Cheats Tiramisu

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An easy way to create an Italian classic
Preparation time15 minutes
Cooking time0 minutes


  • 1 ¼ cups espresso
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ¼ cup coffee flavoured liqueur (Tia Maria or Kahlua)
  • 600ml tub thickened cream
  • ¼ cup icing sugar mixture
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 250g sponge finger biscuits
  • 50g dark chocolate, grated


  1. Combine coffee, caster sugar and liqueur in a bowl. Cool.
  2. Place cream, icing sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Using an electric whisk, whip on very high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Dip one sponge finger into cooled coffee mixture. Remove from liquid and spread one side with a little cream.
  4. Place sideways in an 8-cup capacity serving dish. Dip a second sponge finger in coffee mixture, spread with a little cream and lay next to the first. Repeat with remaining sponge fingers, coffee mixture and cream. If there is any remaining coffee mixture once all the biscuits have been dipped, pour this over the biscuits. Spread top with remaining cream and smooth surface. Sprinkle with chocolate; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Recipe can be made in an 8-cup capacity dish or 8 individual cup size glasses.