Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cherry Berry Tiramisu

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This tiramisu hit the spot to a tee let me tell you! The other night as my husband was watching TV he turns to me as I was chatting on FB and say's; "honey, do we have any dessert in the house other than ice cream"?  I stopped typing and just glared at him.  You know, the look a wife gives a husband when they have been together for so long and the wife is annoyed at being interrupted...
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.  



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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.



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Once hubby tasted this tiramisu, he was a "very happy camper" as well.  Considering my husband is a man of few words, his "honey this is outstanding", meant the world to me!!  Once trying it myself, I have to agree with him.  Bursting with real cherries and blueberries, Chambord liquor, blueberry syrup, amazing ricotta, it's literally a piece of creamy berry heaven!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;


Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: NO BAKE
Yield: 12 squares

Ingredients:

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

Directions:
*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



-Spread half of your ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the lady fingers.



-Add half of your fruit mixture evenly over the ricotta cheese mixture.  Repeat one more time, don't forget to drizzle with that amazing liquor or blueberry syrup.



-Using the other half of the non-dairy topping, spread evenly over the tiramisu.  Okay, so a smidgen of the topping ends up in your mouth, I know... I have no idea how this happens, but it happens every time.  I'm afraid it's a fact of life my friends!



-Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.



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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

6 comments :

  1. Lovin this- so glad you used the ricotta instead of the marscarpone. I've been dying to do this for other recipes and just wasn't sure it would work. Also thought of mixing the drained ricotta with some cream cheese- also never did it. The price of EVERYTHING is making me crazy. Your recipe sounds like heaven!

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    1. I hear you Linda dolly, I almost gasped out loud, I'm not joking when I saw the price!!

      Just make sure you drain it well then mix it real well till creamy!!!

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    2. I'm gasping daily, seriously- I make a dip that should be made with marscapone, and whip the "*!&*^%##@" out of ricotta, so I know this will work. Thanks dedes:}

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  2. Didi, this looks yummy! Thanks for including instructions for keeping it family friendly, too. ♥

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    1. Thank you Melissa, I love berries and will be making this again and again!! ♥

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