole bowl, set aside!
-In a small bowl, add your cherries and blueberries along with the additional 2 tbsp superfine sugar and 1/2 tbsp of Chambord liquor, stir to incorporate thoroughly and set aside.
-Using a plate large enough to accommodate the lady fingers, add your blueberry syrup along with the hot water and dilute. Now we are ready to assemble.
-Dip your lady fingers in the blueberry syrup and place evenly on the bottom of your square pan. Drizzle with 2 tbsp of Chambord liquor
Cut evenly into 12 squares and get ready for the compliments to start rolling in! Very easy yes? I know, and talk about delicious!!
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi