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First Tiramisu Attempt… Failed :P


I have no more reason to postpone making tiramisu because the Savoiardi (Lady fingers) packet I bought long time ago is expiring end of this month. Hehe

So over the weekend, I made my first tiramisu following the recipe from the Savoiardi packet itself.



I wouldn’t recommend this recipe to anyone. I have to be very generous when building my Tiramisu – read: not enough cream.

Another reason why I’ve been putting tiramsiu on hold is because of the exorbitant price of mascarpone cheese.



At RM19.90 per tub I think I would just buy ready-made tiramisu from cafes. But of course the joy of whipping one myself is enough to cover the ‘stingy’ side of me. Supermarket price is over RM20++. I bought mine at baking supplies shop.

I can tell you it’s not gonna be ‘authentic’ tiramisu even before I begin. Because I have no espresso (strong coffee)!!! I use normal coffee powder. Kekeke

Psst… can someone tell me where to buy espresso powder?

Anyway I have a good time building my tiramisu.


Start with spreading a layer of cream (consist of mascropone+egg white+egg yolk+sugar) in a beautiful plate.


Soak the lady fingers very quickly into espresso+kahlua. Arrange nicely.


Continue building your tiramisu pyramid. Haha





Higher! higher!


This is the highest I can go. I have enough cream left to cover the top. Oh gosh the side look sloppy.

Chill in the fridge for few hours.

This is the final deal…


Chocolate shavings was too little. I have no more patience. I want to try now! Haha

The taste was not bad actually except as I mentioned earlier, no coffee taste BUT still it has that distinct tiramisu smell. And I find the lady fingers too soggy. Is it suppose to be like that?

Overall I would deem this as failed! What ya know? I still have 1/2 packet of lady fingers left and 10 more days to go. Another tiramisu?

Surprisingly, the plate was wiped clean in just 2 seatings. Yes, perhaps another tiramisu. πŸ™‚ Hmm if only I know where to get the espresso powder and Italian Vermouth (worst case use kahlua).

Btw dear readers, do you know I have a new blog? It’s a food blog called Messy Witchen. I figured it’s easier to blog what I cook, bake & eat rather than document recipes in a spreadsheet. Remember to visit me there too ya for latest recipe & makan makan place. πŸ˜‰

You must be wondering why I didn’t put this post in Messy Witchen? Well, because this is a failed attempt. Malu lar. Hahaha

p/s: Photos were taken in fading evening lights, RAW mode. After some tweaking in Lightroom and Photoshop, this is what you get. Not bad huh?

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23 Comments

  • Reply tekkaus October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Say no more! Say no more! :angry: You make me so hungry!

  • Reply swee October 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    i like your photos lah!! jeles i also wan buy dslr :grrr:

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Tekkaus, wah really? either the photos are that good or you’re really hungry la. I hope it’s the first one. Haha tak malu me.

    Swee, to ceh to ceh. Come join the club la. Choose Nikon ya. Hehe at least I got gang la.

  • Reply keeyit October 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Trying ma.. not bad la…

    Next time will be better.. Jia you…

  • Reply foongpc October 21, 2009 at 12:24 am

    It’s a good first attempt! There’s always a first time for everything – my motto. Haha!

    I feel like having a tiramisu cake now!

  • Reply Dawn October 21, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Hey not bad looking at all. Espresso powder I suppose you could go into a Starbucks and ask if you can buy a 1/2 lb espresso, have them ground them super fine. The Starbucks or Caribou does it for me here.

  • Reply peteformation October 21, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Looks good and yummy. I love creamy food!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 21, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Keeyit, hehe ya ya. Jia you. πŸ˜€

    Foongpc, ya and also never try never know ya. Go have one. πŸ™‚

    Dawn, I got think of getting from Starbucks…but $$ kaching hahaha I wonder supermarket ada espresso poweder ka. But then need the espresso maker?

    Peteformation, oh then tiramisu is ideal for you.

  • Reply xin October 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    looks nice leh!!!! will we ever get the chance to taste it? :drool:

  • Reply Bengbeng October 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    it was the first time. try again. it will come out better as we all learn from the mistakes we make

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 22, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Xin, haha no lo. Sudah sapu. :tongue:

    Bengbeng, yeah learn from mistakes. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn October 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t know about supermarkets, but here supermarket sell their store brand or some cheaper espresso beans. We self-serve, ground them to our needs and we use a french-press to make espresso – espresso maker $$$, but my hubby use the coffee maker we have at home. Confectoinary shops should sell them, no?

  • Reply Neo October 23, 2009 at 12:48 am

    2nd time, u keep some for me ok. :hug:

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 23, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Dawn, I remember browsing through the hypermarket aisles but were unable to find. Maybe I need to go to supermarket like Cold Storage. Ohh now I remember my dad has the french-press thingy. But not sure where he puts it. Need to find quickly coz time is running out! haha and of course the espresso powder. Worst case just buy from Starbucks.

    Neo, if sedap I will sapu all wor.

  • Reply lex October 23, 2009 at 10:57 am

    go to ampang grocer or cold storage in great eastern mall… they have most ingredients…

  • Reply jam October 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I misread tiramisu for tsunami :laughing: Anyway, looks delicious!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 25, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Lex, yeah maybe I’ll go to Cold Storage but by then the lady fingers already due. (still can eat kua)

    Jam, :laughing: haha

  • Reply J2Kfm October 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    yeah, very cool photos. one advantage of shooting in RAW is the more control over the lighting, shades, shadows n such.
    but lazy to do the post-processing part. πŸ™‚

    try again, and hope to see your creation over at Messy Witchen.

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    J2Kfm, thanks. πŸ™‚ Most of the time I’m lazy. Hahaha First I need to get my tooth fix. :tongue:

  • Reply Mizz Sharon October 31, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Awhh..
    I suck at baking, so erm.. Try again?
    But hey, love those Chinese cookies thingy on your sidebar.
    Believe it or not, I havn’t eaten those in a year already. =(

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Mizz Sharon, Hi :wave: yes I will try again. You can make those cookies come this CNY. πŸ™‚ You’re coming back to Malaysia right?

  • Reply blais3rd March 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Can you tell me where I can get the Savoiardi cookies? I’ve been searching for them for a long time…

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

      I got them from Bagus. I’ve seen them at other baking supplies shop as well. Not really difficult to find them these days.

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