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Providing a special dessert that is not only delicious, but also looks fabulous is the ultimate compliment to guests. It makes them feel they are important enough for the host to go to the trouble to prepare something exceptional. Unfortunately, our busy lives leave little time to slave away in the kitchen – especially with the hectic holiday season approaching! The desserts included here still look and taste wonderful, but they are super easy to make - thanks to some short cuts that can be taken! Instead of whipping the cream up from scratch, Cool Whip can be used. Likewise, store bought raspberry jam and lemon curd shave off lots of precious time that would be used making homemade sauces. Each of these desserts has a "history" in our family. The tiramisu is a company dinner party dessert; in the summer I use fresh raspberries in place of the wintertime toffee bits. The ice cream bombe has been the finish to several wedding showers and the torte is a holiday favorite the girls would put together while the rest of the dinner cooked.
Toffee-White Chocolate Tiramisu
2 (6 oz.) white chocolate baking bars
¼ cup heavy cream
1 (16 oz.) container of Cool Whip
1 (3 oz.) package of cream cheese
3 (3 oz.) packages of ladyfingers
¼ cup strong coffee
¾ cup toffee pieces (divided into ¼ cups)
Put the white chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds. It will keep its shape until it is stirred smooth. If necessary, microwave it again for about 15 more seconds.