How To Make Dalgona Tiramisu
How To Prepare Cheese Cream
You can use either a blender and food processor to combine the mascarpone cream, ricotta cheese, and powdered confectioner’s sugar. Process it until you get a creamy consistency and chill until ready to use.
How To Prepare Dalgona Cream
In a mixing bowl, combine the instant coffee, caster sugar, and hot water. You can use a hand mixer, stand mixer, or a whisk to whip the Dalgona cream. It may be a bit challenging to whip this with just a whisk but a fun “workout” experience. You should whip it continuously until you get a caramel-like color, thick consistency, or achieve a stiff peak meringue structure.
How To Prepare Tiramisu Cake
Prepare your baking dish or cake pan, the same one where you will assemble your Dalgona tiramisu. Dip the ladyfingers in your cold brew coffee about 3 times to make sure it’s soaked well enough and line it in your baking dish. You can now start layering!
How To Assemble Dalgona Tiramisu
Make 2 layers and each layer should look like this: coffee cake, cheese cream, Dalgona cream, garnish. Spread the cheese cream on the laid-out coffee-soaked ladyfingers, then spread the Dalgona cream, lastly, top both layers with shaved dark chocolate and orange zest. You’re ready to serve or you can choose to chill it in the fridge overnight if you prefer a softer tiramisu.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Mascarpone Cream/Cheese - an essential ingredient in tiramisu recipes. Its rich, silky, and buttery consistency is responsible for the delicate tiramisu texture. Santa Lucia by Galbany mascarpone is widely known as the best option for tiramisu, praised by Italian chefs. It is not recommended to replace mascarpone in tiramisu recipes, there is no 1-to-1 substitute. But if you absolutely have to, try mixing heavy whipped cream with cream cheese 1:1.
- Ricotta Cheese - a soft, fresh, spongy, white cheese traditionally made in Italy using whey. Ricotta cheese is usually available at most stores. But if you’re feeling like making your own, try this quick and easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese recipe. Or a more complicated and lengthy version of Creamy Ricotta Cheese.
- Confectioners Sugar - also known as powdered sugar. We need to use confectioners sugar in this recipe for its fine texture. It easily mixes with the creamy cheeses and creates a melt-in-your-mouth experience tiramisu is so famous for. If you don’t have it available, you can easily make your own powdered sugar using a blender, a food processor, or a coffee grinder. Just process regular granulated sugar in the kitchen appliance you have available and add some cornstarch. For each cup of granulated sugar add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
- Instant Coffee - we need dry instant coffee to completely dissolve in the cream. It also helps build up the cream quicker.
- Caster Sugar - also known as castor sugar, a finer version of the regular granulated sugar but not as powdery as the confectioner’s sugar. It dissolves faster than granulated sugar but does not contain cornstarch. Confectioners sugar and Caster sugar are not interchangeable. Make sure you use caster sugar for Galgona cream, as it is one of the main reasons behind its sweet flavor and fluffy texture.
- Ladyfingers - it’s best to use dry and crispy kinds of ladyfingers for any tiramisu recipe. The best option for tiramisu is Crunchy Savoiardi (Italian Ladyfingers). Soft or cake-style ladyfingers will get too soggy. It’s best to use ladyfingers, but if you have to replace them go for biscotti, dry sponge cake, or pavesini cookies.
- Cold Brew Coffee - cold brews are famous for their strong coffee flavor and less acidity. Instead of going with store-bought cold brew, make your own Cold Brew Coffee at home!
Tips & Suggestions
- Garnish - traditionally, tiramisu uses cocoa powder as garnish. In this recipe, we used shaved dark chocolate and orange zest. Dark chocolate gives a bolder flavor and orange zest for a hint of citrus and slight bitterness. Feel free to use any garnish of your choice, like whipped cream, chocolate-covered coffee beans, or just chocolate shavings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Store Leftover Dalgona Tiramisu?
Although we doubt having some leftovers, should you have some, you can store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days since this is an egg-free recipe. Expect to have an extra soft consistency since the cream will have soaked the ladyfingers even more. If softer tiramisu is more your thing, you can store it for a couple of days before consumption.
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