I’m not joking when I tell you that this is one of the best tiramisus I have ever tasted, vegan or not. This rocks, and you will enjoy it ! The texture is sublime, the flavours are to die for, and this one has two layers of sponged biscuits for your pleasure. So here it is, the best vegan Tiramisu !
NOTE : You are going to need a small diameter baking tin or bowl (mine was a 4” deep, 5” wide springform panettone pan, purchased locally) – if you’re unable to source a similar pan, you could use a similar sized oven dish or serving dish, for example a glass trifle dish or a small souffle dish. Because it’s a non-bake dessert, you can then serve it from the dish itself.
INGREDIENTS FOR LAYERS 1 & 3 (these quantities for each layer)
16 Rich Tea finger biscuits (80g) – Marks & Spencer are vegan in the UK, or else use other vegan alternative
Liquid Ingredients :
1½ tsp instant coffee
3½ fl oz (100 mL) boiling water
2 Tbsp (30 mL) cognac (I used Hennessy which is vegan)
Make this into a coffee, as if you were going to drink it, and set aside.
Pour the liquid into a wide bowl, soak each biscuit on both sides, and place on the base of the springform pan – you may need to use a spatula to do this. Be careful not to over-indulge it in the liquid – you may have some left, depending on the size of your pan. Do this carefully until you have completely covered the base, overlapping the biscuits so there are no gaps. Then even out the layer using the back of a teaspoon. Alternatively, for the first layer, you could place the biscuits in the springform pan first, then pour in the liquid – however, for the third layer, this won’t be possible, as the liquid would seep into the chocolate filling below.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE FILLING (LAYER 2)
2 Tbsp cognac
- Place the tofu and the remaining ingredients in a food processor, and process until very thick and creamy. Then spoon this on to the coffee biscuit base – don’t apply pressure as it’s all very delicate – and again even out with the back of a teaspoon.
- Place in the freezer for a half hour before attempting the 3rd layer. Layer 3 is identical to the 1st layer, so repeat it here and gently flatten with a back of a teaspoon.
‘MASCARPONE CHEESE’ VANILLA (LAYER 4)
200g (7 oz) raw cashew nuts, pre-soaked – or if using a high speed blender just rinse before processing
½ cup (125 mL) cold water
- Place the mascarpone ingredients (not the thickener ingredients yet) in a high speed food processor (Vitamix is the ultimate kitchen investment I made – available from these links in the US or UK), and process until totally smooth – this may take some minutes, so be patient. You will probably have to scrape down the edges of the processor jug with a plastic spatula half way through, and process again.
- Add the thickener to this mixture, and process for a further minute.
- The mixture should be ready for pouring, but first bring out the base ingredients from your fridge.
- Now carefully spoon the cashew cream mixture from your blender on to the 3rd biscuit layer, and once again even out with the back of a spoon.
- Place in the freezer for 1 hour, then in the fridge overnight.
- Dust with cocoa powder before serving, and . . . . Indulge !
All recipes and content © Miriam Sorrell www.mouthwateringvegan.com 2010