Tiramsu–sometimes called "heaven in your mouth"–is a refreshing Italian dessert that's as much fun to make as it is to say: tih-ruh-mee-SOO. The raspberry version in this recipe is easy enough to make with the kids. I modified the original recipe by Dorie Greenspan and added family-friendly cooking tips so the kids can help you make this layered treat recipe. (Note: This is a no-fuss recipe, don't worry if you can't find fresh raspberries for the top layer–just use slightly thawed frozen berries.)
Kid-friendly directions below.
- 12 oz. frozen raspberries, thawed
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 oz. (2-inch-thick slice) pound cake
- 1/4 cup mascarpone (an Italian triple cream cheese)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, lightly whipped
- 1/2 pint fresh raspberries--or you can substitute slightly thawed frozen berries
Now all I need to do is decide what to serve the desert in... Wine glasses? Martini glasses? Or just some pretty glass bowls?
Now comes the fun part!
- In a blender, puree frozen berries with 1/2 the sugar (that's half of the 1/4 cup in the ingredient's list).
- Slice the cake into cubes approximately 1/2. (This activity involves sharp knives, so have an adult do the slicing.)
- Divide cake cubes among 4 small bowls (or use lowball, wine, or martini glasses)
- Pour equal amounts of puree over bowls of cake cubes.
- Use a wooden spoon to blend in a mixing bowl the mascarpone with the vanilla extract and remaining sugar. Gently fold in the whipped cream into the mascarpone mix.
- Add a scoop of this mascarpone mixture into each serving bowl and top with fresh berries and serve immediately (or chill for up to 4 hours)
(Tiramisu image features a photo by Bloggyboulga with additional photo editing by me using Instagram)