if you give a pastry chef a bottle of pennington’s strawberry rye, chances are she will whip up a dessert. and if said pastry chef is feeling a little daring, she might just reinvent the classic tiramisu into something totally southern. guess what, this happened, it really, really happened! to read the entire post and see the full recipe, visit my new blog page by following this link
strawberry tea-ramisu; a no-bake summer recipe
if you give a pastry chef a bottle of pennington’s strawberry rye, chances are she will whip up a dessert. and if said pastry chef is feeling a little daring, she might just reinvent the classic tiramisu into something totally southern. guess what, this happened, it really, really happened!
with many thanks to my good friend, the food sheriff, i found myself in possession of some penningtons, strawberry rye and the instructions to “make something!” have i ever told you that i am good at following instructions? okay, that is stretching it, a lot, but this time, i did exactly that.
if you have made a true, classic tiramisu, you know it can be a little intimidating. zabaglione is one of those recipes that require you to follow instructions carefully for the best results. but that does not mean that you cannot improvise. for this recipe, the technique is intact, it is the components that have changed.
the first change came when i decided to replace the espresso with a strong batch of black tea. this dark tea was combined with the pennington’s strawberry rye and a little sugar to make the soaking liquid for the savoiardi.
to further adapt the recipe, the traditionally called for marsala was omitted from the zabaglione and the strawberry rye was used in a one to one switch. to keep it light and simple, whipped cream was used rather than whipped mascarpone cheese. the result of these changes is a lovely, creamy whiskey and tea infused dessert that is both simple and sophisticated.
the best type of cookie for this recipe is a true italian savoiardi, a crispy lady finger that soaks up the tea and rye syrup. finding them in the grocery store can be a challenge but in nashville, i quickly found them at publix. for best results, make the dessert the day before so that it has time to set and make cutting it into portions for serving.