Wednesday, July 30, 2008

HHDD #21: Ice Cream Tiramisu

Hello! Ever had one of those times when you have a fantastic weekend filled to bursting with just the right combination of good food, great friends, naps, spots of reading, and word-game hilarity, after which you pat yourself on the back for a weekend well done? Then only to find yourself thrust into a hectic work-week which you should have known was coming yet catches you by surprise that before you know it it’s the middle of the week and you have missed the deadline of your favourite blog event? Anyone?

If this sounds familiar to you, or even similar to your current situation, (and heaven knows no one is a stranger to busy-ness) this is the recipe for you. If you have sudden guests after a long day of going through 500 company analyses, this is the recipe for you. If you like tiramisu but only have 2 spare minutes to make some, then pull up a chair my friend, because this is the recipe for you.

And in case you are thinking that this is a sneaky shortcut cobbled together to make it to this round of HHDD, I’ll have you know that this recipe comes from Miss Donna herself :)

Ice Cream Tiramisu
Instant Entertaining by Donna Hay)
  • 2 tablespoons espresso coffee
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur
  • 8 small ladyfingers (savoiardi biscuits)
  • 4 large (or 8 small) scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate flakes to serve

- Combine the espresso and the liqueur.
- Place 2 ladyfingers on a serving plate, spoon over some of the espresso mixture, and top with ice cream. Spoon over remaining espresso mixture.
- Top with chocolate flakes and serve. Serves 4.

You can really make this in just two minutes and it’s easy to control the portion size and number of servings. The quantities above should just be used as a rough guide...let your own taste and tummy decide on the size of each serving. If you don’t have any liqueur (as I didn’t) just increase the amount of espresso and sweeten with a bit of sugar. This has the essence and flavour of a tiramisu with a fraction of the effort, which is not to say that you should replace a traditional tiramisu with this. I wouldn’t even suggest it. But when you have to produce a dessert in a hurry, I’m sure your guests will be duly impressed when you come trotting out of the kitchen with these prettily plated desserts in tow :)

It’s two days after the deadline of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day but our gracious host Alexandra of Addicted Sweet Tooth has generously let me send my entry in. Thank you Alexandra for leaving the door open and for hosting this round of HHDD: Tiramisu! Hay Hay It’s Donna Day is a food blog event celebrating Donna Hay’s special yet simple dishes (I love Donna!) and was created by Barbara of Winos and Foodies, and is now under the expert care of Bron of


Manggy said...

Would you believe I also made a Tiramisu without knowing that it was this month's HHDD? :D I was debating whether I would post that or my entry to Weekend Wokking, but the host of the latter is my friend so I went with that. Ugh, let's not even get into my coffee woes. I was a depressing affair, my insipid coffee.

Your version (er, Donna's) still looks really good and perfect for all those suffering in the heat! If you've money to burn you can also make mascarpone ice cream ;) I know that Starbucks produced a line of coffee liqueurs in the States but I don't know if they sell them here.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That version of Tiramis├╣ is wonderful and ever so refreshing! Gotta love it!



Jen Tan said...

hey Joey!!! i love this--quick and easy dessert that I AM sure tastes absolutely great!!! =D

Dhanggit said...

what a gorgeous entry for HHDD!! i was planning to do a tiramisu ice-cream too!! better drop my idea LOL!! btw i came here for your DB challenge :-)

Sweet Tooth said...

One can count on Donna to make a busy life easier, right?

I love this version, even more because we have a gorgeously warm July this year so ice cream (which I can also eat while freezing my fingers off) is perfect!

Thanks for your entry (can there be too much Tiramisu?),


sherra said...

Same here, I always come late at Ruth Daniel's Presto Pasta Night. But as the old and infamous adage keep on saying, "better late than never". And when it comes to good food, it's always worthy to share. :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Aw! What happened to your coffee??? I am definitely suffering from the heat! I don’t give a hoohah if it’s been raining...small flat + big city = HOT. If I had money to burn? You mean if I had an ice cream maker to use! So for now I’ll have to settle for this...or mascarpone and a spoon ;) With a dash of Tanduay ;)

Hi Rosa! Thanks! :)

Hi Jen! It really does...stays true to the general flavours of the tiramisu :)

Hi Dhanggit! You can still do it...I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous and I’ll bookmark it anyway :) Ah! The DB challenge I missed...bad me!

