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Tiramisu - how far ahead

Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 08:16 AM

I'll be serving tiramisu on Christmas day and I'm wondering if it would suffer too much if I make it today (Wednesday). I would normally make it just a day ahead, but I find myself with some free time this afternoon and it would be great to get it off my list. Any suggestions? The one I make has a custard base, combined with cream cheese and ricotta, dry ladyfingers brushed with espresso.

  1. Cherylptw Dec 23, 2009 10:17 AM

    Yes, you can make it today and it will be well chilled..

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    1. re: Cherylptw
      Val55 Dec 23, 2009 12:40 PM

      I have even frozen them.

      1. re: Val55
        Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 12:51 PM

        Argh - thanks all. I got distracted this afternoon and made some hazelnut meringue cookies instead (had leftover egg whites). But now I'm grappling with a bigger question: my regular quasi-classic tiramisu or lemoncello tiramisu? How to decide???

        Either way, I'll be making it tomorrow.

        1. re: Nyleve
          bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 12:59 PM

          Ooh, limoncello is all the rage this year, but I wonder how many people have actually tasted it yet; maybe your guests have not and would like to.

          1. re: bushwickgirl
            millygirl Dec 23, 2009 02:58 PM

            Ohhh limoncello tiramisu!!! Perfect, I think that's what I'll serve for my new year's day dinner along with seafood pot pie. Does that sound like a good match? Does anybody have a tried and true recipe to share? I've just done a quick search and some suggest pound cake, while others use the traditional ladyfingers. Thoughts/comments?

            1. re: millygirl
              bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 03:12 PM

              I'm kind of traditional, so I like the ladyfingers. Here's a link for what appears to be a very nice limoncello tiramisu with marscapone, from Lidia Bastianich:


              1. re: bushwickgirl
                Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 03:38 PM

                That's the one I was looking at.

                1. re: bushwickgirl
                  Chocolatechipkt Jan 2, 2010 05:28 PM

                  I've been looking at that one too. I made trad. tiramisu for Christmas, but I'm thinking the limoncello would be good in the spring. :)

            2. re: Nyleve
              sunflwrsdh Dec 23, 2009 03:09 PM

              Limoncello tiramisu sounds great, but I think if I were trying to decide on a winter dessert, I would lean more toward the regular quasi-classic one; limoncello seems more summery to me. (Although delicious any time, and I love the idea of it in tiramisu)

              1. re: sunflwrsdh
                Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 03:39 PM

                Also my thoughts. Lemon=spring/summer. Chocolate-coffee=winter. Still undecided.

                1. re: Nyleve
                  Cherylptw Dec 23, 2009 03:45 PM

                  Citrus fruit flavors are also for winter; they brighten up heavy dishes and make them interesting...since you're doing this for a day with lots of food, I'd go with the lemon but don't take my word for it. Check out the Sunkist website

                  1. re: Nyleve
                    bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 03:45 PM

                    What else are you serving? if it's a fairly rich meal, you may want something light and fruity at the end, but otherwise nothing beats the combo of chocolate and coffee, IMO.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl
                      Nyleve Dec 23, 2009 04:17 PM

                      Actually - this isn't for a typical Christmas dinner. We're a bunch of Jews just having a party. My son will be making his outstanding thin-crust pizza; I may make some stuffed mushrooms; friends are bringing stuff - I don't know what. It's a graze-a-thon. The tiramisu is dessert, but might not be the only dessert. We'll drink too many martinis, probably.

                      1. re: Nyleve
                        bushwickgirl Dec 24, 2009 03:02 AM

                        Chocolate, then.
                        Have a great time!

                        1. re: bushwickgirl
                          Nyleve Dec 24, 2009 04:27 AM

                          Good call! I'll save the lemon for another occasion.

                          1. re: Nyleve
                            millygirl Dec 24, 2009 07:55 AM

                            Okay now that Nyleve is all settled, back to me....
                            Seriously though, I'm thinking of doing the limencillo tiramisu for nyd dinner. A number in my group prefer not to have chocolate at night (drag, I know, but I sympathize with them) and since my main is quite rich - seafood pot pie, I thought the lemon might be nice.
                            Does this sound good?

                            1. re: millygirl
                              bushwickgirl Dec 24, 2009 08:00 AM

                              Anything lemon and light-ish but flavorful after a seafood pot pie would be perfect.

                              1. re: bushwickgirl
                                millygirl Dec 24, 2009 08:03 AM

                                Thanks bushwickgirl, I needed to hear that :) Merry christmas.

                                1. re: millygirl
                                  bushwickgirl Dec 24, 2009 09:01 AM

                                  Ooh, I'm glad everyone's happy, Merry Christmas to you!

                                2. re: bushwickgirl
                                  sunflwrsdh Dec 26, 2009 04:25 PM

                                  Completely agree....lemon tiramisu after seafood pot pie=great in any season!

                                3. re: millygirl
                                  Nyleve Dec 24, 2009 06:37 PM

                                  You should totally do it and then let us know how it turned out. I'm still thinking about that one - although today I made the regular chocolate/coffee kind. Another time the lemon one would be fantastic, I think.

              2. bushwickgirl Dec 23, 2009 09:56 AM

                A few days ahead of time is ok. So today for Christmas would be fine. Cross it off your list.

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