This is my Southern version of Tiramisu, using a recipe for my Mamas Arkansas Sweet Bread for the ladyfingers, & making my own homemade vanilla pudding,& also making a substitute for the Mascarpone Cheese, since it was $5.00 per 8 ounce unit & I needed two of them.
My husband said it was very very good, & could not wait to get home to have more for dinner. I already have a traditional recipe for Tiramisu posted, but wanted to try a Southern version using ingredients I am familiar with, & also substituting for the Mascarpone Cheese, since it is not ALWAYS READILY AVAILABLE in small towns.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MY BAKE AND PREP TIME ARE just my guesstimates only. It may take you more or less time, than it took me. Especially if you choose to use store bought pound cake, and use the cook & serve pudding mix. The OVERNIGHT CHILL TIME IS NOT INCLUDED. This is what my mascarpone cheese substitute looked like before I put it in the fridge to be mixed with my homemade pudding.
Prepare Mama's Arkansas Sweet Bread according to instructions in recipe, except you should substitute coffee Extract for the vanilla Extract, IF AVAILABLE, other wise just use vanilla. This recipe will make 2 loaf pans 12 X 4 1/2 X 3. 1/4 inches. After cake has cooled slice into 36 slices about 1/2 inch thick. Then place on a baking sheet and toast in oven, or use a toaster oven or lay out on a large platter and let dry out. This way the dessert will not be too soggy when you add the coffee soaking liquid.Link for the cake recipe:MAMA'S ARKANSAS SWEET BREAD
MASCARPONE CHEESE SUBSTITUTE: Combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, and 1/3 cup of sour cream, the ingredients for the mascarpone Cheese into a large bowl. Then beat until smooth. After a creamy consistency is reached, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Beat until light and fluffy, then refrigerate till needed.
TO MAKE THE VANILLA PUDDING MIXTURE: YOU CAN USE THE COOK AND SERVE Jello pudding mix if desired, if you do, then omit the ingredients listed for the vanilla pudding and just follow the instructions on the box, you will probably need at least 2 boxes though.
To make the homemade version, combine 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch, dash of salt, 2 large whole eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, in a medium size bowl and blend with a whisk, then add 1/2 cup of whole milk, blend again, then set aside till needed.
Now in a medium size sauce pan, add 3 cups whole milk with 1/4 cup sugar, whisk together till blended then bring to a boil. REMOVE FROM HEAT. Then temper the egg mixture by by SLOWLY ADDING A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE HOT MILK TO THE EGG MIXTURE, ALL THE WHILE WHISKING TO BLEND. THEN ADD A LITTLE MORE HOT MILK AND STIR BRISKLY, , AND REPEAT TILL YOU HAVE ADDED ALL OF THE REMAINING HOT MILK.
AFTER YOU HAVE TEMPERED THE EGGS, POUR THE MIXTURE INTO A MEDIUM SIZE SAUCE PAN, AND PLACE OVER medium high heat, then stir till mixture begins to thicken about 5 minutes and mixture begins to coat the spoon. After it is thick remove from heat and then add the 2 tablespoons butter, and stir till melted, then add the coffee extract or vanilla, and stir to blend.Allow mixture to COOL COMPLETELY.Can place in fridge to cool faster, but place a piece of saran wrap over the pudding to prevent it from forming a skim on top while cooling.
To prepare the coffee syrup soaking mixture: Heat the water to boiling, then add in the instant coffee, sugar, armaretto and stir thourgly to blend, then after blending add the coffee liqueur and stir again. By adding the coffee liqueur lastly the coffee will have cooled down some, and hopefully will not coddle the milk in the liqueur.
ASSEMBLY: USING A 9 x 15 x2 INCH SIZE BAKING DISH. lINE THE DISH WITH A SINGLE LAYER OF THE CAKE SLICES ENOUGH TO COVER THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE baking dish.
Then with a tablespoon add at least half of the coffee syrup mixture to the cake slices, being sure to add some to each cake slice.
By now the pudding should be completely cooled, so fold the pudding into the bowl with the mascarpone cheese, then blend it well together. Pour half of the pudding/cheese mixture over the cake slices, smooth out evenly. Now dust with cocoa, and then add enough shaved chocolate to cover the layer.
Now repeat by adding the remaining cake slices on top of pudding/cheese mixture. Then spoon the coffee syrup mixture over the cake till all has been used. Now top with the remaining cheese/pudding mixture, then dust lightly with cocoa powder.
Add additional shaved chocolate if desired.
Cover tightly with saran wrap. REFRIGERATE AT LEAST 6-8 HOURS, OR PREFERABLY OVER NIGHT. THEN CUT AND SERVE, TOP WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES IF DESIRED. You are really going to love this one, it is sooo good, slightly sweet, and has lots of flavor.