Dave's Tough Nut Tiramisu

Dave's Tough Nut Tiramisu

The season of good food, good friends and getting festive is most certainly upon us! This year, you can celebrate in style with this Moonshine twist on a classic. This mouthwatering 'Tough Nut Tiramisu' was developed and shared with us by Channel 4 Bake Off Finalist dave_friday_bakes. Whether you're taking it to a party, or serving it up at home, as the finale to the perfect Christmas feast, this is one tiramisu that's bound to keep them talking all year!


For the Coffee Mixture:

• 200ml strong brewed coffee
• 60ml Tough Nut Moonshine

For the Mascarpone Filling:

• 250g Mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
• 70g soft brown sugar
• 2 tsp Vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp O’Donnell Tough Nut Moonshine
• 300ml double cream (room temperature)

For Assembling:

• 16-20 ladyfingers (homemade or shop-bought)
• Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
• Chocolate shavings (optional)


1. Brew 200 ml of strong coffee and allow it to cool. Stir in the O’Donnell Tough Nut Moonshine. Set it aside to cool completely.
2. In a large bowl, add the mascarpone, sugar, vanilla, and moonshine. Whisk on a medium to high speed until combined and thick.
3. Pour the double cream over the mascarpone mix and fold in until combined, then whisk on a medium speed until thick and aerated. Be careful not to over whisk. This step will only take a few seconds.
4. Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture briefly (don’t soak them), and then arrange a layer of dipped ladyfingers in the bottom of a serving dish.
5. Spread half of the filling mixture over the ladyfingers layer.
6. Add another layer of dipped ladyfingers on top of the filling mixture.
7. Spread the remaining filling mixture over the second layer of ladyfingers.
8. Cover and refrigerate the tiramisu for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavours to infuse and the dessert to set.
9. Before serving, dust the top of the tiramisu with unsweetened cocoa powder and garnish with chocolate shavings.
10. Enjoy your O’Donnell Tough Nut Moonshine Tiramisu!
Huge thanks to dave_friday_bakes for sharing the recipe, method and images!
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