Tiramisu hearts

Mini tiramisu hearts.
Mini tiramisu hearts. Photo: Murdoch Books
Dietary
Nut-free

A recipe from the Good Food collection.

Ingredients

two 14cm × 20cm ready-made sponge cakes

1 tbsp instant coffee powder

60ml (¼ cup) boiling water

2 tbsp coffee liqueur

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Filling

1 large egg

2 tbsp icing sugar

1 tsp natural vanilla extract

150g mascarpone cheese

60ml (¼ cup) cream, whipped to soft peaks

Method

1. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm × 30cm baking tin with baking paper. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Cut each cake horizontally into three 8mm layers. Combine the coffee, boiling water and liqueur in a small bowl. Set aside to cool. Brush each of the layers with the coffee mixture.

3. To make the filling, beat the egg, sugar and vanilla in a bowl using electric beaters until pale and creamy. Fold in the mascarpone and cream.

4. Place one layer of sponge in the prepared tin and spread with one-third of the filling. Top with another layer of sponge. Spread with another one-third of the filling. Repeat with the remaining sponge and filling. Place in the freezer for 40 to 50 minutes, or until firm. Use a 4cm heart-shaped cutter to cut out 24 hearts.

5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir until the chocolate has melted. Pour onto the prepared tray. Spread to a thickness of 2mm with a spatula. Allow to set before cutting out 24 heart shapes with the cutter used for the cakes.

6. Transfer the chocolate hearts to a wire rack and dredge half with the cocoa. Place carefully on top of the petits fours. Refrigerate until needed.