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Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu
Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu is a luscious dessert you can make ahead of time and indulge in when ready!
- 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- One 8-ounce container mascarpone
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups cold, strong brewed coffee
- 6 tablespoons orange liqueur (like triple sec or Gran Marnier)
- 2 tablespoons Kahlua
- One 14-ounce package ladyfingers
- 1 to 2 large handfuls of Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, pitted and roughly torn
- 6 whole Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, for garnish
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, grated
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form, about 3 to 6 minutes. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar, and mix to combine.
- To the whipped cream, add the mascarpone cheese and granulated sugar. Mix until combined and smooth.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee, orange liqueur, and Kahlua.
- Dip one ladyfinger into the coffee mixture for 3 to 5 seconds. Place the cookie into the bottom of a 9-inch x 9-inch baking dish. Repeat until the bottom layer of the baking dish is covered.
- Top the ladyfingers with half of the mascarpone cheese mixture. Spread the cheese mixture into an even layer over the cookies.
- Top the cheese mixture with the ripped bourbon cherries, spreading them evenly around the dish so you get some cherries in every bite.
- Dip the remaining cookies in the coffee mixture and create a layer over the cherries.
- Top the cookies with the remaining cheese mixture and spread evenly in the dish.
- Sprinkle the top of the tiramisu with shaved chocolate. (If you don't have bakers block of chocolate, you can use whole dark chocolate chips or chop up the chocolate chips.)
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours to 24 hours.
- Uncover the tiramisu and cut into 6 portions. Plate the dessert and top each serving with a whole cherry.
If you're looking to make your own Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, Kristy's book has the recipe. I happened to have a jar of homemade bourbon cherries from my neighbor ready to go so that's what I used. Bourbon cherries are also available from the store if you don't want to make your own. I know Marker's Mark makes some that are bright red.
If you can't find ladyfingers at the grocery store, you can use Margherite cookies instead. You may need 2 packages through, as a 12-ounce package of Margherite cookies is just shy of filling two layers in a 9-inch x 9-inch pan. I like to soak these cookies for 8-10 seconds since they aren't quite as porous.
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