There are so many things I like about this dessert. 1) it's a fresh easy take on tiramisu, 2) they're miniature in little mason jars, and 3) I made them with my number 1 goon!
I'm so excited to feature one of my best friends, Revathi, in this medfeature. Revathi was one of the first people that I told about the whole medfeatures idea, and I knew that a post featuring her was long overdue. Me, her, and Andrew in particular love to be goofy goons with each other. By that I mean we dance like idiots, make ugly faces in public, and stick our finger up each others noses. When I asked her what she wanted to bake, her request was simple: something with almond, something with coconut. With spring coming, these individual jars of almond coconut tiramisu are the perfect spring dessert. Instead of ladyfingers, we used Sara Lee frozen pound cake (flashback to our childhood years, anyone??) and soaked those in coffee. Each layer of the soaked pound cake was then topped with a coconut cream, and the entire thing was topped with an almond whipped cream along with sliced almonds and shredded coconut. After staying overnight in the fridge, the whole thing melds together and creates a perfect creamy bite just like in regular tiramisu, but even better because it tastes like springtime. The recipe is below, but before that, here is my interview with this beautiful woman.
An interview with Revathi:
Where are you from, and where did you go to undergrad?
Fort FUN... *awkward silence*... Fort Wayne. And I went to NOTRE DAME (go Irish!)
What do you like to do to de-stress?
I like to hang out with friends, and eat.
What do you like to eat in particular?
Taco Bell runs are popular... if only I was cooler (LOL)
Any other things to help de-stress?
Netflix in bed. Of course when Gilmore Girls and Friends came on Netflix, I had to watch every episode.
What is the worst thing about medical school?
The worst thing was when Andrew farted on my thigh (see? we're weird)
And what is the best thing about medical school?
All of the friends I've made, because we go through all the same emotions together - whether it's happiness, or sadness, or whatever.
What is your favorite food?
Thai. I like pad thai and green curry. I don't like super hot though because I don't like getting my snot everywhere.
I'm surprised it's not Indian food!
Well I do like dosas... but then... yeah. This is why I'm a disappointment to the Kolliparas (jokes, guys, obviously)
What's your favorite dessert?
Ooo! I really like bananas foster when they light it on fire.
Revathi, I'm so glad we had a quick baking session, despite all our crazy school life. This was by far the yummiest tiramisu I've ever eaten, and the almond coconut inspiration was all you. I can't look at tiramisu the same way anymore. Thank god for your friendship, medical school would not be half as fun without you!
Individual almond coconut tiramisu
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 package of Sara Lee frozen pound cake
1 cup strong black coffee
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Sliced almonds and sweetened shredded coconut, for topping
In a chilled bowl, mix 3/4 cup of heavy cream with 1/4 cup of sugar. Whip until soft peaks form, then add in the almond extract. Whip some more, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, coconut extract, and 1/3 cup of sugar. Whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Cut the pound cake into 8 slices, then cut each slice in half. Using these pieces, dip into the coffee and then place into the bottom of the mason jar (you can use glass cups if you don't have mason jars!).
Put a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on top of the pound cake in the glass. Repeat the pound cake layer and then the cream cheese layer.
Top the tiramisu with the almond whipped cream, and then add the sliced almonds and coconut on the very top.
Cover the jars and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Share the jars with friends, or heck, you can even eat it all by yourself, no judgment here. Enjoy!