I know it’s very self-indulgent to call one’s own recipe ‘the best [insert name of meal] ever’, let alone ‘the best thing you have ever eaten and ever shall eat, end of’, but… This really is the best thing you’ve ever eaten or ever shall eat. End of.
I’ve tried making vegan tiramisu once before, using tofu as a substitute for mascarpone, but the result was utterly disappointing. It had none of the luscious creaminess of that ex-favourite Italian cheese; instead my tofu ‘mascarpone’ was grainy, hadn’t blended well at all, in fact, and it just tasted of tofu. I would never eat that again, and if it’s not good enough for me, it certainly isn’t good enough for my guests.
But this… there were no guests to share this delight with because I couldn’t bear sharing even one teacup of this heavenly dessert with anyone. I kept it all to myself. And you will too.
I used Bourbon biscuits (aka the new love of my life) because I couldn’t find any dairy or egg-free ladyfingers in my local supermarket and was not at all feeling inclined to traipse all around London hunting down ladyfingers. I got sh*t to do, y’know. And then that not-so-little packet of cheap-as-chips Bourbon biscuits was ogling me from a lower shelf in the biscuit isle, crying “me me me, pick me, pick me!’ How could I resist?
Best decision EVER.
I’m not sure I would ever make tiramisu with ladyfingers again after creating this. The deep chocolotey creaminess, soaked in extra strong coffee, is a match made in heaven. A party on your tongue that will leave you smiling for the rest of the day. Walnuts blended with coconut cream create a layer softer than a cloud, better than mascarpone (oh yes, I said it!). Dip in a cheeky Bourbon and lick the coconut whipped cream off it, dunking the biscuits as if in a cup of hot cocoa. It just doesn’t get better than this.
If you do feel so generous to share this dessert, it would make the perfect ending to a decadent Italian feast. Serve in teacups with a biscuits and whipped cream dusted with cocoa powder for extra va va voom. Your guests will adore you forever.
No baking required, you can make this recipe in 20 minutes flat. Over-stressed party host? Not you, baby. You can glide serenely into the room and smile smugly when your guests’ jaws drop, wiggle your eyebrows when they ask you how you did it, and pretend you slaved away all day whilst still looking radiant and relaxed.
Prep time: 20 minutes + setting overnight
cocoa powder, to dust
In a high-speed blender or food processor, blitz the walnuts, water, stevia and Kahlua until you obtain a smooth cream.
* If you don’t have any stevia powder, you can just use regular brown sugar. Maybe extra fine brown sugar, if you don’t like feeling little grains crunching underneath your teeth.
I think I’m falling in love with Italy. I dream of going there and eating luscious pizzas day in, day out (minus the cheese… soupir.) Where is your dream foodie destination?