A few months back, a craving hit for tiramisu. I knew I had lady fingers in the pantry so I figured all was well in the world. I looked up recipes and kept falling short on key ingredients. So I began to Google substitutions. I then began to Google substitutions of substitutions. I should have stopped there, but it was too late to turn back.
As you can predict, it was the mother of all fails. I assumed it would be, but I thought perhaps I would have stumbled upon a great discovery through my experimentations. Nope.
Recently a recipe has been floating around Facebook that seemed quite similar to tiramisu. A faux tiramisu, if you will. Oh, and what’s this? Only four ingredients (excluding water). Alright, you got me.
- 4 heaping tablespoons, Nescafe
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream, cold
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 2 and a half sleeves, Ulker tea biscuits (full package contains 5 sleeves), or similar
- Garnish – Cocoa powder (or Nescafe)
- Combine 2 cups of hot water with 4 tablespoons Nescafe in a shallow dish. If you prefer a stronger coffee taste, increase the amount of Nescafe. Be careful about adding too much, lest it become bitter.
- Pour cold heavy whipping cream into a large bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until soft peaks form. Do not over beat.
- Gently fold in one can of sweetened condensed milk. Be sure to scrape down sides of bowl to fully incorporate all ingredients. Set aside.
- Dip tea biscuits into coffee mixture for 3 – 4 seconds. Long enough to soak without falling apart. Cover bottom of 9×13 dishwith full layer of soaked biscuits. Repeat for a second layer.
- Spread half of the sweetened whip cream mixture evenly over the first layer of biscuits.
- Repeat with another layer of soaked biscuits. Spread remaining whipped cream evenly on top. Dust with cocoa powder.
- Cover and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
I’m sold on this dessert. I can count the number of ingredients on my hand, it’s fool-proof assembly, and it can be made ahead of time.
While this isn’t exactly tiramisu, it’s the best substitution. My husband loved it. The girls each got one bite (it does contain coffee after all) and we’re bummed they couldn’t have a whole slice. Another time my dears, another time.
Edited to add:
Important notes to consider:
- If using a hand mixer, you will need to beat the whipping cream for 5-6 minutes.
- If the coffee mixture is cold, the biscuits will soak up less liquid. Hold the biscuits in the liquid for 5-6 seconds. I still had 1/2 cup liquid left compared to the 1/4 cup liquid that remained when I made this with hot water.