Monday, March 17, 2014

Grasshopper Tiramisu ♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day ♣

Delicious Grasshopper Tiramisu

I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day pass, without something delicious to share! The other night, we were invited to a St. Paddy’s day dinner party. The hostess made some wonderful dishes i.e. a delectable Carrot Soup, and a wonderful Sheppard’s Pie. One of our friends brought her traditional, mouthwatering Soda Bread. I brought dessert, sensing a pattern here? I made this wonderful Grasshopper Tiramisu, I had found in Good Housekeeping. Needless to say a wonderful and delicious night!


Did I mention I just got a new I-pad? We bought it just before we left Atlanta. So, while we drove from my son’s home to ours, I got to play and read on my new toy! My son had downloaded a few magazines for the ride home, Good Housekeeping being one of them. That’s where I found this supposedly very easy recipe!

Imagine all the possibilities…pound cake brushed with Chambord, cream mixed with raspberry flavor and red food coloring, garnished with raspberries…I’m thinking Easter!
If you can find pre-made chocolate pound cake, then this recipe is quite easy. However, none of the stores I went to had chocolate pound cake already made. When I searched for recipes (on my new toy) I found just what I was looking for on All-Recipes.  It was a pretty straightforward pound cake recipe, and it had great reviews.  I baked the cake the day before I put the Tiramisu together. It was a very dense and chocolaty pound cake…heavenly!

Luscious!
Good Housekeeping calls this recipe a ONE-SENTENCE recipe.  The Grasshopper Tiramisu: Layer in 8 inch square pan lined with plastic wrap 2 loaves of Chocolate Pound cake, cut into ½ inch thick slices and brushed with ¼ cup of Irish Creme liqueur, and a mixture 1½ cups whipped cream, 8 oz. softened cream cheese and ¼ cup confections’ sugar; chill 3 hours, then top with shaved creme de menthe thin mints.

I thought this recipe needed some clarification and tweaks! Line your 8 inch square pan with plastic wrap. Slice the pound cake into ½ inch thick slices and brush with the ¼ cup of Irish Creme liqueur.  In the bowl of your stand mixer; whip the cream cheese, whipping cream, ½ cup of confectionary sugar, a few drops of mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring. Layer starting with the brushed cake, then the cream and so on. Top with shaved Creme de Menthe thin mints…I used Andes! This was a really delicious and pretty dessert! The cream was much better, with the extra sugar and mint extract! Hope you give it a try! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!! 

Pound cake layered 
Ready for fridge...
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! Enjoy!




CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE
adapted from All Recipes.com
INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups white sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. I used 2~9x5 loaf pans.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl of stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the dissolved coffee and buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.




18 comments:

  1. OMG! Kathy, that looks wonderful. Enjoy your new toy...

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  2. You can bring that dessert to my house any time you want, Kathy. It looks amazing!!! I don't see chocolate pound cake very often but when I do, I will definitely be making this yumminess!!!

    Congrats on your new "toy" Kathy! I keep hemming an hawing about either getting an iPhone or iPad. My grand-daughter wants me to get an iPhone so she can face time me, lol...(she's eleven:)

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

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  3. Kathy, Your cake looks fantastic. A Wow! I have an IPad that just sits in the drawer. If I get it out and play around with it, will I make a cake like that??? I appreciate the very clear instructions. I like Andes mints and if they weren't so calorie-laden, I would have Grasshoppers more often. This looks like a delicious cake for a special celebration. Thanks for making this. Now, gotta run and pull out my IPad and see if it bakes cakes and biscotti.

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  4. What a creative idea - I want to see your raspberry version, too! Your dinner party sounds delightful - glad you had fun!

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  5. Wow, Kathy, I wish I would have seen your post before...they always have chocolate pound cakes at our local grocery supermarket, the Entenmann brand is actually a very, very good brand that I buy sometimes. Even their cookies are very good.

    Love your version, as a different kind of Tiramisu. Drooling, and soo good for sure!

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  6. This might be my favorite tiramisu that I've ever seen! Love the mint chocoalte combo!

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  7. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Wish I could have a small slice now!

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  8. What a fantastic twist on tiramisu!

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  9. Mmm this tiramisu looks so delicious :D
    Love the St Paddy's day twist!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. this Tiramisu look absolutely georgeous Kathy!:)

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  11. I knew you would whip up something amazing for St. Patrick's day! It's gorgeous and I'm sure delicious!!

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  12. Dear Kathy, A delicious dessert. I bet it was the hit of the party.
    I do love Tiramisu. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  13. This is such a delicious dessert Kathy! Congratulations for your new i-pad!

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  14. I love the name of it and the colours too, great St Patrick's day recipe.

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  15. My iPad is an extension of me! I swear, I couldn't live without it. This tiramisu grasshopper cake is quite ingenious! Bet it tasted awesome too. Thank you for stopping by my site, I love all Lebanese things and people. My father spent a fair amount of time in Beirut and he loves Lebanon. Some of my best friends have been and are Lebanese :)

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  16. My mint loving children would be thrilled with this dessert! Beautiful, Kathy!!!

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  17. Delightful! May the luck of the Irish be with you.

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  18. Kathy - I really like the additions and changes you made. I sort of don't believe there is such a thing as a one sentence recipe... I would have been suspicious, too! Your tiramisu looks wonderful - thanks for sharing! ~ David

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