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Recipe Collection: Tiramisu {grain-free}

admin April 15, 2020

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts.

I love creamy things, a hint of coffee (even though, ironically, I don’t drink coffee), and the not-too-sweet nature of it.  That’s perfect for me — I don’t like overly sugary dishes, and ‘sugar’ isn’t what I’m looking for in a dessert.  I want to enjoy it, without that sickly, overdone feeling.

So, tiramisu it is.

Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert, made with mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, espresso, cocoa powder, and ladyfingers.  The ladyfingers are traditionally soaked in the espresso (sometimes with liqueur added, then placed in a layered dish and topped with a creamy filling.  The top is dusted with cocoa powder, and then, it is perfection.

Recipe Collection: Tiramisu {Grain-Free}

I’m trying for a healthier — but still completely delicious — twist on this, as well as making it a bit easier to make.  Instead of ladyfingers (a sponge cake shaped like a long oval), which are filled with white sugar and flour, I chose to make a grain-free, low-sugar sponge cake.

I also baked the sponge cake in individual mason jars and then added the filling on top.  No layering, no piping, no extra steps.  Just sheer deliciousness, and individual dessert cups.

It’s better if you make the filling and the sponge cakes a few hours before you want to put them together (I had to fast-chill my cakes in my fridge because I was impatient!), and then they need another few hours to chill after putting together, for the best flavor.  We ate one the same night we made them and it was decent, but the next day it was epic.  Make-ahead is better in this case.

Ingredients

Sponge Cake:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 5 tbsp. coconut sugar, divided
  • 1 pinch salt (about 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 pinch baking soda (about 1/8 tsp)
  • 2/3 cup arrowroot powder

Filling:

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 tbsp. coconut sugar, divided
  • 16 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 oz. coffee (I used a can of cold brew)
  • Cocoa powder

Sponge Cake

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350.  Separate your eggs, placing the whites in a medium bowl, and the yolks in a larger bowl. Make sure no yolk gets in the whites, or they won’t whip properly!

Step 2: Start whipping your egg whites with a hand or stand mixer, until they begin to get foamy.  Add 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar, and continue whipping until they are shiny and form soft peaks.  Set aside.

Step 3: Add the remaining coconut sugar (for the “cake” part) to the egg yolks.  Begin beating these with a hand mixer until thick and lighter in color.

Step 4: In a third small bowl, sift the arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda together.

Step 5: Slowly add the arrowroot mix to the egg yolk mix, stirring gently but well.  It will get thick and sticky.

Step 6: Add the egg whites to the egg yolk mix in batches, folding and mixing carefully.  Incorporate it without deflating the egg whites.  It takes a bit of work at first to get them into the stickiness, but by the end it should be easier.

Step 7: Fill 8 8-oz. mason jars about 1/4 full with batter (ungreased).

Step 8: Transfer mason jars to a baking tray (to make them easier to place in the oven), and put tray in the oven.  Bake for 20 – 25 min, or until golden brown.

Filling

Step 9: While the cakes are baking, make the filling.  Put the egg yolks in a clean bowl, and save the whites for another time.  (I’ll be using mine to make Strawberry Yum-Yum…)

Step 10: Add 3 tbsp. coconut sugar to the yolks and whip until pale and thick.

Step 11: Add the remaining coconut sugar to the whipping cream, and whip until soft peaks form.

Step 12: Add the mascarpone cheese to the whipped cream, along with vanilla, and mix well.  It may look a bit grainy and thick, that’s okay.

Step 13: Now…if you’re worried about raw eggs, you can do what I did.  Place the egg yolk bowl over a pot of water on medium-high heat.  As the water bubbles lightly, whip the egg yolks constantly until they are warm and slightly cooked (but not scrambled — that’s why you need to whip constantly!).  This kills any possible bacteria.  Plunge the bowl into a sink with a couple of inches of cold water and keep whipping to rapidly cool the eggs.  You can skip this step if you want.

Step 14: Mix the egg yolks into the whipped cream mix, folding until it’s all incorporated and smooth.

Assembly

Step 15: When the cakes are completely cool, add 1 tbsp. coffee and swirl around so it soaks in.  You can poke small holes with a toothpick if it’s not absorbing easily.

Step 16: Scoop the cream filling on top of the cakes, until just below the rim.

Step 17: Dust with cocoa powder.

Step 18: Place lids on the jars and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

This one has a lot of steps…but it’s really not that complicated.  I promise!  And it’s worth it, and that’s way more important.

If you make this, share your experience and a photo, and tag me on Instagram, @modernamama!

Tiramisu

Ingredients

Sponge Cake:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 5 Tbsp coconut sugar, divided
  • 1 pinch salt (about 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 pinch baking soda (about 1/8 tsp)
  • 2/3 cup arrowroot powder

Filling:

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 Tbsp coconut sugar, divided
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 oz coffee (I used a can of cold brew)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting

Instructions

Sponge Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Separate your eggs, placing the whites in a medium bowl, and the yolks in a larger bowl. Make sure no yolk gets in the whites, or they won't whip properly.
  • Start whipping your egg whites with a hand or stand mixer, until they begin to get foamy. Add 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar, and continue whipping until they are shiny and form soft peaks. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining coconut sugar (for the "cake" part) to the egg yolks.  Begin beating these with a hand mixer until thick and lighter in color.
  • In a third small bowl, sift the arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda together.
  • Slowly add the arrowroot mix to the egg yolk mix, stirring gently but well. It will get thick and sticky.
  • Add the egg whites to the egg yolk mix in batches, folding and mixing carefully. Incorporate it without deflating the egg whites.
  • Fill 8 8-oz. mason jars about 1/4 full with batter (ungreased).
  • Transfer mason jars to a baking tray and bake for 20 - 25 min, or until golden brown.

Filling:

  • While the cakes are baking, make the filling. Put the egg yolks in a clean bowl, and save the whites for another time.
  • Add 3 tbsp. coconut sugar to the yolks and whip until pale and thick.
  • Add the remaining coconut sugar to the whipping cream, and whip until soft peaks form.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese to the whipped cream, along with vanilla, and mix well. It may look a bit grainy and thick, that's okay.
  • Mix the egg yolks into the whipped cream mix, folding until it's all incorporated and smooth. (See note* about raw eggs below)

Assembly:

  • When the cakes are completely cool, add 1 tbsp. coffee and swirl around so it soaks in. You can poke small holes with a toothpick if it's not absorbing easily.
  • Scoop the cream filling on top of the cakes, until just below the rim.
  • Dust with cocoa powder.
  • Place lids on the jars and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

*If you're worried about raw eggs, you can do what I did. Place the egg yolk bowl over a pot of water on medium-high heat. As the water bubbles lightly, whip the egg yolks constantly until they are warm and slightly cooked (but not scrambled -- that's why you need to whip constantly!). This kills any possible bacteria. Plunge the bowl into a sink with a couple of inches of cold water and keep whipping to rapidly cool the eggs. You can skip this step if you want.

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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