Giovanna's True Tiramisu
Lady finger cake:
2 cups flour (accidently subbed half with soy flour and it still worked)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons of ground flax with 3 tablespoons water (mixed separately) you can use E-Nerg
5 tablespoons vegan margarine (like earth balance i used the olive oil one)
2 cups soy milk
1 cup sugar (you can reduce if you wish, this recipe is high in sugar!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup arrowroot powder (can use cornstarch too)
14 oz firm tofu
1/4 cup soy milk (can try rice or almond too)
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoon arrowroot (or cornstarch)
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons rum
3 tablespoons amaretto (find little bottle at liquor store if you don't want to buy a big bottle)
1 cup of brewed espresso (the best way!) or strong coffee
It's really not that hard. It's amazing. There's a place in Asheville called Old Europe Cafe, that has the best tiramisu I've had since my aunts. We used to get all the time until I went vegan and then raw. I made this for my husband for valentines and it was a hit! (I made raw version for myself, that I'll post later, but of course I had to taste this and I was tasting it all along to make sure it would be right and not taste like sweet tofu.
Preheat oven to 350 degress Fahrenheit.
Ladyfingers:In a bowl stir together flour & baking powder. Set aside.
In a pot, heat soy milk and vegan margarine. Let vegan margarine melt, careful not to scald soy milk (it will burn at the bottom if heat too high). Now mix sugar, vanilla, and flax egg in a bowl. Then add dry ingredients. Stir.
Remove soy milk from stove, pour into bowl with dry ingredients, and mix until just moistened, don't overmix.
Place in 9" x 13" pan. NOTE: You want this thin, so a bigger pan is good. I made mine in two bread pans and it was too thick (check picture!) and I didn't wanna cut it all in half. So I couldn't layer this like normal tiramisu is.
Bake about 20 minutes, until springy and just starting to brown on edges, you know "fork comes out clean."
Custard 1:Mix all Put all Custard 1 ingredients in a saucepan.Whisk over medium heat until thick.Refrigerate.
Custard 2:Press tofu, get it dry, place in food processor (or blender, it makes a lot!! so only use processor if you have a big one!)Add other CUSTARD 2 ingredients and process until smooth.
Cut cake into finger-sized pieces. Soak these in coffee and place in medium sized casserole dish (all facing on direction if you can). Don't leave them to soak, just make sure they are saturated, but not so wet they crumble.
Now take Custard 1 out of the fridge, put in blender with Custard 2 and blend! Pour over lady fingers. sprinkle a very good layer of cocoa powder over the top, covering it completely.
For the classic Tiramisu look, use a smaller dish, and place half of lady fingers on bottom, pour half of the custard on top, no cocoa, then another layer of lady fingers, and pour the rest of the custard. THEN cocoa dust.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, preferably overnight.
I didn't soak my fingers enough this time, so I poured some espresso on my plate before placing the piece down.
Enjoy! Tiramisu means 'Pick me Up!"
Source of recipe: I invented this!!