I've decided that it is impossible to diet in the Winter. The cold weather, the amount of times indoors, the bulky layers that cover up that extra piece (s) of cake and the lack of motivation because it is just too darn dreary outside is a recipe for diet disaster. I say, we should embrace the 5 ( and hopefully not more) pounds that will inevitably creep on and just work extra hard to lose it come Spring. Or not. All I know is that when the cold weather comes, heavy, carb laden foods just cannot be resisted. This is my obviously guilt filled rationalization for this dessert and just about everything else I have been making lately. Does it help a tiny bit that there is a fruit involved? I like to think so. But it is just so delicious that no thinking is really involved during consumption. Obviously this is not a traditional Tiramisu which is usually flavored with espresso but the lady fingers, Marscapone and alcohol make it at least a second cousin. Now that strawberries are finally in season here (though you still have to mortgage your kidney to buy them) they are finding their way into both sweet and savory dishes that I have been making. Gotta eat them while you can! Enjoy!
1 Package lady fingers
1/3 cup Triple Sec (orange liquor) you can use plain orange juice in a pinch
1 cup whipping cream (no skimping! get the real deal, 32-38 percent!)
3/4 cup powdered sugar (divided)
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup Marscapone cheese
125 grams white chocolate
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups strawberries, sliced thinly
1 1/2 cups strawberries, halved for decorating the top
In a mixer whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons of the powdered sugar and mix again. Transfer the whip cream to a different bowl. In the same bowl as you whipped the cream add the cream cheese, marscapone and the rest of the powdered sugar. Melt the white chocolate carefully in the microwave and add to the cheese mixture. Fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture. In a glass dish place half of the lady fingers to cover the bottom. Brush with some of the Triple sec and top with half of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the sliced strawberries on top and add another layer of lady fingers brushed with the Triple sec. top with the remaining cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours so it can set. Before serving decorate with remaining strawberries.