Miss Windsor and I love tiramisu and have both noticed how
actual Italian tiramisu in Italy isn’t terribly alcoholic, if at all. We
decided we’d bring you our own special versions, mine based on my
Venice one and Miss Windsor’s made with one of her favourite tipples,
Harvey’s Bristol Cream, which I think is an inspired British alternative
to the customary Italian marsala or vin santo. We love them both equally and we hope you will too.
Mrs Simkins Tiramisu Trifle
Tiramisu is one of the nicest puddings in the world but usually, to
be honest, a bit of a faff to make at home. As I mentioned above, I had
the most lovely one earlier this year during our late May jaunt to
Venice, which on close inspection, turned out to be more of a tiramisu
In place of the expected marsala-enriched zabaglione blended with
mascarpone and layered with coffee-soaked sponge fingers, was a
beautiful confectioner’s custard sitting on coffee-soaked sponge, topped
off with whipped cream and cocoa powder. It was absolutely gorgeous.
I’d promised our tiramisu-loving friend I’d take a photo of a genuine
Venetian tiramisu for her (she and her late husband visited Venice many
times years ago and she always had tiramisu for pudding. They would
sample different restaurants every night so she’s practically a world
authority on Venetian tiramisu!)
Anyway, when my tiramisu arrived, it looked so inviting I dived
straight in and only remembered the photo when I’d virtually licked the
Our friend came round for Sunday dinner recently and I made my own
version of the Venice one for her. I couldn’t detect any alcohol in the
original but since we all enjoy a tipsymisu I’ve added a generous measure of Kahlua coffee liqueur to the sponge.
A light dusting of drinking chocolate gives a more mellow finish than
the traditional substantial amount of cocoa, but use cocoa, or grated
dark chocolate, if you prefer.
We all loved it and she said it was the best she’d ever tasted:
certainly, she tucked into seconds very enthusiastically and we’ve
promised to have it again next time she comes round.
Tiramisu literally translates from the Italian as ‘pick-me-up’ or
‘cheer me up; and this one certainly left us all feeling very perky and
cheered up indeed!