Vimto-flavoured small-batch eggless Tiramisu without mascarpone cheese.
VIMTO. You either love it or hate it. But this Ramadan, I have come to enjoy this drink like never before. I can't pinpoint a moment that defined my transition from hater to lover, but as F said, it is an acquired taste and I am now VIMTOed!
I made this VIMTO Tiramisu for our fourth wedding anniversary. The days before the actual date, I had so many ideas whirling in my head but this Tiramisu was not one of them! 😝 This happened because that day my cooking gas got over and I was left with no choice but to make a no-bake dessert. #problemsoflivinginYanbu
I dusted the Tiramisu with cocoa powder using a heart shaped stencil I made using a paper. We scooped a little for iftar and saved the rest for later only to have all of it for Suhoor. 😜
What is VIMTO made of?
If you are new to VIMTO, it is a fruit cordial made with berries and sugar. It smells and tastes like the tonic we used to have as kids and hence many dislike this even before tasting it.
Vimto Eggless Tiramisu
Eggless Tiramisu is the EASIEST dessert that you can make ahead in any quantity. This VIMTO Tiramisu reminded me of Black Forest cake, maybe because of the flavours in it. So if you are a VIMTO hater, but have a bottle because you live in Gulf, 😛 try making this for a change and you may love it.
- cream cheese: you can use either the block or spread for this recipe.
- whipping cream
- labneh: I always have labneh stock but you can replace this with greek yoghurt or hung curd
- icing sugar
- ladyfingers or sponge fingers
- cocoa powder
How to make it?
- Prepare the mascarpone substitute with cream cheese, greek yoghurt and whipping cream.
- Dunk the ladyfingers in VIMTO and layer them on a pan.
- Spread the prepared cream cheese mix to cover the ladyfingers.
- Cling wrap and chill for 6 to 8 hours.
- Dust with cocoa powder and serve chilled.
Keeping with the spirit of the Weightloss journey, I made a very small portion of Vimto Tiramisu. This one has just one layer and hardly 5 to 6 ladyfingers and sits on a small pie pan that is 6.5" in diameter and 1.5" deep. Use this recipe to scale up to serve a larger family!
VIMTO recipe ideas
The classic way of serving VIMTO is to add chilled water with lots of ice cubes, but with a little bit of creativity, you can use VIMTO to make a plethora of desserts like this tiramisu, smoothies, mojitos, Ice Creams, Cheesecakes, etc. After this Tiramisu recipe, I also made VIMTO Chocolate Eggless Cake and VIMTO falooda Ice Cream!
Vimto Eggless Tiramisu
Mascarpone Cheese substitute
- 100 grams cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon full-fat labneh or greek yoghurt or hung curd
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons whipping cream chilled
- 2½ tablespoons icing sugar aka powdered sugar or confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon VIMTO
VIMTO Ladyfingers layer
- 5 to 6 ladyfingers aka sponge fingers
- ½ cup VIMTO berry cordial
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Prepare the Mascarpone Cheese Substitute
- Carefully mix the softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons whipping cream, labneh, and sugar in a bowl using a hand whisk ensuring not to overdo the mixing and keep refrigerated.
- In another bowl, add 3 tablespoons of whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. Approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
- Carefully fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture and keep refrigerated.
Layer VIMTO Ladyfingers
- Keep your pan ready to assemble the ladyfingers. I used a mini pie pan.
- Pour enough VIMTO into another shallow pan. Dip each ladyfinger into the VIMTO, one at a time, and arrange it to cover the base of the tiramisu pan completely. You can break one finger into smaller pieces to cover the gaps.
- Spread the prepared cream filling to cover the entire cookie layer. Cling wrap and chill for 4 to 8 hours.
Garnish before serving
- Dust the top with cocoa powder using a sieve. Optionally, you can make your stencil with paper by cutting random designs. Place it over the pan and sieve the cocoa mixture to make a beautiful pattern.