Tiramisu Trifles

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Kevin and I celebrated on the weekend by going to see Gnomeo and Juliet! I highly recommend it, if you were wondering. I have never seen a movie with so many puns before, and I laughed at every single one of them. I think you would be hard pressed to find someone else who loves puns and tiny, cute cartoon lawn ornaments as much as I do. Also, check out the gift that my boyfriend (who was not supposed to get me anything!!!) got me:

No, you’re not hallucinating: he got me roses and a Bruce Willis movie. That is probably the best Valentine’s Day gift I have ever gotten. I don’t know how he’s going to top it next year…unless he gets me Bruce Willis holding roses.

Anyways, I am a jerk and did not get my boyfriend anything. I did make these trifles, though! Tiramisu is one of my all time favourite desserts, and I have never made it. I don’t think I have ever had a bad tiramisu at a restaurant, and I think it is one of those things that looks really gorgeous and difficult, but it’s super easy to make. I went with the trifles instead of traditional tiramisu for a couple of reasons. The first and foremost being that I am stingy, and the ingredients for this recipe were just a lot cheaper, and the second being that it makes a lot less than a full tiramisu.

Before you get excited and make these, I have to warn you that I had the most difficult time finding the ingredients for this. I do not know what is wrong with San Antonio, but there is not a ladyfinger to be found in the whole freaking city. I went to HEB, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, Central Market, and even a random bakery! Most people I asked looked at me like I was some sort of serial killer who collects ladies’ fingers. I was about ready to rip my hair out when I decided to just buy an angel food cake and cut it up. Whatever, close enough. It’s not traditional, but it tastes good. The other thing that I had a really hard time finding was Marsala wine. The recipe I was originally going to go with was from a Cuisine at Home magazine, and it called for Marsala wine and was just all-around much more complicated (but probably would have been worth it had I found everything). I was on my search for Marsala wine when I just decided to buy some coffee liqueur and call it a day. It was a good decision. This is a simple, straight forward Sandra Lee recipe, and it is delicious!

Tiramisu Trifles
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp instant coffee (this isn’t in the recipe, I just added it)
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (7 oz) pkg ladyfingers
1 cup strong black coffee (I used 1/2 cup coffee and 1/2 cup coffee liqueur)
1 tsp cocoa powder
4 wine glasses

In a chilled bowl combine 3/4 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar. I added about 1 tsp instant coffee to this as well. Whip with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, vanilla, and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.

Reserve 4 ladyfingers for garnish. Using 1 ladyfinger at a time, snap or cut in half, then dip it quickly into the coffee, and drop it into the bottom of a wine glass. I cut back on the coffee and added 1/2 cup of coffee liqueur for the dipping. Repeat with the other 3 glasses. Put a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers in each glass. Do another layer of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, another of the cream cheese mixture, then one more layer of ladyfingers. Top with remaining filling and dollop with the whipped cream. Break the reserved 4 ladyfingers in half and insert 2 halves into the top of each glass.

Put the cocoa powder into a small sieve and tap it gently over each glass to dust the tops. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. I did not put the ladyfingers or the cocoa powder on top for my garnish. I just grated some bittersweet chocolate over the top.

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