With St. Patrick ’s Day this month, I’d like to share a recipe that pairs with Ireland's favourite export beer, Guinness, with the famous Italian dessert, tiramisu. I like to call it, "Beeramisu."
Guinness actually pairs perfectly well with this dessert. Its hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness and roasted flavours remind me a lot of another black brew that’s more commonly used in tiramisu: coffee.
Enjoying Guinness, as it is often said, is an acquired taste, but once you acquire it, there is no other beer like it. A wise barman once said the best way to acquire a taste for Guinness is to use it in this dessert.
Guinness Beeramisu (makes 4 glasses)
1 pack (about 7 ounces), savoiardi/ladyfingers
1 can Guinness beer
3 whole fresh eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
16 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 pinch of salt
4-1/2 ounces confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4-8 raspberries (optional)
Ideally, refrigerate the Beeramisu overnight so the flavours can infuse and then have a hoppy St. Paddy's Day!
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa Pastry Chef Thomas Zimmerman has written this month's column while Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca is away.
This article appears in the March 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.