Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert and is a favorite all over Europe.  It instantly brings a smile to everyone’s face. Two of my favorite places to go for this dessert is California Pizza Kitchen and Olive Garden where I first developed a taste for it after I moved to the states. So then I had to make one for myself. Everyone loved it. There are probably thousands of different recipes out there, but here is one that is quick, simple and delicious.

Ingredients:

1    Package Italian Ladyfingers (approximately 17 oz.)
1    Package Vanilla Instant Pudding
3    Cups Milk
2    Cups Coffee
(2 cup water, 3 tsp instant coffee & 2 tsp sugar)
1    Package Mascarpone (approximately 8 oz.)
(available in whip cream section in grocery store)
5    TBsp Sugar
5    Eggs
(Substitute: Large Vanilla instant pudding packet)
2    TBsp Whip cream / Original Cool Whip
Hershey Cocoa, natural unsweetened

Second Layer Garnish Ingredients: 

1    Package Vanilla Instant Pudding
2    TBsp Sugar
2    TBsp Whip Cream
1    Stick Butter
3    Tsp Cool Whip
2 1/2 Cups Milk
Hershey Cocoa, natural unsweetened

How to Prepare:

  1. In a bowl, mix 3 cups of milk and vanilla instant pudding mix. Set aside.
  2. To make Coffee, heat 2 cups of water with coffee and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Mix Mascaropone with vanilla pudding mixture.
  4. Dip just the half of the lady fingers in coffee and keep in a dish upside down (coffee dip side up).
  5. Lay all of the lady fingers over a tray.
  6. Now cover the lady fingers with pudding and mascarpone mixture.
  7. Now we are ready for second layer on top of it.

Second Layer Garnish: 

  1. Mix butter, whip cream, sugar and vanilla instant pudding.
  2. Mix 3 teaspoons of cool whip into pudding mixture.
  3. Add 2 1/2 cups milk to pudding mixture. 
  4. Cover lady fingers with pudding mixture.
  5. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top and cool.
  6. Refrigerate it over night at least 5-6 hours.
  7. Enjoy!


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The Health Benefits of Cocoa

 
Enhances mood: The regular consumption of pure cocoa uplifts mood and also keeps an individual more active. It improves ones life by giving energy to their muscles and by improving glucose metabolism. The mood elevating effect of cocoa is due to the presence of phenylethylamine.
Depression and Stress relief: Cocoa is a powerful anti depressant and hence gives relief from stress and depression. Cocoa has no significant side effects. Many medications are used for treating depression but they have side effects. So now you would have understood which one is better. The Polyphenolic extract obtained from non-roasted cocoa contains plenty of flavonoids that makes cocoa, a great anti-depressant.
Reduces disease risk: Those who consume cocoa regularly have less than 10% chances of having strokes, heart failure, cancer and diabetes. Diabetic patients can take sugar free dark chocolate so that they can prevent any adverse effect on insulin levels.
Improves blood flow: Cocoa consumption is highly recommended by many physicians because it has high levels of epicatechin which improves blood flow.
Lowers high blood pressure: Have you ever wondered why the people who live near San Blas Island off the coast of Panama have never complained about high blood pressure or other cardiovascular diseases? Well, this is because of the amazing health benefits of cocoa (their daily cocoa consumption is around 3 – 4 cups). The flavonoids in cocoa brings down the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Fights Aging and Skin Problems: Who wants to get old? Definitely, nobody; thus you should immediately start taking cocoa since it helps fight aging with its high-flavanol content. In the recent times cocoa has become so popular in skin and beauty industry due its effective benefits. Cocoa contains flavanols that helps vascular tissues to relax which improves blood vessel function and also give a glow to the skin. Cocoa is effective in treating skin damages, dark spots, acne and other skin problems. It even has anti-cancer properties that can help to prevent skin cancer.
Improves digestion – Prevents Constipation: Cocoa is quite helpful in improving digestion and relieving constipation. The rich amount of magnesium present in cocoa keeps the bowel movements normal and also promotes digestion. You can take magnesium supplements but why to go for that when tasty dark chocolates are available.
Other Benefits: Cocoa is very helpful for feeding mothers since it helps increase breast milk. It helps to regulate the inflammatory / immune responses in blood vessel walls.