Cook's Corner

By Carla Biasatti

TiramisuThe name Tiramisu is Italian and means "pick me up". It can be translated figuratively as something to make me less sad or something that makes me happier. After fasting the whole day, and praying the Taraweeh prayers, this is a perfect dessert—light, cool, and refreshing—something to "pick you up." A perfect dessert for Ramadan!


¼ cup Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
8 oz. softened Cream Cheese
3 Tbsp. Sour Cream
2 Tbsp Half & Half Milk
7 oz. Heavy Whipping Cream (whipped)
1 Cup + 2 Tbsp. Strong, Brewed Coffe (preferebly espresso)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
24 Lady Fingers or Savoiardi (a type of Italian cookies)
3 Tbsp. Powedered, Sweetened Cocoa


1. Mix the sugar with the egg yolks on medium speed until fluffy.
2. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and half & half milk. Beat on medium low speed until smooth.
3. Fold in the whipping cream and 2 Tbsp. of coffee.
4. Meanwhile, quickly dip each lady finger in the coffee and layer the bottom of an 8x8 glass cake pan.
5. Spread half the mixture of the lady fingers.
6. Again, quickly dip the remaining lady fingers in the coffee and make another layer on top of the creamed layer.
7. Spread the remaing cream mixture on top of the lady fingers.
8. Garnish with th sweetened cocoa.
9. Refrigerate overnight and serve cold.

Serves 8 people.

WARNING: Please be extremely careful if you eat Tiramisu at an unknown location. The traditional way of making Tiramisu is with the addition of marsala brandy and mascarpone cheese. In fact, very few places that sell Tiramisu do not include these two ingredients in their recipes. Therefore, you must be diligent in checking the ingredient list so you do not consume anything that does not have halal ingredients.

Buon Appetito !!

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