As I type this, I have just polished off one of these guys. #foodbaby #yolo and all that jazz, y’know?
I am a lover of a tiramisu, as you will know by (exhibit a, one of my most popular recipes, and exhibit b), and this particular take on the Italian classic has been a long time coming. Ever since I purchased my copy of Nigellissima, in fact, which contains a recipe for Tiramisini. The idea of that delicate pudding served in elegant cocktail glasses appealed to me on so many levels, but particularly because it is so adult.
This weekend a very good friend of mine helped me deep-clean my flat (it’s one of her hobbies, would you believe it). We also went to B&Q and bought paint (you see where I’m going with this, don’t you? But you’ll have to wait a while longer for that piece of news!), and we talked about all the ways in which we have been adulting recently.
Buying furniture with her own hard-earned money; decorating our respective homes the way we want to, making them very much our own; having a full-time job, falling in that dreadful 9-to-5 pattern; making bold choices in the love department, and to hell what anyone might think; wearing red lipstick because we’re 22 and we’re totally fabulous.
But adulting is hard, man (and the autocorrect refuses to acknowledge that is a word, how dare that little cad!). There are days when I wake up and think ‘HELLZ YEAH, I’M 22 AND I’M QUEEN OF THE WORLD, BOW DOWN BEFORE ME, YOU WORMS’ but there are many more days when I come home tired, drop my bag by the front door, and sit quietly at the dining table, petting my cat in a rhythmic, soothing motion, because I’m so, so grateful the day is over, and also wary of the next day, which promises to be equally repetitive, mind-numbing and soul-destroying.
There are changes ahead — again, more on that soon — and they will bring exciting news for me. But for now, I take pleasure in the wee details of every day life; they are what gets me through the day. It may sound silly to say that — it’s just tiramisu, after all — but the thought of that creamy chai-spiced filling, and the tip of my spoon breaking the bottom layer of coffee-soaked biscuit somehow brings me great joy. You need balance in life. You need those little things that lift you up.
And I think that’s what adulting is, really. Sh*t days with magic little moments, and then some really great, wonderful, earth-shatteringly happy days that get you through the tough times. Some good, some bad; salad days, and tiramisu days.
This recipe is elegant and glamorous, but if you serve it in small tea cups or glass it would be the perfect treat for a potluck or dinner party. It’s ideal for sharing and everybody loves the chocolate/chai combination. And this one is perfect for Christmas, with its warming chai spices and chocolate biscuit bottom. For me, it has all the right elements: a bit of alcohol, healthy fats, naughty chocolate biscuits, natural sweeteners. And a whole lot of love. You can find this recipe plus tons of other healthy yet indulgent recipes on Aloha‘s website; it’s one of my favourite online sources for healthy, yummy recipes.
*I am not the biggest fan of Marsala and don’t usually keep it in my kitchen, but as I’m sure you know, I do love Amaretto, and I find the sweet almond flavour pairs well with the chai spices. It’s up to you which one you choose, or whether you add any at all.
** Bourbon creams are typically British biscuits consisting of two rectangular chocolate biscuits with chocolate cream in the middle. Kind of like a chocolate filling Oreo. Do check the ingredients list as ingredients will vary from brand to brand, and some may add dairy or egg products.
12 Bourbon creams, or another kind of chocolate cookie with cream filling**, plus one extra for each person
60ml (1/4 cup), or 4 tbsp hot espresso
60ml (1/4 cup), or 4 tbsp Amaretto (optional; you can omit this and double the espresso instead)
250ml (1 cup) coconut cream
280g (2 cups) raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 tbsp Marsala or Amaretto*
2 tbsp Sweet Freedom Original fruit-based syrup
1 tbsp water, as needed
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
A drizzle of Choc Shot, to serve (optional)
1. Crumble 3 biscuits per glass and soak with 1 tbsp espresso and 1 tsp alcohol, or 2 tbsp espresso if omitting the alcohol. If serving 4 people, use small glasses; if serving two people, you may use martini or cocktail glasses, which will hold more. In the latter case, you may not need to use 6 biscuits per person, as this will make really quite a lot to eat!
2. Next, make the cream filling. Blend the coconut cream, spices, alcohol, agave and spices together, adding the cashews a little at a time. Add 1 tbsp of water if needed, just in case your blender or food processor is struggling. You may need to stop the machine every once in a while to stir the cream with a tamper or wooden spoon.
3. Divide the cream filling between the glasses. Top with a dusting of cocoa powder, a drizzle of Choc Shot and/or a chocolate biscuit.
How do you find balance in tough times?
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sweet Freedom, who kindly provided me with some of their products, including Choc Shot and Sweet Freedom Original, but as always all opinions are my own, and I mean every word I say.