30 November, 2012

Paleo Tiramisu

I love Tiramisu. It is one of my favourite dessert but it is not really Paleo, is it? 
There is the obvious choice to replace the Mascarpone to a custard made from coconut cream but I wanted to try something else. Something which is creamy and sweet itself like custard: the custard apple. 

It is a winter fruit - sorry, my Australian readers - and unless you have your own tree, it is quite expensive. However, you need one only. 
The best thing in this Tiramisu is that there is no added sugar in it. Not even a gram. 
Worth to try :)

Ingredients for the sponge cake

2 eggs
8 tbsp almond flour (almond meal from blanched almond)
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
zest of a lemon

Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Prepare a 20x20cm baking tin with baking paper.
Separate the eggs and whip the whites and the apple cider vinegar with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes. Mix the egg yolks and add them to the hard egg whites gently so you don't deflate the egg white mixture. Mix the almond flour, the zest of a lemon and bicarbonate soda, then add gently to the egg white mixture. 
Pour the mixture to the prepared tin and bake it for about 15 minutes or until it is golden brown. 

Ingredients for the cream

1 custard apple (approx. 350ml mashed custard apple without the seeds)
1 egg white
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp gelatin dissolved in 50ml hot water

Cut the custard apple in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Discard the seeds then make a puree of the flesh by a food processor. Pour the mash into a colander lined with cheese cloth and let it drain above a bowl while beating the egg whites.
Whip the egg white with the apple cider vinegar with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes. While beating, slowly add the dissolve gelatin to it. With a wooden spoon, mix the custard apple gently to the hard egg white.


150-200ml fresh espresso coffee or nescafé, cooled
splash of almond liqueur
sugar free cocoa powder, eg. Dutch cocoa

Cut the sponge cake to 15x100mm stripes. Lay half of them to a 12x12cm glass or ceramic dish.
Combine the coffee with the liqueur. With a spoon, pour some from the coffee mixture to the sponge cake.
Cover the sponge cake with half of the custard apple mixture. Repeat the layers one more, ending with the cream. Dust generously with cocoa then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Alternatively, you can use agar-agar or psyllium husk instead of gelatin. This case you have to add them to the custard apple instead of the egg whites.

Enjoy :)

Variations for wellbeing
Dairy intolerance: enjoy as is.
Gluten intolerance: enjoy as is.
Paleo: enjoy as is.


sadia @ vegetable soup said...

another one of your blog post and magnificent creations Paleo Tiramisu thanks for the very sweet desert recipe.....I have to say that I have never tasted before...

Alexandra said...

Thank you, Sadia for your flattering comment :)