Monday, March 23, 2009


Tiramisu originated in Venice. Literally translated, it means, 'pick-me- up' or 'pull-me-up' in reference to the espresso and liqueur.

It has been a very popular Italian dessert that has been adapted into cakes, puddings and other varieties of dessert easily available in most cafe bars, restaurants and bakeries.

However, did you know that in the original recipe, there was no liquor in the cake as it was originally made for children and even with the elderly in mind and the original shape was round. This is a very easy to go down dessert and not something too heavy which is welcoming for difficult eaters (children) and days when the appetite is down, recuperating or in convalescence .

Mascarpone is used in the recipe. . It is an Italian soft cream cheese from cow's milk that has a rich, silky texture giving it a creamy delicious flavour.

Very simple ingredients, savoirdi biscuits, eggs, sugar, mascarpone and cocoa. Add in dark rum/Kahlua, and strong black coffee.

The method is pretty much the same with any kind of Tiramisu. A quick google will land you on many similar recipes and method with little variation.

Ingredients used for Tiramisu

225 g/ 1 cup Mascarpone
1 egg, separated
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
2 tbsp of superfine sugar/castor
2 tbsp dark rum/Kahlua
2 tbsp strong black coffee
8 sponge fingers
2 tbsp grated dark chocolate/bitter (your preference)

Ingredients used for Mango Turnover

a largo mango, finely chopped
1/4 cup flaked almonds
a large pinch of cinnamon
2 tbsp of castor sugar
2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry
8 teaspoons custard(filling)
1 egg, lightly beaten with a little milk (for brushing on edges and over pastry)
sprinkle a little sugar on top
to serve with mango ice-cream, if desired.

note: you can use a fork to press the edges for a neater end.





Patti Cakes said...

Oh my my! I can taste those mango turnovers now. I may have to make this for John when he gets home.
Yummy hugs!

Happy To Be said...

Hey Silver thanks so much for coming by girl...sorry it took so long to get back to you..another fun day up here on my mountain top..lets see Yesterday was outside taking pics of my daffs in driveway and it statred to rain..ok no big deal..then this morning I have snow!! and No power just got it back at needless to say I just got back I have to play catch up again..any hoo thanks again girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Leigh of said...

YUMMY! I would love some of the tiramisu!

SILVER said...

Pat- ah..what a lucky man John is!

Gloria- playing catch up .. i know how that is.. no worries! sweet to "catch up" once again, dear!

Leigh- he he.. you can forget any diet if you're planning on one. Evil, evil!!

June Saville said...

June in Oz

Loretta said...

Oh Silver these recipies are perfect, one for me (tiramisu) and one for hubby (turnovers). I love the rich creamy types of desserts while he loves anything with fruit! Yum!

Cezar and Léia said...

What a wonderful blog you have here!This post is delicious!But I must think about my diet now!Please! :-)
Congratulations! Certainly I will return to read more and learn with you!
By the way, many thanks for your comment in our Secret Garden Photos!It is about our first and second honeymoon!Many pictures indeed!
Have a nice week!
Léia :-)

SILVER said...

June- that's a mighty looooooong sniff there...

Loretta- aawww.. reminds me of the Coffee advert about a perfect combination of Coffee and Creamer! I'm sure you are both a perfect couple!

Cezar and Leia- ah..another beautiful couple! i just love to see so much love ..

brattcat said...

Yummmmmm! Thanks for your visit to Brattcat. Now I'm very, very hungry.

imac said...

Now that sounds mouth watering.
Sorry to hear about your spammer, - I think we all go thru a spat of this from time to time.It is disturbing when it happens to us the 1st time, you did right, take no notice of these *** peeps.

Thanks for your visit and very kind comments. Have been away to Derbyshire for the weekend - so pop in soon to see the pics from there.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Those turnovers look delicious!!! I have never made anything like them, always thought they were too hard, but your recipe looks very easy!!! Thanks for sharing!

BECKY said...

Wow...this sounds absolutely wonderful, Silver!! I have never even tasted marscapone but sure would like to!! My DH would love these!! You pics are so good!!

Have a great week!!

Jeannie said...

Thank you for the very sweet note that you left at my blog. It truly means a lot to me to know that people care.

P.S. I am SOLD on this recipe and will try it out when I have some free time. My husband loves Tiramisu and I really adore both Mangoes and Mascarpone.

SILVER said...

brattcat- meow, back..:)

imac- looking forward to it!

Walking on Sunshine- don't worry too much about accuracy. Like my mom used to said, "Cooking is about Love, not mathematical prowess"

You can always improve on any exisisting recipes according to your own/loved ones' taste preferences :) and methods are usually pretty much the same under the baking section-

Becky- i hope mascarpone is easily available where you are?

