Thursday, March 15, 2012


Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert.  To eat, that is.  I'll order it anytime it's on the menu when we're ordering dessert.

I don't especially love making it.  Mostly because it's a little labor intensive and takes a while to put together.  And while normally I'm not compelled by instant gratification, when it comes to tiramisu I just don't want to wait.  I inevitably end up taking one fingerful after another of the sweetened mascarpone while putting it together.  Or snacking on my dipped lady fingers.

So when I came upon this "instant tiramisu" recipe from local favorite Sam the Cooking Guy, I knew it was going to become my new favorite quick weeknight sweet.

Instead of messing with separating eggs, beating them, blending them in with the cheese and sugar, the recipe simplifies the process - just mascarpone, cream, and sugar.

Instead of dipping lady fingers in espresso and marsala, doughnuts are dipped in kahlua.  The original recipe calls for mini powdered sugar doughnuts, but I wanted more than a bite, so used regular size doughnuts.  We did try it with powdered sugar doughnuts and neither of us was impressed.  I much prefer the simpler old fashioned doughnuts for this dessert.

My tiramisu recipe requires almost 12 hours of refrigeration.  This requires just one.  And between you and I, it works just as well with no refrigeration at all.  Which makes this is a very dangerous dessert.  It comes together in minutes.  Which means any time you get a tiramisu craving, all you have to do is pick up some cheese and a doughnut.  We are all in trouble.  Consider yourself warned.

Doughnutmisu (from Sam the Cooking Guy)
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 doughnuts, sliced in half
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
1/4 cup Kahlua
Cocoa powder

  1. Blend cheese, powdered sugar and cream until smooth,
  2. Put 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup on each dessert plate.
  3. Dip cut side of each doughnut in Kahlua.
  4. On top of chocolate, place 1 doughnut half.
  5. Top doughnut half with a tablespoon of the mascarpone,
  6. Repeat with second doughnut half, and mascarpone.
  7. Dust with cocoa powder.
  8. Refrigerate one hour before serving.


  1. How wicked, can you get? This is wonderful. Saving time is big on my list and as much as I love to bake, there are times, I need a quick dessert that is good. Thanks for giving it to me.

  2. Oh man, I have tiramisu cravings every DAY. This is not good. (SO GOOD.)

  3. Easy desserts may just be the most dangerous things ever . . .

  4. Genius!!! That is lovely-- I always thought tiramisu is pretty labor-intensive, so I love this instant version!

  5. Oh my goodness, this looks SO amazing!!