Bananamisu

bananamisu

This recipe is basically my tiramisu recipe with a little twist 😉 . I replaced the cream cheese with banana puree. Why banana? Because in my opinion, banana puree has, more or less, same consistency with cream cheese (and simply because I am so bored baking banana muffins when I have ripe bananas around 😀 ). And what goes together better than banana and chocolate? That’s why I substituted the coffee mixture with chocolate mixture for the lady fingers’ dipping. I call this as “Bananamisu”. It’s an abbreviation from Banana-Tiramisu anyway 😀

Try using very ripe bananas because this is a “no-bake” recipe, so you want the sweetness of ripe bananas in your Bananamisu.

Ingredients

For Bananamisu:

–       250 gr mascarpone cheese

–       250 gr very ripe bananas (It’s about 2 to 3 bananas)

–       250 ml whipping cream/double cream

–       ¼ cup icing sugar, or to taste (It depends on how sweet your banana is)

–       ½ tsp vanilla extract

–       28 pcs lady finger biscuits

–       unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

For Chocolate Mixture (for dipping):

–       4 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

–       4 tbsp of icing sugar

–       2/3 cup of boiling water

–       2 tsp rum essence (optional)

How to Make

  1. Whip the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Refrigerate the whipped cream while preparing the next step.
  2. In a separate bowl, lightly mash the bananas with ¼ cup icing sugar to make banana puree.
  3. Mix well the mascarpone, whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Add the banana puree and mix until smooth and well combined.
  4. Mix 4 tbsp cocoa powder, 4 tbsp icing sugar, rum essence (is using) and boiling water in a separate bowl until cocoa has dissolved.
  5. Dip both sides of the lady fingers into chocolate mixture. Remove the lady fingers quickly (as they get soften really quick) and arrange the soaked lady fingers in bottom of your prepared dish.
  6. Spread enough amount of cheese and banana mixture to cover the lady fingers.
  7. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers depends on how big your dish is. Just remember that you have to have the cheese and banana mixture on top of your layer.
  8. Dust the top layer (cheese and banana mixture) with cocoa powder.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 8-10 hours to let the flavors blend.

Note

This bananamisu won’t last long though you keep it in a fridge, because it contains “no-bake” fresh banana puree.

White Chocolate Strawberry Tiramisu

strawberry tiramisuMy son had his 2nd birthday last September. Oh how fast time flies, how fast he grows. For me, he is forever a baby 😀 He had already entered preschool since last August, so it was his first birthday bash at school. I wanted something personal to be the goodie bags, something sweet like..cakes! (well, the only thing I can do is baking of course, I am no good at crafting or whatsoever :D)

At first I wanted to make cute, personalised cupcakes, but it would take so much time (for me). Since I started to work again, it was not an option to make fancy cupcakes for the goodie bags. So I decided to make cake in a jar.. and the next question was.. what kind of cake? I thought my tiramisu would be easy to be made (since it requires no baking!), but hey.. not every parents would let their kids to eat cakes using coffee as one of the ingredients. That’s why I came up with this recipe. It used the same amount of lady fingers, mascarpone, cream cheese, and whipped cream, but I substituted coffee with homemade strawberry juice and also used sliced strawberries within layers. I also used melted white chocolate to give the cake “extra” flavour (in the other hand, I cut down the amount of sugar :)). My mom called this cake as a “strawberry cheesecake” because it tasted like one. But I prefer to call it “tiramisu” because it contains lady fingers and mascarpone cheese. Well, you may call it whatever you like 😀

Ingredients

–       200 ml strawberry juice (I prefer homemade strawberry juice since it is so easy to be made. You just need to chop 250-300 gr strawberries, blend them with small amount of water until smooth. Pour the strawberry juice into a pan and heat until it starts bubbling. Put enough sugar and water to juice as you like.)

–       250 gr strawberries, thinly sliced

–       250 gr mascarpone cheese

–       125 gr cream cheese

–       250 ml whipping cream/double cream

–       125 gr white chocolate, melted, room temperature

–       4 tbsp castor sugar

–       2 tsp vanilla extract

–       28 pcs lady finger biscuits

–       sliced almonds (optional), roast them in moderate oven to give extra flavor and “crunch”

How to Make

  1. Whip the whipping cream with sugar and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks (I prefer to make it “stiff” because it will be mixed with “runny” melted white chocolate). Refrigerate the whipped cream while preparing the next step.
  2. In another bowl, mix well the mascarpone and cream cheese.
  3. Mix together the cheese mixture, whipped cream, and melted white chocolate until well combined.
  4. Dip both sides of the lady fingers into strawberry juice. Remove the lady fingers quickly (as they get soften really quick) and arrange the soaked lady fingers in bottom of your prepared dish.
  5. Spread enough amount of cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers.
  6. Arrange sliced strawberries to cover the cheese layer.
  7. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers depends on how big your dish is. Just remember that you have to have the cheese mixture on top of your layer.
  8. Sprinkle the top layer (cheese mixture) with sliced almonds (if using), or you can decorate the cake with sliced strawberries (just like I did in the photo).
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 8-10 hours to let the flavors blend.
the goodie bags

the goodie bags

No-bake, No-egg, No-alcohol Tiramisu

Who doesn’t love tiramisu? This sweet treat is my family favorite, including my 2 year-old son. Considering the ingredients of shop-bought tiramisu (raw eggs and rum), which are not very suitable for little kid, I tried to make it myself using no eggs and no alcohol. Turns out this is the easiest way to make tiramisu since it requires no baking whatsoever 😀

If you find that using coffee in tiramisu is too “strong” for your kids, simply substitute it with chocolate milk. I will put my little note in each ingredient if you want to make it “more” kid-friendly :D.

 

Ingredients

–       200 ml strong brewed coffee/espresso, room temperature (If I make the  tiramisu for my kid, I substitute the coffee with 200 ml of chocolate milk.)

–       2 tsp rum essence (I don’t use any alcohol in this recipe, but sometimes I want the “flavor” of rum, so I use essence instead. If I make the tiramisu for my kid, I’ll skip this ingredient.)

–       250 gr mascarpone cheese

–       125 gr cream cheese (I like to combine mascarpone and cream cheese because I like the tangy taste of cream cheese. Mascarpone is quite bland for me.)

–       250 ml  whipping cream/double cream

–       8 tbsp castor sugar

–       28 pcs lady finger biscuits

–       cocoa powder

 

How to Make

  1. Whip the whipping cream with sugar until it forms soft peaks. Refrigerate the whipped cream while preparing the next step.
  2. In another bowl, mix well the mascarpone and cream cheese.
  3. Mix together the cheese mixture and whipped cream until well combined.
  4. Add the rum essence (if using) into espresso, mix well.
  5. Dip both sides of the lady fingers into coffee mixture. Remove the lady fingers quickly (as they get soften really quick) and arrange the soaked lady fingers in bottom of your prepared dish.
  6. Spread enough amount of cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers.
  7. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers depends on how big your dish is. Just remember that you have to have the cheese mixture on top of your layer.
  8. Dust the top layer (cheese mixture) with cocoa powder.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 8-10 hours to let the flavors blend into that classic tiramisu taste you know and crave.  Don’t eat it right away, because you’re going to be disappointed.  Give it time to make the magic happen!