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An easy cream dessert made the tiramisu way – with sponge fingers soaked in coffee-baileys mixture, and Baileys creme diplomat instead of mascarpone cream mixture.
A few days back, I wanted to try making some tiramisu, but I just couldn’t get hold of any mascarpone cheese! It seems like both mascarpone and cream cheese are the highly sought after ingredients these days.
So, not giving up, I wondered about how to still make a dessert that is similar to the tiramisu. Then I remembered the creme diplomat, which turned out so delicious that I was so glad I gave it a try!
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What Ingredients Do I Need for The Baileys Cream Dessert?
- Whole Milk: You can use either UHT or fresh milk, as long as it is not skimmed / low fat milk.
- Caster Sugar
- Top Flour
- Unsalted Butter: I like to use a good brand of butter when it is non-baked dessert, eg Elle & Vire.
- Sponge Finger Biscuit
- Instant Coffee: Do not use 2-in-1 or 3-in-1. I am using Nescafe. You can also use Espresso.
- Dairy Whipping Cream: Use dairy cream that is at least 35% fats.
How to Make This Dessert?
This is a simple no-bake dessert. You will just need to:
- Cook pastry cream from scratch – scald the milk, whisk 1/2 portion into egg and sugar mixture, cook till thicken. Whisk in butter.
- Whip dairy cream on high to almost stiff peaks.
- Combine the pastry cream and whipped cream. Add in Baileys here.
- Make coffee syrup and soak the sponge finger biscuit.
- Layer with diplomat cream and sponge finger biscuit.
- Finish by dusting with good quality cocoa powder!
While the pastry cream steps may seem lengthy, it is actually very easy to make the pastry cream from scratch, in under 10 mins with just eggs, sugar, flour and milk.
The steps are quite easy, and you just have to be careful while whipping the dairy cream. Make sure you don’t over-whip the cream. You will know that you over-whipped the cream when it separates and curdles. If that happens, you will have to whip a new batch of cream again.
What Is Creme Diplomat?
It is a simple cream mixture, which uses pastry cream as the base, and lightened with whipped cream. It is often used to fill French cakes or entremets. Some bakers also use cream diplomat to fill cream puffs or eclairs.
The ratio for this recipe uses slightly lesser cream, and I like the slightly denser mouthfeel here. If you prefer otherwise, you can certainly use 120-150g of whipping cream instead of 90g. You will then have a softer and lighter cream mixture. (There will be extra cream left)
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How Does This Taste Like?
The texture of the cream is not too heavy. I do like this slightly dense mouthfeel, spiked with Baileys! This has a custard taste compared to the real Tiramisu. So do not skip the Baileys, as I think that it will enhance the taste.
Okay, I’ll be honest – I placed a small tub of this in my workplace’s fridge and in between stressful work, I sneaked a few mouthfuls of the cream dessert! LOL! SO NICE!
Is This Dessert Easy To Make?
I made this dessert just in one night! You will need about an hour or so, from the start to the end.
If you want it to be quicker, you can prepare the pastry cream a day before making of this dessert.
If you’re new to whipping up dairy whipping cream, take a look at the Notes in the recipe for some tips 🙂
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