Eclair or Tira-misu-clair??

Ok this is really simple...What's the first thing that catches your eye in a cake shop, probably after cheesecake?? Yup, you guessed it right, its either Tiramisu, or a Chocolate Eclair. Luckily for you and me, as I was watching Giada on her weekend getaway in Paris last night, I saw her eating a sumptous eclair, which led me to search for its recipe and I came across none but the best! Here's Tiramisu Eclair, as found in Southern Living Magazine, September 2003. It is like having the best of both the worlds as it combines the recipe for chocolate eclairs and tiramisu in the best possible way. Go ahead and indulge in the flavours of chocolate, lady fingers and mascarpone cheese!!

1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfingers, split
8 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon whipping cream

Stir together first 3 ingredients until sugar is dissolved; set aside 2 tablespoons mixture.

Brush cut sides of ladyfingers evenly with remaining coffee mixture.

Stir together mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and chocolate syrup until blended. Spoon or pipe mascarpone cheese mixture evenly onto 24 cut sides of ladyfinger halves; top with remaining ladyfinger halves, cut sides down.

Microwave chocolate morsels, butter and cream at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted, stirring twice. Place chocolate mixture in a small heavy-duty zip-top bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and drizzle over eclairs. Lest stand until firm.

Stir together reserved coffee mixture and remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, stirring until blended. Place coffee-powdered sugar mixture in small heavy duty zip-top bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Drizzle eclairs evenly with coffee-powdered sugar mixture.

Place on a serving platter and dazzle your guests with this rich and amazing Italian fusion dessert.

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Truffle said...

What a fabulous combination of flavours and a great way to enjoy the best of two fantastic desserts. Thanks for sharing :)

Tulip said...

I have got to try this one, eclairs and tiramisu...two of my favourite desserts!!! Thanks for posting this recipe!

Tulip said...

Elclairs and tiramisu, my two favourite desserts, I have got to try these, thanks for sharing it with us! said...

Hi Mansi!
This is a GREAT recipe!
Southern Living magazine is a fun source for food & travel.

Your blog looks delicious! Good Job!
I added your site to my blogroll at

I'm really looking forward to learning more about Indian food from you!

Mansi said...

Ladybanana, try this recipe even if you have to fast for 2 days!! it'll be worth it:)

Sulphur Springs, thanks for the compliments; i'll try living upto it!

Truffle/Tulip - sharing is what makes food more enjoyable, right?!

Shella said...

Hey Mansi
I've heard about this tiramisu thing, but never had it. N I really wonder, how something like a bhindi will taste in a sweetdish. Can you pls comment on this?

Mansi said...

Shella, welcome to my site:)
"Ladyfingers" in this recipe are light and sweet sponge cakes roughly shaped like a large, fat finger, coated in espresso and mascarpone cheese. they r cookies shaped like a bhindi, not the bhindi or okra that we is just name given to this italian cookies b'coz of their looks:)

and u cannot have tiramisu without these!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG...OMG...OMG!! Tiramisu and Chocolate! which of the two is the bigger evil...I dont know! U live only once, and I believe in making the most of it :)

Doubt - When u say cream cheese, do u mean the sandwich cheese spread?

Mansi said...

Hi there! yes, cream cheese is the same as what you use on your bread, EXCEPT that for desserts, you should use the unsalted version. You can use Philadelphia or Kraft, or any other local cream cheese found in grocery stores or trader Joe's, without salt or any other additional herbs or spices.

Sometimes you can find this in the special cheese section, along with sweet-kind of cheese, generally mascarpone.

hope this helps! do let me know how it goes when you try this recipe:)