Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars (Tiramisu made w/ Yogurt!)
This is my new favorite quick dessert.
I don't like making tiramisu, but I love eating it.
It is very fattening, with the mascarpone and all those egg yolks.
Here, it is made with yogurt, and no booze, so I am saving you tons of calories and fat.
The original recipe is from The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde from Chocolate & Zucchini.
She calls them "Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars" because of the coffee, cardamom, pistachio combination.
They are tiramisu in my book......ladyfinger (savoiarde) biscuits soaked in cardamom coffee then layered w/ shaved chocolate, nuts, yogurt.....you get the idea.
These were best cooled 2 hours in the fridge, but still delicious the next day (though the nuts and chocolate were not as crunchy the next day).
I have made them both ways, with Greek yogurt, and with Noosa full fat yogurt.
I loved them both, so you decide.
This is my new go to company dessert.
Everyone loves an individual verrine for themself.
Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars/Yogurt Tiramisu: (adapted from The French Market Cookbook) four 6 oz verrines
3/4 cup of strong coffee (I used leftover coffee from the a.m. that was still in the coffeepot)
1 tsp of ground cardamom
20 ladyfinger biscuits, broken into pieces
2 cups of plain yogurt (Greek or any type you like)
3 tbsp honey
1/4 cup of chopped pistachios
2 oz. grated chocolate
Mix the honey with the yogurt and set aside.
Heat the coffee in a small saucepan w/ the cardamom and simmer for a minute.
Dip the biscuits in the hot coffee until soft, or brush with a pastry brush.
In four (6 oz.) glasses, layer some of the soaked biscuits on the bottoms of the verrines.
Spoon in a dollop of the honey yogurt and top with some nuts and shaved chocolate.
Repeat with more soaked biscuits and yogurt.
Cover w/ some plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours and up to one day.
Top with shaved chocolate and nuts just before serving.
Believe it or not, those are my rocks glasses for vodka tonics!
I found them at Home Goods, they are German crystal. So nice.
This is a perfect company dessert.
I love the middle eastern twist.
So easy to imagine many variations on this theme...all different kinds of cookies (cinnamon, graham cracker, oatmeal, amaretti), nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts), if you're doing booze ENDLESS variety (amaretto, Sambuca, limoncello) or some flower water, and then maybe citrus zest, a little crushed candy garnish...
Love this recipe.
I don't see why the big size wine glasses wouldn't work......however, if they have stems, how will you transport them?
Perhaps you have stemless wine glasses, like I do! ;)