A tiny serving of a decadent dessert, adding up to just a few calories, easy to make and perfect for New Years and other festive occasions. It's tiramisu – except that the eggs are cooked, not raw – served in little dessert cups, layered with ground pralines if you like or the more traditional cocoa powder if you prefer.
Regular readers, remember how I promised a special dessert recipe based on Bourbon Pralines? This is it!
… therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
The New Year Diet Bell is tolling, people, we hear it sounding in the back of our heads, dong, dong, dong. Just another slice of that Christmas ham? Dong. Another glass of Homemade Eggnog? Dong, dong. Paying extra attention to the Christmas cookie plate? Dong, dong, dong.
Well hang on, all, because there are just one or two more holiday gatherings to steel ourselves through. Then for many of us, we can warily step back onto our scales and either moan with dismay or breathe a small sign of relief.
Either way, we’ll welcome the salad spareness that is January, the busy-ness of the holidays over, our lives back to every-day healthy work and play and yes, eating.
Still, New Years is just so festive, yes? With an eye on tomorrow’s scale-stepping – and because rich food just doesn’t taste as good as it first did early in the season – consider serving an “indulgent” dessert like tiramisu but in tiny portions, just enough to pique our dessert fancy, just enough to satisfy.
These little Mini Tiramisu Cups were the crowd favorite at a holiday dessert tasting we hosted in early December.
All credit for the styling goes to 15-year old Erika and 13-year old Kayla, who were able, creative pastry chefs as we put the party together at the last minute. Thanks, girls, I’ll cook with you any day!
MINI TIRAMISU CUPS with PRALINES RECIPE
Time to table: 4 hours
Makes 4 cups Tiramisu Custard
- 3 large egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons sugar (or 6 tablespoons for more sweetness)
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon dry sherry (recommended), marsala, bourbon or vanilla
- 8 ounces mascarpone, room temperature
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- Ground pralines, see Bourbon Pralines or more traditionally, unsweetened cocoa powder
- Cigarette cookies or more traditionally, lady fingers
TIRAMISU CUSTARD In a heavy saucepan, whisk the eggs and sugar until smooth, then the milk. Turn heat to medium and cook until thick, stirring occasionally at first and continuously as the mixture begins to heat up. You’ll know when it’s done when the frothy bubbles on top pop and the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir another minute or two to help it cool, then stir in the flavoring. Continue to cool, stirring occasionally. (Now’s a good time to whip the cream and grind the pralines.)
Whisk half the mascarpone into the egg mixture, then the remaining half. With a spatula, fold in the whipped cream, gently so not to deflate the air. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Can be made a day or two ahead.
TO SERVE Up to an hour before serving, if needed, re-stir the Tiramisu Cream. Transfer to a quart-size freezer bag, snip one corner. Squeeze the mixture into a glass dessert cup, getting right down in there and filling about a third to halfway. Dust with ground pralines, then fill the rest of the way (do allow room for the cookie). Dust again if you like. If serving a little later, refrigerate. Just before serving, insert the cookie into the dessert cup. Serve and savor!
Tiramisu Custard Only, assumes 4T/8T serving: 137/274 Calories; 12/25g Tot Fat; 7/15g Sat Fat; 60/120mg Cholesterol; 14/28mg Sodium; 4/8g Carb; 0g Fiber; 3/7g Sugar; 1/3g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 4/7.5, WW PointsPlus 4/7
As Pictured, Mini Tiramisu Cups with Pralines, assumes 3T Tiramisu Custard, 2 teaspoons ground pralines, 1 wafer cookie: 154 Calories; 12g Tot Fat; 7g Sat Fat; 60mg Cholesterol; 14mg Sodium; 10g Carb; 0g Fiber; 5g Sugar; 2g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 4, WW PointsPlus 4 This recipe has been Alanna-sized with reductions in sugar and portion size, increases in flavor and texture.
The Crowd Favorite
Mini Tiramisu Cups with Pralines were the favorite dessert when we hosted a Holiday Dessert Tasting early in December. Aren't they too cute?!
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