I think I have a love affair with Tiramisu. Whether I am browsing through cookbooks, magazines or wandering through cafes, Tiramisu often enraptures me with its grandeur and look. Each layer shouts of decadence, deliciousness and elite-ness! It often inspires me to go back to my kitchen and create that beautiful dessert. And then the complexity of things and my laziness brings all that inspiration to a pause.
Nevertheless this time I garnered all the courage to make something simpler but definitely packed with all the goodness of Tiramisu and hence came the existence of these Tiramisu Truffles – a flavorful melange of awesomeness – Coffee, Rum and Chocolate! For a coffee lover in me, this dessert in by far the easiest and my most favorite one.
The creamy mascarpone with perfectly sweetened lady finger sponge crumbs, the bitterness from the coffee and the spike from the rum – all blend in beautifully to make this delicious little truffles. Make these little treat bombs for yourself, store in the freezer and enjoy because you truly deserve every bit of it.
INGREDIENTS: (Make around 18 truffles)
- 24 lady finger sponge
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 2 tbsp Baileys
- 3 tbsp rum (you can choose to add more if you like)
- 1 tsp coffee powder
- 2 tsp water, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet or dark chocolate, chopped roughly
- 1 tbsp coffee granules , for garnishing
- Take all the lady finger sponge and crush it to fine crumbs in a food processor. Once done keep aside 1/1 2 tbsp of this mixture in a separate container. To the remaining mixture add granulated white sugar and whisk it.
- In a bowl mix together coffee powder and water and stir it until the coffee granules is completely dissolved.
- Now take the mascarpone cheese in a bowl and whisk it for 30 – 40 seconds. To this mixture add baileys, dissolved coffee mixture and fold it gently using a spatula.
- Add the sponge and sugar mixture and fold it gently. Lastly add the rum to this mixture and fold it gently until completely incorporated.
- Make sure the texture of the mixture is not very gooey. It should be like a chocolate cookie dough. Put it in a container, cover it and put it in the fridge to harden a bit for 30 – 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate chunks. Once melted keep aside for the mixture to come to room temperature.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Now take the mixture out and form balls of equal size (as shown in the picture) and place it on the parchment paper with some distance between the 2 balls.
- Put it back in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes. Take it out and dip these balls into the melted chocolate mixture one by one and then place it on the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the chocolate coated balls with the fine crumbs you had kept aside in the first step or with coffee granules.
- Keep the mixture again the freezer for 10 minutes before enjoying it. To store the remaining, transfer it to a container and store it in the freezer until you want to consume.