Cheat's Tiramisu

"I got this from a supermarket leaflet about cooking with cheese, so easy! Cooking time includes cooling and chilling time."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Boil the water and dissolve the coffee in it.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Beat the mascarpone and custard together.
  • Stir the Tia Maria into the coffee and dip sponge chunks into the liquid.
  • Divide a third of the mixture into four serving dishes.
  • Spoon over a third of the mascarpone/custard mix, and keep layering, finishing with the mascarpone/custard mix.
  • Sprinkle with cocoa and chill for 1 hour.

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  1. mommytwolove
    Sylvie, Since you are in the UK, is the custard an "egg custard", like in egg custard tarts, or what seems to the "ordinary" custard in the UK, the corn-flour variety like Bird's (and other brand names). I won't make the recipe until I know which it is. I can get both variety here in Washington state USA and don't want to waste $ on the wrong thing.
  2. kiwidutch
    I have to warn you, DH has a guilty secret: he is a self confessed Tiramisu Snob.. I don't care for the stuff but make it for him, and when it comes to THIS, his favourite dessert, he is REALLY fussy.. he's looking for 300%perfection and he is hard to please. I really thought this would make him smile, but all I got was, "It's ok, I suppose, please keep looking" <gasp> What! it looked devine to me? I don't have ready made custard so made up myself... done THAT dozens of times before so there was nothing wrong there. DH said that it needed a stronger flavour, something more, but didn't eleborate more than that. Please see my rating system, DH awards 3 stars, but heck, what does he know? Do you need a review from a Tiramisu perfectionist? if so, take this one to heart, if not, make it, rate it and make up your own mind :) Thanks !
    Sylvie I am one person who just loves Tiramisu. I just did not think this would be as good as everybody stated it would and boy was I wrong! Something so simple came out so good. This I will be making again. Thank you for posting this for us to try. Sorry I had to eat this before I remember to take a picture of it.
  4. Columbus Foodie
    Who needs complex tiramisu recipes when this simple one is some of the best tiramisu I've ever had? I made a couple of changes - I couldn't find ladyfingers, so I used marble pound cake instead, I used the Jello custard as well, and doubled the amount of coffee liqueur. I will definitely have to make this again the next time I have company.
  5. mcdjcd
    WOW!!! This was incredible! The only thing I did different was I made the custard (jello's brand) because I couldn't find any ready made at the store. Easy & delicious, my DS had one for breakfast even! Would be a great company dessert.


Hi, I'm 31 and cooking and living in England. I was born in Germany and that's where I grew up and lived until I came to the UK to go to University in 1998. I never went back to live in Germany, even though all my family is still there.
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