Dessert is always the best part of any meal, right? It’s our chance to indulge in a little something sweet and rich, and a great way to end a meal. There are lots of popular desserts to serve after a meal, and tiramisu is a great choice as it pairs well with any after dinner drink such as coffee, tea, wine, or even stout beer.
Tiramisu is a yummy Italian dessert that is most known for its coffee and sometimes liquor soaked sponge cake and creamy mascarpone filling. It is then topped off with a sprinkle of chocolate powder, chocolate shavings or espresso beans.
A good tiramisu strikes a nice balance of being a bit sweet with a touch of bitterness as well. The sweetness comes from mildly sweetened mascarpone and the bitter flavor is from the espresso-soaked lady fingers. People often wonder whether a big box store can make a great tasting and beautiful looking dessert like tiramisu. One of the most surprising things about this dessert is how pretty the layers look when it’s cut. In my opinion, this layered dessert couldn’t be any prettier or tastier.
Due to the many layers and combination of flavors, tiramisu takes a while to make. So, once again it’s Costco to the rescue for a great group dessert. This version definitely travels well without losing its shape, staying intact due to a generous amount of mascarpone and cream filling. When sliced into, you can distinctly see all of the layers of espresso-dipped cake and the mascarpone and cream cheese filling.
This tiramisu is also wonderfully tasty for being a big box dessert, which is definitely a great thing if you don’t have time to make this labor-intensive cake. Thanks to Costco you don’t have to make it and then wait while it chills for hours, so all the flavors can meld together. This is the perfect dessert to pick up while doing the grocery shopping because it keeps so well in the fridge. At more than 2½ pounds of goodness for $16, it certainly qualifies as a value-packed group dessert.
Costco’s version definitely shows they’ve taken liberties by changing up the old-style tiramisu recipe. Historically, it’s made with lady fingers soaked in espresso and Marsala wine or rum. This version seems to have just the espresso, but some people swear they taste liquor as well! Being more like a cake shaped like lady fingers with coffee drizzled over the top without the liquor, is most likely how they are able to mass produce this heavy dessert.
I know people worry about serving cake for dessert since some cakes are a bit dry. Not to fear, this is not the case with this lovely, sweet treat! The mascarpone, which is an Italian style cream cheese with a bit of a bite, is paired here with American cream cheese to make a divinely rich, flavorful mousse that prevents this cake from being too dry.
A purely decadent dessert, this is a splurge for the diet since it does not scrimp on calories. Thankfully, we usually consider celebrations a perfect time to cheat on our diets, so we can all give this a try. The utter creaminess of the mascarpone and cream cheese mouse if you will, is absolutely divine. It’s really the essence of what I think makes this cake so popular. Then, every once in a while you get a bite that has that strong espresso flavor, which balances it all out. But the espresso is why this dessert may not be for kids as the taste is fairly noticeable. It’s one of the main ingredients in this tiramisu and coffee certainly has a strong flavor.
All in all, this seems to be the perfect adult dessert as it has all the elements you’d be looking for to serve a larger group a sweet end to a dinner. This tiramisu is filled with creamy sweetness, a bit of a biting bitterness and a cool cocoa finish, all for an amazing price. Where can you find a better combination? And it gets even better when you know there won’t be any clean up! Let us know if you give this layered yummy goodness a try!
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