Recipe
Twinkie Tiramisu
Pop Century

Yield: 8 – 10 servings.

ESPRESSO SYRUP

1/3 cup water
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup strong brewed espresso coffee
¼ cup Italian brandy (optional)

Combine water and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cool and add coffee and opt. brandy.

MASCARPONE FILLING

1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. mascarpone cheese, room temp.

Whip cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold cream into softened mascarpone.

12 Twinkies, sliced ½-inch thick

Cocoa powder for light dusting

ASSEMBLY

1. Place a layer of the Twinkie slices in the bottom of a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

2. Drizzle with half the espresso syrup.

3. Spread with half the mascarpone filling.

4. Repeat with remaining twinkie, syrup and mascarpone filling.

5. Smooth top with spatula.

6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.