Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Inside-Out, Upside-Down Tirami Sù

January 6, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, general pastry, groups, ice creams & frozen, other sweet, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments

inside-out, upside-down tirami sù

Gale Gand’s Inside-Out, Upside-Down Tirami Sù is pretty different from the tiramisu I usually make.  The flavors are all here, but this reinterprets the dessert into a mix of textures and temperatures.  Instead of ladyfinger biscuits soaked and layered into something so soft you can glide a spoon through, here you get shatteringly crisp phyllo disks sandwiching a luxurious mascarpone sabayon and an icy-cold espresso granita.

I baked off my scrunched up phyllo disks in 4-inch ring molds, which worked really well.  I left the ginger out of the sugar sprinkled on top of them, because I didn’t want that flavor here.  I did, however, want a nice splash of Kahlúa in my sabayon, so I added that.

This is kind of a posh plated dessert, but you can get the three easy steps (phyllo disks, granita and sabayon) done earlier in the day and just assemble it all right before serving.  You really can’t wait to eat it once you’ve put the granita on, because it starts to melt immediately!  By the way, I have plenty of granita left in the freezer…I’m thinking of turning it into an espresso-frappe-milkshake-type concoction.  Bonus.

inside-out, upside-down tirami sù

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll


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  1. Best idea! I love reimagining classic desserts into new forms. Your dessert looks beautiful!!

  2. I love this idea. Pass me a plate, would you? #thanks

  3. This looks and sounds delicious! Love it.

  4. Beautiful! Your disks are so pretty. I may need to invest in a set of ring molds 🙂 I love the kahlua idea. I kind of missed the alcohol.

  5. Oh my word, I could eat a whole lot of this! It looks delicious!!!

  6. This looks so fantastic! Must try!

  7. Looks gorgeous! Must try once the holidays have worn off… 🙂

  8. Gorgeous presentation on this one.
    I wasn’t a huge fan of the overall dessert, but I did like the sabayon filling (kahlua would have been nice).

  9. This looks gorgeous and so tempting!

  10. Kahlua sounds like a wonderful addition. I used the ginger (fresh) and it was a nice element. Beautiful photos, as always.

  11. Yours looks beautiful!!

  12. This looks great! So playful 😉

  13. This is beautiful! So wonderful.

  14. Having just made tiramisu, I’m totally in love with your version. So creative! Well done, thanks for sharing!

  15. That’s so brilliant – I’m totally going to try it!

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