Gluten Free Nutella Tiramisu
Tiramisu is one of my (many) favorite desserts. It is so simple to make from start to finish with layers of textures and unlike many sweet treats, it does not rely on amount of sugar added to it. It has rather a low level of sweetness which enhances the other elements. It is one of the earliest posts on the blog which sort of indicates my feeling towards this particular dessert. Nutella, on the other hand, is not something I am crazy about. Please don’t abandon me for saying this out loud. I really don’t understand why people, specially kids, are so in love with it. You must be familiar with the meme that says, ” You can not make everyone happy. You are not a jar of Nutella.”
Even though I am not a huge fan but young ones in my house are and this is why I incorporate it in some recipes like Banana, Peanut Butter and Nutella Panini Sandwich, Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting, Chocolate-Hazelnut Budino, One Minute Gluten Free, Egg Free Double Chocolate Mug Cake to name a few. I would definitely agree that it is a jar full of wonderful and unlimited possibilities so here is another recipe that has Nutella.
This is a no-fail, sure-to-impress and a crowd-pleasing dessert that requires few ingredients, minimum preparation to make and lesser time to get set. Perfect, right?! Procedure is same as explained and discussed in Tiramisu and Gluten Free Tiramisu where we dip rusk/cake rusk or lady fingers in hot black coffee and layer the base of a dish and then comes a layer of cream cheese mixed with cream and brown sugar followed by another layer of coffee dipped rusk/cake rusk/lady fingers and cream cheese filling.
For this particular recipe, procedure of layering is the same as usual and the only difference is the addition of Nutella. About half a cup of Nutella is mixed with cream cheese filling to make it “Nutella Tiramisu” which changes the color of the filling as well and instead of dusting with cocoa powder to finish off the dessert, one fourth cup of Nutella is mixed with about half cup of cream cheese mix and spread as top layer. You will notice in the recipe that Nutella is mentioned as 1/2 + 1/4 cups in the ingredient list.
One thing to remember is not to soak rusk/cake rusk/ lady finger in the hot coffee for long. Be swift with the process of dipping, flipping and removing. Use forks or spoons to make it easier. Oversoaking will not only make it bitter but will also release moisture once the dessert is set plus it will be too soggy to hold its shape. Feel free to make it regular and use regular rusk/ cake rusk/ lady fingers instead of gluten free if there is no such dietary restriction in your family. I have used Homemade Cuisine’s cake rusk for the recipe. ( Not a paid advertisement or collaboration)
Another key point is to give the dessert resting time to get these layers settle. Refrigerate the tiramisu for at least two to three hours before serving. If served immediately or not given settling time, the layers will fall apart and the dessert won’t hold its shape.
Gluten Free Nutella Tiramisu
Combine two flavors that everyone like, Tiramisu and Nutella, and you have a winner dessert.
- 1½ cup cream cheese
- ½-¾ cup brown sugar
- 250 ml dairy cream
- ½+¼ cup Nutella, divided
- 3 tbsp coffee
- 2¼ cup hot water
- 18 gluten free cake rusk ( I used Homemade Cuisine's gluten free cake rusk)
Beat together cream cheese and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with electric beaters for about two minutes.
Add in cream and beat for another 30 seconds.
Add ½ Nutella and beat for additional 30-45 seconds till well incorporated.
In another deep bowl, dissolve coffee in hot water.
Dip one cake rusk in coffee and quickly flip it to moisten the other side, take out in line the serving dish in single layer. DO NOT soak, just dip and take out.
Cover coffee-dipped-cake rusk with a thick layer of cream cheese mixture.
Line another single layer of coffee dipped cake rusk, repeating step 5.
Reserve about ⅓-½ cup of cream cheese mixture. Spread the remaining mixture over moistened cake rusk.
Add remaining ¼ cup Nutella to reserved cream cheese mixture and spread as final layer of tiramisu.
Loosely cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving.