Chocolate Kahlua Tiramisu

I think my dessert might be classed as a ‘cheat’s tiramisu’ because I left out the sponge cake or ladyfingers- but it does have a delicious blend of whipped cream and mascarpone cheese layered with coffee-infused melted chocolate and a splash of Kahlua. Oh yeah, we can forget about those lady fingers this time!

Unfortunately, I’ll have to forget about going on a diet for the time being. I gained 6 pounds on my recent 5-week road trip that took us from Adelaide, South Australia up through the coast of Western Australia to Exmouth (see my post Australian Outback Adventure: from Adelaide to Ningaloo Reef). I find it hard to maintain my weight while travelling, with long hours sitting in a car and eating many meals in restaurants. For dinner, I always ordered just one bowl of soup and then ate a few morsels from Len’s dinner in order to cut back, but the weight still kept piling on. Maybe it was all the lobster and oysters I ate on the trip!

But first I’ll eat this delicious dessert and then go on a diet. Tell me, dear reader, do you tend to gain weight when you travel?

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Chocolate Kahlua Tiramisu
Yields 4
A creamy mixture of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream blended with layers of melted chocolate and a splash of Kahlua.
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  1. 1 cup (250 ml) whipping cream
  2. 1/2 cup (125 g) mascarpone cheese or ricotta cheese
  3. 1/4 cup (40 g) icing (confectioner's) sugar, sifted
  4. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  5. 100 g dark chocolate, melted
  6. 2 tbsps. liquid coffee or espresso, cooled
  7. 3 tbsp. Kahlua liqueur (or other coffee liqueur)
  1. Whip the cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Fold in the mascarpone cheese and sifted confectioner's sugar, then stir until the mixture is smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vanilla extract, liquid coffee and Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur). To serve, spoon 1 tbsp. of the melted chocolate mixture on the bottom of a serving glass, followed by several tbsps. of the cream/mascarpone cheese mixture. Continue alternating layers of the chocolate mixture with the cream mixture, ending with several pieces of chocolate bits on top.
  1. You can substitute ricotta cheese for the mascarpone cheese, if desired.
Adapted from Donna Hay
Adapted from Donna Hay
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    Joanne T Ferguson
    July 23, 2015 at 12:24 am

    What a gorgeous photos and recipe Fran! It makes me want to dive right in! Great dessert!

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    [email protected] Riffs
    July 23, 2015 at 12:53 am

    I think it’s illegal not to gain weight when you travel! Anyway, love this dish — this is one of those things I’ve often ordered in restaurants, but almost never make at home. I don’t know why — it’s not difficult, and so tasty. And you’ve taken the dish up a notch! Really good — thanks.
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    Kim | Mom, Can I Have That?
    July 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This dessert looks sooooooo good! I love that it’s so easy to make and that I don’t have to make a pastry cream.

    No, I don’t gain weight on vacation, I always lose BUT (and we’re talking about a big butt) I have gained a LOT of weight since starting my blog. I spend hours and hours sitting on the couch writing posts, engaging in social media and researching photos and recipes. My next goal for myself is going to be to work to find balance. Maybe I need to go on vacation and eat a lot of lobster! – oh, and this Chocolate Kahlua Tiramisu!!! Thanks for a great recipe!
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    July 24, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    My great sadness right now is that this is not currently in front of me and being spooned into my mouth. Looks like it is an accessible recipe, though – so it’s about time I make that dream a reality!
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    Denise [email protected] Brazil To You
    July 26, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Fran, my dear, it’s not only you. I also find quite hard to maintain my weight while traveling. This tiramisu looks fabulous… and at my household would disappear in a blink of an eye. 🙂
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    July 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    This is peters favourite dessert so I’ll have to make it, his eyes just lit up when I mentioned it,such a sweet tooth with yoyos, snowballs and chocs daily but I’m the diabetic!,,

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    December 4, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Yes Fran I’ve always put on weight when I’m travelling except for once,this was a 2 week trip to Vietnam where meals were small portions of mainly fish and very few sweet items,if so they were tiny,
    The worst was a cruise where high calorie food was readily available almost continuously with morning tea arvo tea and supper!,,,
    Having our party tomorrow for the housewarming will have to have a barbie in the new year so u can come love colleen

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