Simon Wood's Twisted Tiramisu


  • 600ml double cream
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 50ml marsala
  • 25ml Kirsch or cherry brandy
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml good fair-trade strong espresso coffee
  • 175g pack sponge ladys fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Black Cherries in Light Syrup

This is a really quick and simple dessert to wow any friends or family you may have visiting for dinner

First of all Chop your Black Cherries into small chunks

Put the cream, into a large mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks and just thickened

In another bowl add the mascarpone, Marsala, Kirsch or cherry brandy and a little of the black cherry syrup and sugar and stir together, then combine with the cream and it has the consistency of thickly whipped cream before adding in the chopped cherries.

Get your serving dish or dishes ready.

Put your espresso coffee into a shallow dish and add in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning frequently until they are nicely soaked, but not overly soggy.

Layer these into your dish or Martini glass until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the cream liquor mixture.

Using a microplane grate over some of the chocolate.

And then repeat the process, you should use up all the coffee, finishing with a creamy cherry infused layer topped with a fresh cherry

Cover and chill for a few hours or if you like overnight the day before a dinner party

To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the rest of the chocolate.