Sweet Peach Tea Tiramisu

by Heather on June 27, 2011

If you’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks you have probably noticed my recent crazy obsession with sweet tea.

And if you haven’t, then there you have it:  I’m currently obsessed with the stuff!  It’s kind of a yearly ritual:  start drinking hot tea and coffee in late September/early October and then around the beginning of April I turn to sweet black tea.  It’s heavenly!

 

Recently I’ve been loving it with peaches in it too (yes, real live peaches!), and when it came to making something sweet peach tea inspired I couldn’t un-think about tiramisu.  This one’s going to rock your face, I promise.

The thing is the marscapone makes all the difference in the world, and you really should use savoiardi cookies instead of the softer ladyfinger cookies that some stores sell.  Y’all, this is not the time to make your own ladyfingers.  Let the store do some of the work for you…you’ll appreciate it!

So basically we all know the traditional tiramisu (remember, it means “pick me up”!) – ladyfingers, espresso, rum, shaved chocolate, marscapone cheese, cocoa powder.  It’s my favorite non-lemon-bar dessert, and I could and would eat it every day if possible.  But we’re just playing a little game of switch up here with the sweet peach tea tiramisu by dipping the ladyfingers in tea and not espresso, adding some macerated peaches, and taking out the chocolate.

Now I know, I know, you don’t just take the chocolate away from someone.  We all love it.  It’s awesome.  Chocolate does reign supreme.  It’s true.

 

But I’m telling you, take a break from the chocolate for this and you won’t be disappointed.  Besides, you’ll just have more room in your diet for more chocolate later!  See?  Even Steven.

The real measure of success with this one?  Nate immediately said, “Wow sweetie, this was delicious” immediately after putting his spoon down.  Not that he doesn’t always tell me the stuff I make is good, but if it’s an immediately verbal reaction?  Well, let’s just say it’s JUST THAT GOOD.

SWEET PEACH TEA TIRAMISU

(based on this traditional tiramisu recipe)

  • 3 cups black tea (full caffeine or decaf, your choice) sweetened slightly with sugar or stevia and cooled
  • 2 8-oz containers marscapone cheese
  • 5 eggs, divided
  • 14 oz savoiardi cookies (firm ladyfingers, which I found on the cookie aisle at Whole Foods)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 peaches, washed and cut into bite-size chunks

First make the marscapone mixture:  Whisk the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar until you obtain a creamy light mixture. Add the mascarpone to the egg mixture and whisk together well, making sure it’s free of lumps.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites, pinch of salt, and another 1/4 cup of sugar, until they reach a soft peaks consistency, then add them to the mascarpone mixture.  Mix the peaches with the final 1/4 cup of sugar (or, if they’re extremely ripe, you can eliminate the sugar here).  Dip the ladyfingers very quickly into the cooled tea mixture, then line the bottom of a 9×13 dish with them.  Top the bottom layer of cookies with 1/2 of the marscapone mixture.  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the peaches.  Make another layer of ladyfingers dipped in tea, then the other half of the marscapone, then the final layer of peaches.  If you have a few cookies left, crumble them on top.  Refrigerate for 3+ hours and then serve!

I’m telling you guys, perfect summer desserts will almost always include peaches…time to jump on that train!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julia June 27, 2011

Tiramisu is my favorite bar dessert too! Changing it up with peaches and sweet tea, what a great idea!

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2 Mrs. Fish June 27, 2011

Oh wow! I love this makeover of tirasmisu, so perfect for summer!

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3 Chad @ thebreakupnote June 27, 2011

shhhh don’t let my wife see this or it’s all I’ll ever make…

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4 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 27, 2011

Amazingness

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5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 27, 2011

I am ALL about getting back into the sweet tea swing of things now that we’re moving to Alabama– I forgot how good it is!!! This dessert looks stunning.

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6 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 27, 2011

I love iced tea but for some reason never brew it to have at home. I need to do some and add peaches to the brew when its chilling. That sounds so good.

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7 Jessica @ How Sweet June 27, 2011

looove this twist on tiramisu!

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8 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle June 27, 2011

this sounds amazing!!!!!!!

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9 Lisa @ Life in Green June 27, 2011

wow! looks so yummy.

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10 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 27, 2011

This is one of the most creative recipes I’ve ever seen!!! Love sweet tea :)

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11 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods June 27, 2011

Love that you infused peach flavors in this dish. Genius!

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12 brandi June 27, 2011

This sounds so perfect for summer – love this twist!

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13 Urban Wife June 27, 2011

So interesting!

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14 Jackie June 27, 2011

This looks sinful! I love the sweet tea infusion. will definitely be trying this soon :)

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15 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 27, 2011

Wow, love this change-up of the usual tiramisu. great summer idea!

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16 Alexa @ Simple Eats June 27, 2011

Peaches definitely equal summer to me. This looks awesome!

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17 Julie H. June 27, 2011

Oh yummm!…. You have me wanting a ticket on that train!

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18 Stephanie @Lungesandlunch June 27, 2011

You and this treat should come to my house! I’ll put the kettle on :)

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