Tiramisu Brownies combine a cakey brownie base, spongy ladyfinger cookies, strong coffee and creamy mascarpone for a portable bar version of everyone’s favorite classic Italian dessert.
Last week I got a text from my friend Erin asking if I’d like to join her for a weight training class.
In true Jamie fashion, I proceeded to ask her no less than 152 questions about the class. Everything from the location and class size, down to the overall temperature of said class, was covered before I agreed to join her.
You see, I’m not much into group exercise. I think that ship sailed when I was in high school and tried to take a step aerobics class at a local gym.
Let’s just say I missed the step, causing my little step tower to crumble under my feet and I fell straight on my butt.
As of last week, my exercise routine consisted of two days of Pilates and very sporadic rides on my Peloton bike.
After attending this weight training class, I could barely walk the two days following because my butt was so sore.
Like, it was so bad I popped a couple of Advil TWICE in one day, and I am not a medicine taker.
But I totally made it through the entire class and even signed up for the whole month of June. I’ll keep you posted.
It might not be January, but I’m always up for trying a new routine. Who knows, another class like that and I may replace my high school trauma with a whole new nightmare.
In the meantime, I’ll be over here trying not to eat the calories I burned in Tiramisu Brownies, but trust, I’ll be tempted.
Tiramisu is up there with my favorite desserts. It’s not quite cheesecake level, but since it’s got that pudding-y texture, with lots of coffee flavor, you know I’m a fan.
You might be wondering if combining brownie batter and lady fingers works. It SO works, guys.
Add in that delectable Tiramisu creamy, coffee goodness, and these brownies are something truly special.
WHY I LOVE TIRAMISU
I can clearly remember the first time I ever had tiramisu. It was at a birthday celebration my parents arranged for me after their divorce.
My parents handled themselves with a great deal of grace following their divorce and made sure we all were able to celebrate special moments together.
Everyone, including my now stepmom, sat down to a meal at Buca di Beppo. We passed family style plates of spaghetti and salad and finished our meal with a huge bowl of tiramisu.
It was literally love at first bite.
Even though I was in high school then, I can still recall the way that first bite of tiramisu made me feel.
The creamy, slightly tangy mascarpone cheese, the rich coffee, the spongy lady fingers – it was pure deliciousness and comfort.
Tiramisu Brownies are another fun and modern twist on this classic dessert. They still have all the familiar flavors – mascarpone cheese, dark chocolate, lady fingers and dark, Italian-roast coffee, but they’re in bar form, so they’re totally portable and perfect for parties and potlucks.
HOW TO MAKE TIRAMISU BROWNIES
One of the best things about Tiramisu Brownies is that they look as lovely as they taste. The cakey brownies, ladyfingers, and mascarpone topping make three beautiful layers when the brownies are sliced.
After making the brownie batter, add all but 1 cup of it to the prepared pan.
A layer of ladyfingers is placed on top. Go ahead and very lightly press the cookies into the brownie batter before brushing them with strong Italian or espresso roast coffee.
Once you mix together the mascarpone topping, pour it over the ladyfingers and top with spoonfuls of the remaining brownie batter. Use a toothpick to lightly swirl the spoonfuls of brownie batter into the mascarpone topping.
After baking, the brownie and mascarpone layers will swirl together amidst the ladyfingers. Once sliced, you’ll reveal the ladyfingers and the brownie base.
Pack up these Tiramisu Brownies for a summer picnic, take them to a BBQ, or enjoy them on your back deck by yourself.