{TWD} Madeleine batter = Tiramisu


During a short visit to NH last weekend, Ethan was excited to bring his very own Bible to church with him. On Good Friday, we took him to the local Christian book store and let him pick it out. He chose a black KJV with gold pages, giant text and those tabs that help you to navigate through each book.

It turned out to be a very special day for us. We stayed afterward for lunch and enjoyed quite an array of goodies. One such delight was tiramisu. I have always loved the idea of coffee in dessert, but never liked the cheese aspect of it.

After some research I decided to use vanilla pudding in place of the mascarpone cheese. I also wanted to make the ladyfingers from scratch. And it just so happened to be the recipe that the bakers from TWD were doing this week. Bonus!


The recipe can be found on page 41 of the Baking with Julia cookbook. The group is making Madeleine’s with the genoise batter. I can’t wait to see how they all come out. Check them out here.

My attempt using this batter was not all together successful. They didn’t rise as they should have, but hey, they still absorbed the coffee!

My guess is that I didn’t beat the egg mixture enough or maybe I over folded the batter. To get the recipe for Madeleines, check out Katie and Amy Thisdell of Counter Dog .

Once the ladyfingers were out of the oven and cooling on a wire rack, I started on the other elements of the tiramisu.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

  • 1 package of vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 Tbs. confectioners sugar
  • cocoa powder for dusting
  • coffee

The pudding is whisked with the milk and set aside. Using a handmixer whip the cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into the pudding.

cocoa powder

Using an 8×8 square dish, lay five ladyfingers on bottom (however they will fit). Drizzle coffee over top. Layer 1/3 pudding mixture on top. Place five more ladyfingers, drizzle with coffee and repeat until there are three layers. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and chill overnight.

It was delicious. Ethan loved it. Thomas loved it. I’m sure Marcy would have. I know I did.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. melimelocooks says:

    Perfect!!!! This is the good use for these cakes!!
    I think, this “madeleines” taste more like ladyfingers!!
    Well done!!


  2. A great way to use up those madeleines/ladyfingers. Sounds delicious!!


  3. Fun twist on our recipe!


  4. teaandscones says:

    I always thought I would not like Tiramisu but made it for TWD (the first one) and it was good. This batter would have been perfect.


  5. Oh how I love Tiramisu! Thanks for posting your lovely pictures. Blessings, Catherine http://www.praycookblog.com


  6. I would’ve rather have made this tiramisu than the assigned dry Madeleines!


  7. oven chaos says:

    Oh my! You have nailed it! This the perfect recipe for ladyfingers and the tiramisu looks dreamy.


  8. Cathleen says:

    Looks wonderful! I have always wanted to make tiramisu – maybe one day.


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