I used to think tiramisu was a little over-saturated until recently when I found someone who hadn’t even heard of it! There goes my overexposed theory. It still holds as a classic dessert that almost everyone loves. Unless they dislike coffee flavor. But who would know a weirdo like that? Just kidding. Coffee can sometimes be pretty divisive.
But in this case, it’s supremely mellow and mixed in with a ton of creamy goodness. Like a big, mild, creamy latte. Covered in cocoa. Dunked with ladyfingers. Upgrade city.
Do I miss the soft texture the ladyfingers take on inside a traditional tiramisu? Maybe a little. But the trade-off is fairly huge. This easy tiramisu dip is literally that EASY: a five-minute dish you can either make ahead or make last-minute, with all of the flavor in a dippable form. I’d say it’s a pretty fair deal.
If you don’t have any coffee liquor on hand, you can totally substitute a little more espresso instead. Or if you’re a teetotaler, you can use alcohol-free coffee liquor. Coffee extract also works in a pinch. You just have to get that coffee flavor in there somehow to make it really pop.
Check out this espresso ricotta dip for a similar coffee flavor.
But the actual best part? The part that makes me super happy? It’s another make-ahead, no-bake recipe. You can mix it up for a party and serve it later. It might just taste even better that way. Just wait on dusting the cocoa powder until you’re ready to serve so it doesn’t melt in too much ahead of time.
Raise your hand if you’ve never had tiramisu so at least I know it’s still a thing that might be new to someone.
Ooh, and here are a few more desserts and dips/mousses to use as dips or frosting or just on a spoon directly into my gob:
- 1½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese (can substitute with cream cheese, if needed)
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
- 1½ Tbsp brewed espresso
- 1½ Tbsp coffee liqueur
- 1 tsp cocoa powder, for dusting
- Ladyfingers or other cookies, for serving
- In a large mixing bowl, whip the mascarpone, ricotta, and cream for about a minute until smooth. Beat in sugar, espresso, and coffee liquor for about 2 minutes.
- Spoon dip into a serving dish, sprinkle with cocoa powder, and serve with ladyfingers on the side.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you make this recipe, share a photo and hashtag it #BIJOUXANDBITS. I’d love to see what you’re cooking!