Chocolate and Coffee Tiramisu

This classic restaurant dessert is light and a greatChocolate-and-Coffee-Tiramisu make-ahead dessert to bring to friends during the busy holiday season. Breathe new life into this tried and true dessert with the crisp flavour of goat cheese in the custard.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 cup (250 mL) espresso or strong black coffee

3 tbsp (45 mL) coffee liqueur

2 sleeves (about 250 g total) saviorardi cookies (about 22 cookies)

1/3 cup (75 mL) finely grated chocolate

Goat Cheese Cream:

2 cups (500 mL) milk

3 strips lemon rind

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar

3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour

1 small log (140 g) Ontario chevre (soft, unripened goat cheese), softened

Goat Cheese Cream: In a small saucepan or microwaveable bowl, heat milk and lemon rind for about 5 minutes or until steaming. Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and flour. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Return to saucepan and cook, whisking over low heat for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in goat cheese until smooth and remove lemon strips.

In a shallow bowl, combine coffee and liqueur. Quickly dip each cookie into coffee mixture and start placing cookies in a greased 8 inch (2 L) square baking dish, continue with cookies to cover bottom, cutting cookies if necessary to fit. Pour half of the cream over top of the cookie layer. Lay another cookie layer on top. Pour any remaining coffee mixture over top.

Spread with remaining cream and sprinkle evenly with chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days until cookies are softened.

Makes 9 servings.

Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Per serving:  About 281 cal, 10 g pro, 11 g total fat (6 g sat fat), 34 g carb, 1 g fibre, 204 mg chol, 138 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 14%, calcium 11%, vit A 10%, vit C 3%

Source:  Ontario Goat Cheese (ontariogoatcheese.ca)