By Alexia E. B.
The word tiramisu actually means “a pick me up”.
I think that describes this cake very well, and this recipe has the extra bonus of being gluten free and sugar free, so its guilt free!!
Lets “Bake It”!!
Easy ------------- Hard
Difficulty Level: 4 spoons
Prep time 30-45 min. Cook time 25-30 min. Total time 55 min.- 1hr. 15min.
Ingredients for sponge cake:
1 cup of a gluten free flour mixture
( I use a mixture of buckwheat, brown rice, and quinoa flour plus one teaspoon of xanthan gum)
I teaspoon of baking powder
1 stick of butter (at room temperature)
½ cup of brown rice syrup
5 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Instructions for the sponge cake:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a large 13x9'' Pyrex baking dish with butter and flour with potato starch.
Beat the butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla until they become lighter in color and have a fluffy consistency. Next separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
To your butter and syrup mixture add the egg yolks and half of the flour mixture. Stir until well combined. Then gently stir in the rest of the flour and half of the egg whites. Stir in the rest of the egg whites carefully making sure to keep the air and fluffiness from the egg whites intact.
Pour the entire mixture into your baking dish and bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes.
For the Filling:
5 cups of heavy cream
½ teaspoon of stevia
Add the stevia to the liquid stage of cream. Then whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks.
½ a cup of coffee
2 cups of water
¼ teaspoon of stevia
Boil the coffee for 20 minutes with the grounds, strain and add the stevia.
Instructions on assembling the cake:
After the cake has cooled cut it in half and then again lengthwise. You should end up with 4 square pieces half as thick as your original cake. Soak each layer of sponge with the strong coffee mixture.
Then layer the whipped cream in between the cake sponge.
For a simple design you can use several mint leaves and powdered cocoa. For something more elegant however, you could melt about a half a cup of carob chips and pipe a design onto a piece of wax paper. Once it has cooled you can peel them off and place on the cake. This adds a bit of dimension and something interesting for your eye to follow.
Alexia E. B.