Green Tea Tiramisu Recipe

EDIT: 05/06/11
I really wanted more green tea flavor so I went ahead and revised the recipe to make the mascarpone mixture green.  All I did was add one cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of matcha powder to the mix in the recipe below.  It resulted in a creamier, slightly less sweet tiramisu with more green tea punch!

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My friend Keeka recently introduced me to a fantastic sushi bar in Vegas called Oyshi Sushi.  It is hands down THE best all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant I've ever been to.  For $26 (lunch is $21) you get unlimited sushi and rolls from the bar and unlimited appetizers off the dinner menu (soup, salad, tempura, baked mussels, potstickers, agedashi tofu, beef & chicken skewers, etc.)  But the absolute highlight of the meal is the dessert.  You get a choice of mochi ice cream, red bean or green tea ice cream, creme brule trio (vanilla, chocolate, and green tea), vanilla berry parfait, or green tea tiramisu.  Well because of my obsession with green tea and tiramisu you can guess what I went with.

And O-M-G was it the best choice ever.  Total creamy, dizzying, green tea goodness.  Here's a snapshot with my iphone which totally does not capture the delicate perfection of this little cake.

For days and weeks after I've been fantasizing about this tiramisu so I finally decided to make my own!  I know this is a beauty blog but I just couldn't resist posting this recipe -- I know many of my readers are green tea lovers as well.  And this recipe is so so simple -- just a 5 minute prep time -- the hardest part is finding the ingredients!

What you'll need:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup of mascarpone cheese
  • 2 packs of lady fingers
  • 1 1/2 tbsp green tea powder
  • 3/4 cup water

Okay so the only problem with this recipe is the ingredients are really expensive and that's if you can even find them!  I paid $4 per container of mascarpone cheese, $3 per pack for the lady fingers, and $10 for a small bag of green tea powder.  Now if you want cheaper/easier to find alternatives you can replace the mascarpone with cream cheese, the lady fingers with pound cake, and for the green tea powder you can grind up the contents of a green tea bag.  BUT it will definitely not taste as good.  Also I made a triple layer tiramisu -- you can cut down the ingredients by 1/3 and make it a double layer.

On to the steps!

1) Boil the water in a saucepan and dissolve half the sugar.  Remove from heat and wisk into the bowl containing the green tea powder.

2) In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and the other half of the sugar.  Then fold in the mascarpone cheese.

3) Dip the lady fingers in the green tea mixture and arrange in a baking dish -- you can use round or square -- whichever you prefer.

4) Evenly spread the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.

5) Repeat step 3 and place another layer of green tea dipped lady fingers over the mascarpone mixture. 

6) And one more time for your triple layers!

7) Cover tightly with a layer of plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours.

8) Dust the top of the tiramisu with green tea powder.  Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: The Oyshi Sushi version used green tea flavored mascarpone mixture -- you can add matcha powder to the mascarpone to make it a green tea colored/flavored cream.


Jessica said...

oh my goodness thank you so much for posting this recipe ^^ my mom -loves- tiramisu and green tea...i can't wait to surprise her with this on mother's day!

MEOW said...

thanks for sharing the recipe!!!
materials for making tiramisu is always really $$ i remember making it when i was younger.. the cost of the materials is more than buying a store made cake :P but its fun making it! :)

Austin said...

O-M-G gurrrrl! Look at you gettin' all doh-mes-tick!!!

Kathlynn said...

thanks for postin, i will most likely find a day to try this recipe out. in fact, ive just baked green tea cupcakes with green tea cream cheese frosting! yummeh!

I heart green tea! :)

MissKatv said...

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