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Posted by Annita on November 19, 2008

Tiramisu meaning ‘pick-me -up’ is a classic coffee flavored Italian dessert prepared with mascarpone cheese,espresso and ladyfingers.It has become very popular recently and is served in almost every Italian restaurants. You either love it or hate it,there’s no middle ground..



This was my second attempt to prepare Tiramisu,first time I completely messed it up.This time I followed Olive Garden’s recipe as per Shn’s suggestion and it came out perfect.Thanks Shn.

I’ve made a few changes here and there.This is how i made it…


Egg yolks – Of 3 eggs
Whole Milk – 1/4 cup
Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Mascarpone cheese – 3 cups
Cream cheese – 8 ounces or 1 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1/4 tsp

Ladyfingers /savioardi biscuits- around 25

Italian Coffee powder – 5tbsp (Use any Italian brand if possible.I used Illy brand.Other brands are Cello, Lavazza, Kimbo, Mauro etc.)
Hot water – 1 cup (for making espresso)

Kahlua or any coffee liquor – 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder/Grated chocolate- as needed


Fill half of a medium sized sauce pan with water and allow it to boil.In a metal bowl whisk egg yolks,milk and sugar together.Simmer the boiling water and place the metal bowl on top of the sauce pan and stir the mixture often for 10-15 mts.You can also use double boiler instead of doing this.When the sugar dissolves,the egg mixture will begin to thicken.Remove from the sauce pan and allow it to cool.


To prepare espresso,boil 1 cup of water in a stove/microwave.Take it off from heat and add coffee powder into it.Mix it well and strain the coffee through a sieve.Allow it to cool.(Instead of preparing this you can buy espresso from Starbucks or any other coffee shop.)

Combine mascarpone cheese,cream cheese and vanilla extract together using an electric mixture.You’ve to mix it until it turns almost creamy with small chunks remaining.Add egg yolk mixture to the cheese mixture and combine them together.

Combine 1/4 cup cooled espresso and 1/4 cup Kahlua together.


Pour espresso-Kahlua mix into a flat plate so that it’ll be easy to dip the ladyfingers.Keep it aside.Dip each ladyfingers into the espresso-Kahlua mix and arrange it in a serving dish side by side.Ladyfingers will get soaked up very fast ,but we dont want to soak an entire ladyfinger.Dip only the bottom half of the ladyfinger ,the top half has to be dry.You can break the ladyfingers to fit into the dish.

Spoon half of the mascarpone cheese mixture over the ladys fingers.Sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.(I’ve used both chocolate and cocoa powder.Use it according to your choice.)Again arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers over the cocoa/chocolate powder.Spoon remaining cheese mixture over ladyfingers and spread it evenly.

Cover and chill it for 8-10 hrs.Before serving sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.Cut into equal size square pieces and serve.

Note :- You can also prepare Tiramisu in dessert glasses/parfait glasses,so you can serve it right then and also you can save the extra time it takes to cut into desired shape.


Info:-I’ve read here that mascarpone cheese is available in Fiorano Restorante in Bangalore.I dont know about other cities.Also if anyone knows about the availability of ladyfingers in India,can you please let me know about it?

Related recipes:-

Pushpa’s Tiramisu Recipe

Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

Ladyfingers Recipe

Tiramisu without Alchohol from Shab’s Cuisine

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Pasta in Spinach-Garlic Sauce

Posted by Annita on February 12, 2007

Here’s a spinach flavoured pasta recipe ,its’s my son’s new favorite.

Pasta In spinach-Garlic sauce

Pasta In spinach-Garlic sauce


Pasta cooked according to package directions – 2 cups

For The Sauce :-

Spinach – half of a bunch
Garlic chopped -1 tsp
All purpose flour – 1/2 cup
Whole Milk – 1 cup
Cheddar Cheese – 2 tsp
Dried Parsley – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – to taste
Salt – to taste
Olive Oil – as needed


Cook spinach in water,drain and puree it.Heat olive oil in a pan and saute garlic for few seconds.Now add all purpose flour and roast it for a while.Stir in milk and pepper powder and heat until the sauce gets thick.Now add spinach puree ,salt and parsley and simmer for few more minutes stirring occasionally.Finally add the cheese and mix well.Switch off the stove.The sauce is now ready.

Pour the sauce over cooked pasta.Mix well,sprinkle more cheese and serve hot.

Check out these too :

Elbow Macaroni in Eggplant-Spinach Sauce

Pasta with Lentils

Veggie Pasta

Greek Pasta

Pasta with chicken & roasted Garlic

Pumpkin sauce Penne

Basil Pesto Pasta

Pasta in chilli,Bell pepper and peanut sauce

Pasta in tomato Cumin Sauce

Penne Upma

Pasta with Garlic Greens,Artichokes and OlivesĀ 

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Veggie Pasta

Posted by Annita on August 4, 2006

Its been a while since i’ve promised my friend Biny,about posting some kids special dishes.And so here I am with my little one’s choices.He is really crazy about cheese and pastas and for me this is the most simple dish,which could be prepared in few minutes.I’ve indianized this in my own way ,mostly according to my toddler’s tastes.

Veggie Pasta for Kids
Pasta with Veggies

The recipe follows..


Ingredients for pasta
Vegetables needed for the pasta

Any pasta of your choice – 1 cup
(I’ve used Racconto Gnocchi here)
Chopped Onion – 1/2 of a medium sized
Cherry Tomatoes sliced -5
(Or 1 medium sized tomato)
Button Mushrooms sliced – 6
Spinach chopped – 1 cup
Chopped garlic – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Butter -2 tbsp
All purpose flour – 2 tsp
Milk – 1 cup
Grated cheese -2 or 3 tbsp
Dried oregano or Dried parsley – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste.


Cook pasta by adding 2 cups of water.Drain and keep it aside.
Melt butter in a pan and add onions into it.Saute for few minutes and now stir in salt,garlic and mushrooms.Saute again for few more minutes.Now add tomatoes and spinach into it and saute again .Mix in flour and fry for sometime.Add milk and pepper powder and allow it to boil till it reaches a thick consistency.Throw in pasta,cheese and herbs(I’ve used oregano here) and simmer for few more minutes and remove.
(If you want you can bake it after adding cheese.I usually don’t do any baking as I am a bit lazy ,and also my kid seems to be satisfied with the way it is.)You can also add cooked meat,cooked seafood or even boiled egg into it.

Posted in International Food, Italian Dishes, Lil' Milan's Choice, Rice & Noodles | 15 Comments »