Jeannie- i think Tiramisu sounds like just the treat your loving husband needs for his convalencence..

skoots1mom said...

thanks for the recipes...can't wait to try them with my galpals...they will especially love the tiramisu!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an assortment and variety of foods on your blog. Your passion for cooking and baking shows. I love your presentations in your photos too.

laughingwolf said...

wow! super recipes, sil... gonna make me some :O lol

BECKY said...

Thanks for checking on me Silver!! I went to the doc this morning, and have to have a CT scan. I either have appendicitis or diverticulitis. Fun, huh? If it's the latter, it's my own fault for not eating the way I know I'm suppose to. Lesson learned...from now on it's back to LOADS of veggies and salads!!

Hugs and blessings friend!!

SILVER said...

skoots1mom- yeah- it's going to be a winner, this one! They'll vote you "GIRLFRIEND OF THE YEAR!"

Natural Moments- well, i'm a Cantonese. Haven't you heard? Cantonese are the best cooks in the World! ;) (But i just present well- i don't do both equally well unfortunately.)

laughingwolf- for you my Cherokee partner, anytime!

BECKY!!- CT scan? I have to love you that you can still maintain your humour at this time. YOU better just kick up your feet and REST, missy and don't get too funny with your doc's Orders and meds!!

Patti Cakes said...

I'm in bed again today. Taking it easy.


laughingwolf said...

ooooo can't wait, drooling all over the keybored now :O lol

So blessed! said...

YUMMO! Could you just whip that up and then send it my way. I'm not too good in the kitchen. That looks too complicated for me. LOL...

I do love Mangos!

Love visiting your blog. You are a jewel.

SILVER said...

Patti Cakes-
that's totally cool before you're all charged up to wreak more trouble around with the girls with your new found hobby !

if only your keyboard could talk..i wonder what it would say !

So blessed-
Nothing is complicated-it's all in the mind. Close your eyes. How did it taste? i'd just sent you some along with hugs and smooches!
(do what i do mostly. Just Hit the Cafe bars or local bakeries instead of the kitchen. Then bring your snapshots home ;)

marty39 said...

Oh, this just sounds so good. I love turnovers and mango would be wonderful. I also would love some tiramisu. Great recipes. Thanks for sharing. and Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it, so glad that I found yours. Hugs, Marty

Barb said...

you are wicked (LOL) making me think about tiramisu that is one of my fav desserts.Wish I was there to enjoy it with you....Barb

DesignTies said...

Thanks for visiting our blog :-)

These recipes look really good :-) I wonder why Benjamin Moore calls one of the their colours Tiramisu -- it looks nothing like that yummy dessert!!!! :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

laughingwolf said...

that's why i spelled it that way :O lol

Miss Pidgin said...

Tiramisu is my favorite I have never tried it with mangoand it sounds good ;)

SILVER said...

happy to have found yours too ;)

Someone once said that if you can't be thin, then make all your friends fat. But i can't say that for myself- i'm the type who can gobble up a horse for lunch everyday and still look like stick.

Lots of good $ "wasted" for the food bills on me.. hehe

Design Ties-
It's still part of the Creamy Beige-Tan shades under the BM Designer Classics Collection Fandeck, i guess- it is a very clever description of these colours. May have been intended to affect the way our brains work to choose the colours not for the Colour but becos we want a piece of that delish dessert! Who really knows?!

laughingwolf- do I!

Miss Pidgin- Mangoes is a magical is a very versatile and obliging fruit. It agrees in almost every type of cuisines/desserts from all across the board- from Thai to Indian lassies..

Cathy said...

Silver Moon,
I love your blog! It is witty and smart like a pearl in an oyster which is a rare find. I have enjoyed reading your recipes and getting to know your loved ones. I am also glad I have my comment monitor turned on! Silver Moon conjures images of a light guiding the way on a soft still night, like how I found my way here. It is wonderful to meet you....Cathy

SILVER said...

Now we have to do the Cherokee prayer and dance together..


Anonymous said...

That looks good. I might make it myself lol Thanks for stopping by my journal

Paula said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. The turnovers look wonderful. Nice blog I'll be back.

Sheila said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. Please stop by again...Sheila

Judy said...

Wow, Mango Turnovers, YUM! Oh and thankyou so much for stopping by and checking on me. I'm so into my vacation plans! Hugs, dear friend!

Rikkij said...

F-I can't pronounce it but it sure sounds good. I assume we're not talking diet food, here. ~Rick

SILVER said...




:) the pleasure had been mine.

SILVER said...

i'm so glad to hear that! HUGS in return, my dear!

your humour is showing again..

Vivek Patwardhan said...

Good information about Tiramasu. I never knew it had origins in Venice. Tiramasu stays on my mind, this evening I am going to get it!

SILVER said...

Vivek- what a good idea. I shd get some myself too. You see how one encouragement leads to another..?