Hi Alexandra! Thanks for hosting! Yes, this would definitely work wonders in the me, I know :)

Hi Sherra! Better late than never...I agree :) I’ll eat late food as soon as early food, heehee :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Joey, this is a lovely dessert! It looks so delicate and elegant, sweetie!

Maven said...

Nice! I'm always looking for easy dessert recipes. This one's a keeper - thanks for sharing it.

Valentina said...

For a second I thought that I was looking at myself in the mirror, and reading my own thoughts.; o ) this is just my type of recipe: practical, and a little lovely twist on a classic.

Tartelette said...

Looks fantastic Joey! Great take on the theme!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Patricia! :)

Hi Maven! You are most is suuuper easy ;)

Hi Valentina! Always nice to find something in common! And very practical for busy days :)

Thanks Helene! And I love that it’s still Donna’s recipe...I’m a dork I know!

Anh said...

Jo, can you pls send some over for me? :D

hannah said...

hey joey! i've been reading your blog for a while and i love everything about it! cheers on your newest creation!

Barbara said...

Love it Joey.

coffeepot said...

Yum I love something so easy after a hard day.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Nah, I've never had one of those weeks. ;)

This is perfect, Joey. Thanks.

Jerry said...

Mouth drops! Oh I'd eat it all!

ester said...

your posts are always so interesting.... thank you for sharing!!!!

*fanny* said...

Ok so this is totally gorgeous and would pretty much love to eat a couple of scoops of this ice cream right now.


Helen said...

This is genius! It looks so cute too - almost cuter than a full on tiramisu!

Isa said...

What a fun new way to eat tiramisu! It looks beautiful and I bet it tastes pretty damn good too!

Suzana said...

Joey, that ice-cream looks awesome (specially with almost 40┬║C...), and I could have a plate right away! Great entry!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anh! Sure! And I’ll send an extra serving for Q too :)

Hi Hannah! Thanks for your nice comment :) I’m happy to know you are enjoying my blog!

Thanks Barbara! :)

Hi Coffeepot! I agree!

Hi Susan! Haha ;) Well, it’s good at any time :)

Hi Jerry! Heehee...that’s what I did!

Hi Ester! And thank you for always coming back and enjoying them :)

Hi Fanny! Thank you :)

Hi Helen! I love this quick tiramisu from Donna...perfect for sudden guests!

Hi Isa! Tastes good too yes...get the best vanilla ice cream you can find and use good coffee :)

Hi Suzana! It’s actually started raining here...our rainy/wet season was so delayed! Rainy or not, it never gets cold here so ice cream is always welcome :)

Bron said...

Feeling a little chilly here for icecream Joey, however I've noted it for when the weather improves. Looks perfect for a summery evening!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bron! It's turning cooler here already (rains are coming...4 more typhoons expected in August!) but cooler here and cooler where you are I think is quite different :) Either way we can enjoy our tiramisu!

Bordeaux said...

Man I am terrible. I have not read any blogs in weeks and missed the HHDD, or has it been two. Taiwan made me lose track of time. Tiramisu ice-cream? I wonder how much flights are to Manilla... when are you opening a cafe?

galleryfang said...
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galleryfang said...

Wow..thanks for the entry. I love this ice cream tiramisu :)

Kate / Kajal said...

i'm so loving the thought of this. Why didnt i ever eet it this way before. Its the weekend, and i'm going to indulge in this fantastic ice cream tiramisu for sure. Thanks !!!!

Deborah Dowd said...

This looks incredible-just the thing when you are craving tiramisu but don't have a lot of time. And what a great company dessert without a lot of fuss!

Expatriate Chef said...

It's lovely. Given my affection for ice cream, this could be even better than the actual tiramisu!

nysdelight said...

I do that as well! Nice Shot!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bordeaux! I’m sure Taiwan is a whirl of excitement! Don’t worry about missing a few blog events ;) I don’t think I have the stomach to open even a two-seat cafe...hehe! But I can always feed people for free!

Hi Galleryfang! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Hi Kate! Hope you like it! It’s especially great if the weather is hot (which it is most of the time over here) :)

Hi Deborah! Yes – it really only takes a couple of minutes to whip it up!

Hello Expatriate Chef! Haha! Could be ;)

Thanks Nysdelight! :)

caryn said...

oh man, bad choice to start reading this so close to lunchtime. heehee. i am getting really ravenous!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Caryn! Heehee...I know what you mean about visiting food blogs hungry...always a challenge! :)

donkey and the carrot said...

Loved it. I am gonna post it forward!!!