Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Chai Tiramisu

Published on May 15, 2009 by   ·   51 Comments Pin It
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This Chai Tiramisu serves 12, but you may need to eat the entire thing yourself, depending on where you are in your Menstrual cycle.   If there is something better than sex, we think we’ve found it in this recipe. Jason Wyrick, the executive Chef and publisher of The Vegan Culinary Experience (the world’s only vegan culinary magazine) graciously shared his prowess in the baking arena with us.

Ingredients

The Ladyfingers::

  • 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of finely ground turbinado sugar
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 2 servings of prepared EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 1 cup of soy creamer
  • ¾ cup of sweet agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp. of canola oil

The Sweet Cream::

  • 1 1/2 cups of soy cream cheese
  • 8 oz. of firm silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup of sweet agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup of finely ground turbinado sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of agar agar
  • ¼ cup of soy creamer

The Chai::

  • 2 cups of strongly brewed black masala chai

The Garnish::

  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. of ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. of ground fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of cocoa powder

Instructions

Time to Prepare: 2 hours (includes 1hour and 30 minutes of time for the ingredients to set)

Making the Sweet Cream::
Whip all of the sweet cream ingredients together in a food processor until they are thoroughly combined. strong. Simmer this on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Chill it for at least an hour.

Making the Ladyfingers::

Combine the dry ingredients together. Prepare the EnerG Egg Replacer in the ladyfinger section. Mix this with all the wet ingredients. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry mix. Load a pastry bag with the batter. Pipe the batter into 3″ long, 1″ wide cookies, leaving about a 1″ space between each cookie. Bake these on 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Option: Do not pipe the batter, but fill a rectangular cake pan with the batter about 1″ high and bake the cake for 25 minutes.

Assembling the Tiramisu::

Brew the chai tea. Mix the spices together and set them aside. Dunk each ladyfinger in the chai tea for about 3 seconds. Line the bottom of a baking dish with the lady fingers. Lightly brush them with a little chai. Spread about 1/2″ of the sweet cream on top of the lady fingers. Repeat this process, making another layer of lady fingers and sweet cream. Sprinkle the spice mix over the top layer of sweet cream. Chill the tiramisu for at least 30 minutes.

Kitchen Equipment

  • 3 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl for the egg replacer
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl for the spice mix
  • Whisk
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Pastry Bag
  • Sifter
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Tea Pot
  • Tea Ball
  • Cup to brew the tea
  • Food Processor

Presentation

Lay a cinnamon stick on top of the plated tiramisu and garnish the edge of the plate with a bit of extra cinnamon and cardamom and the top of the tiramisu with a few chocolate chips or cacao nibs.

Time Management

Start the sweet cream before making the ladyfingers because the sweet cream should finish chilling about ten minutes after the ladyfingers come out of the oven.   Of course, you can save about twenty minutes of labor and a lot of clean-up by doing the cake instead of the ladyfingers.

Where to Shop

Agave nectar can be purchased at Sprouts, Whole Foods, Central Market, Trader Joe’s, and most other stores that cater to vegetarians.   The egg replacer, soy creamer, and soy cream cheese can also be purchased at most of these stores.  Agar agar can be purchased at Whole Foods and most Asian markets, and will be markedly less expensive at an Asian market.   Silken tofu is the kind that comes in the box is readily available. The rest of the ingredients should be available on most baking aisles.   Approximate cost per serving is $1.00.

How It Works

The ladyfinger recipe is a basic sponge cake recipe with extra flour and cooked long enough to become a cookie instead of a cake.   For the sweet cream, the fat of the soy cream cheese carries most of the flavor as well as giving the cream a flavor reminiscent of mascarpone cheese.   The tofu binds everything together and the agave nectar and soy creamer add sweetness while keeping the cream from becoming too dense.   The agar agar provides the final binder, ensuring that the sweet cream has a little stiffness to it.   The spice mix added to the top is a powdered mix of basic masala chai spices.

Chef’s Notes

I’m torn between the traditional coffee and rum tiramisu and the chai tiramisu as to which is my favorite!

Interesting Facts

The Italian name for ladyfingers is savoiardi. Tiramisu is a recent invention in the culinary world, probably dating from the early 1970s.

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Readers Comments (51)

  1. Jade says:

    YUM! This sounds delicious.

  2. kimsy says:

    Yummers :) Can’t wait to try it soon!

  3. Jenith says:

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  4. Eric Milano says:

    Yeah, um, what exactly are vegans “giving up” again? Stuff like this keeps making me forget!

  5. brook says:

    this is what i mean when i talk about food porn, people. it makes me wanna do obscene things. YUM! healthy and delish! i am in love.

  6. Oh this sounds so AMAZING!!!
    I agree with Eric, vegans have all the fun :)

  7. Emily says:

    i would do anything to have this in front of me right now!

  8. I know a boy who wants to eat this. He is me. Make it for me. Now.

  9. jenni says:

    i am SO going to make this tonight. actually, let’s be real, i am going to hand the recipe to my partner to make for me.

  10. This looks amazing. I have seen this recipe but never have attempted it. yet!

  11. Jeanie says:

    This is amaaaaazing!!! Ever since I went vegan eight years ago I’ve been craving tiramisu but just never found a recipe I liked. When I gave up coffee last fall it became even harder to find such a recipe. This looks perfect!!! Thank you so much.

  12. Chrissie Eden Vazquez says:

    ::drool:: I might make this and match it against my hubby’s aunt’s homemade Italian style Tiramisu and see who wins. Because I’m competitive like that…and a fat girl on the inside, so I just want to have to taste both!

  13. Bambi Weavil says:

    OMG, thank you, food lust!

    XO,
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