Non-Alcoholic Tiramisu

This alcohol-free recipe for the popular Italian dessert is every bit as good as the traditional version.

Vegetarian. Hands-on time: 12 mins. Total time: 12 mins (plus chilling).

Contributed by Janey Macleod (June 2011).

Non-Alcoholic Tiramisu

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Since I posted my recipe for easy tiramisu here on Veg World, I've received several emails from readers looking for a non-alcoholic version. In truth, the amount of alcohol in the original recipe is pretty small. But I know that some people have good reasons for avoiding alcohol completely, so I thought I would give you this separate recipe for non-alcoholic tiramisu. (You can find the original recipe here.)

Both the original recipe and this one favor simplicity over authenticity. They are both very easy to make, and though they might lack the authentic Italian touch, they are both absolutely delicious.

As with the original recipe, this one works best with chocolate biscotti. If you can't find these, you can use plain biscotti or any sponge-based cake instead (a UK reader wrote to say that she has successfully made it with trifle sponges, as I originally suggested). If the cake doesn't already contain chocolate, sprinkle a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder on it while it's soaking.

Ingredients

Method

Start by placing the biscotti pieces side by side in a flat dish. They should ideally cover the base of the dish without overlap.

Stir the vanilla extract into the coffee and pour it over the biscotti. Leave to stand for a few minutes while the biscotti soak up the liquid.

Beat the mascarpone and the cream together.

Carefully arrange half the biscotti in an 8-inch (20 cm) bowl. Gently press down with a fork so that they are evenly spread. Add half the mascarpone mixture, again spreading it evenly. Repeat with the remainder of the biscotti, this time also pouring over any excess coffee. Then add a final layer of the mascarpone mixture.

Finally, sprinkle the chocolate shavings over the top. Refrigerate for at least half an hour before serving.

Note on quantities and temperatures:
Quantities are given in American (cups), imperial (oz, fl oz) and metric (g, ml) units. Do not mix the units - use one or other system throughout the recipe.
See also How much does a cup weigh?
oz = ounces, fl oz = fluid ounces, g = grams, ml = milliliters, tsp = teaspoons, tbsp = tablespoons.
Oven temperatures are given in degrees F (Fahrenheit) and C (Celsius).
For fan-assisted ovens, reduce the temperature by 20F or 10C.