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I am kind of thrilled to be working with my favorite local Got to be NC candy brand today, Griff’s Toffee. This no cook easy eggless tiramisu with Griff’s Coffee Toffee bits will blow your socks off. This is a packed post with a recipe, a GIVEAWAY, and a DISCOUNT CODE! Griff’s Toffee is generously sponsoring this post, and I wouldn’t be working with them if I didn’t love them. You’re going to love them too!
All About Griff’s Toffee
Griff’s Toffee is a local brand based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and it is run by the Graves family. Karen Graves, the mom, turned her (delicious) hobby into a business, and her perfected toffee hit stores in 2006 under the brand name Chapel Hill Toffee. Karen’s son Mark joined the team in 2008, and Chapel Hill Toffee really took off.
I could say it was because of savvy marketing, and that probably had a part to play. But the real reason Karen’s secret recipe is so popular is that it truly is perfect. My friend, cookbook author extraordinaire and Chapel Hill resident Nancie McDermott, gave me a box of their original pecan toffee flavor as a treat a couple of years ago, and I was hooked with one bite. It is without a doubt the best toffee I have ever had. Ever. And I used to make toffee as part of my job at the restaurant. Sincerely, I would not change a single thing, except for wanting it in bigger boxes.
Okay, but What About Griff’s Toffee?
By now, you are probably wondering about the name Griff’s Toffee. Griff was Karen’s husband who sadly passed away in 2013 and of course was a huge part of the business and the patriarch of the Graves family. When Mark Graves and his wife, Christy, had their first son in 2015, they named him Griff to honor Mark’s dad. The name Griff’s Toffee keeps Griff’s memory and legacy alive.
Chapel Hill Toffee can currently be had in over 400 retail locations across the country, and while there will alway be Chapel Hill Toffee, especially here in North Carolina, their pecan toffee and new coffee toffee will be marketed nationally under the less North Carolina-centric brand name, Griff’s Toffee.
Did You Say Coffee Toffee?
Yes. Yes I did. And it is one of the most perfect treats I have ever eaten. Mark and the folks at Griff’s generously sent me a box filled with both the original pecan toffee and the new coffee toffee, and it is spectacular. The toffee part is fairly thin and the most gorgeous burnished butterscotch color is studded with ground pecans. The coffee flavor is in the thick chocolate coating. I don’t know how they do it, but the coffee, chocolate, and buttery toffee flavors work together perfectly. The three flavors are ideally balanced with no one flavor dominating.
When I am feeling generous, I let very dear friends try a piece, and their reaction is always the same. They take a bite, their eyes get big and then they close. They chew for a moment and then say some variation of “Oh, my Lord.” Seriously, it is That Good.
Griff’s Toffee Discount Code
If you’d like to try Griff’s Coffee Toffee (or Pecan Toffee, for that matter) for yourself, and you really should, the Griff’s folks are offering you guys a 25% discount on your purchase, and they ship all over the US. Go to the Griff’s Toffee order page and use the discount code TIRAMISU at checkout and they’ll automagically take the 25% off your order. Note that shipping will be at their regular rates. The discount code is good through March 2, 2018, so go go go!
Giveaway Alert! (UPDATE 2/7/2018: Giveaway is Now Closed)
The wonderful folks at Griff’s Toffee want to give you a chance to win some of their perfect toffee. They’re offering 2 pounds of toffee, one pound each of the Griff’s Coffee Toffee and the original Griff’s Pecan Toffee, and since it is getting close to Valentine’s Day, you’ll get your toffee in their cute, 2 oz boxes, so 8 boxes of each kind of toffee. That means you’ll be able to give some and keep some for yourself! Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter (US only please because of shipping costs), and don’t forget to grab the recipe for my easy coffee toffee tiramisu below too!
Did You Say Easy Eggless Tiramisu with Coffee Toffee Bits?
Yes. Yes I did. When I first spoke with Mark Graves of Griff’s Toffee, and he said they would send me a box of toffee so I could create something tasty, so many possibilities swirled before me. I mean, coffee toffee really lends itself to all sorts of recipe ideas. Cheesecake. Cake fillings and frostings. Pies. Cookies. On and on.
A few days later, I was having coffee with my friend Carol and was telling her about my ideas for using Griff’s Toffee, and she began naming off desserts too. When she suggested tiramisu, I knew my search was over.
I researched traditional tiramisu recipes like this one from my friend Dennis. Classic and gorgeous for purists, but since I was already adding toffee to it, I didn’t feel the need to be constrained by tradition.
Can You Make Tiramisu without Eggs?
Yes. Yes you can. The issue with making traditional tiramisu with eggs is that if you make the very classic preparation, the eggs aren’t cooked. This can raise some concerns for folks with compromised immune systems. Or for folks who are kind of weirded out by raw eggs. Other tiramisu recipes, like Dennis’s wonderful classic recipe, call for the eggs to be cooked over a double boiler into a sabayon, or cooked foam. This yields the most gorgeous, silky traditional tiramisu with no raw eggs.
Honestly, though, tiramisu will set up and be “sliceable” even without the eggs. As you’ll see, my no egg tiramisu recipe comes together really easily with a hand mixer. This hand mixer lights up so you can really see what you’re mixing, and it’s my new favorite.
While I like the smooth texture of traditional tiramisu–soft, espresso-soaked sponge and smooth, creamy mascarpone cream–I also appreciate some textural contrast in my desserts. The crunchy bits of Griff’s Coffee Toffee really perk up the dessert, provide additional flavor, and act as little surprise treats in a dessert that is already treat enough! Enjoy, friends, and Big Thanks to Carol for the idea! She actually came over to try some of this tiramisu the other day, and she liked it so much, I sent her home with a couple of extra pieces!
For the Griff's Coffee Toffee Cream
- 10-12 pieces Griff's Coffee Toffee, (use more or less toffee depending on how crunchy you want your dessert to be)**
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- heavy pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese* (See Notes)
- 1/4 cup salted caramel liqueur (I used Bailey's) or caramel or butterscotch dessert sauce
- 1 1/2 cups cold espresso or strong coffee
- 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (I used Grind Espresso Shot), optional
To Assemble and Finish
- 3 packages of 24 lady fingers (savoiardi) , (you might not use them all)
- cocoa powder for sifting, stencil optional
For the Coffee Toffee Cream
- Using a chef knife, finely chop the toffee. Set aside.
- Pour the heavy cream into a large bowl. Add the brown sugar and salt. Whisk a couple of times and allow to sit for about 10 minutes so the sugar dissolves.
- Using a hand mixer or in your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the cream until it reaches medium-soft peaks.
- Add the room temperature mascarpone and continue to whip until mixture just reaches stiff peaks. Do not over-whip or mascarpone can become grainy.
- Fold in the Griff's Coffee Toffee crunchy bits until it is evenly dispersed in the cream.
For the Espresso Dip
- In a shallow dish, mix the cold espresso or strong coffee with the coffee liqueur.
To Assemble and Finish
- Working with no more than 2 or 3 lady fingers at a time, briefly dip both sides of the cookies into the coffee mixture. Layer them closely together in a 7" x 11" glass dish. Continue dipping and placing until you fill the bottom of the dish in a single layer.
- Scoop about 1/3 of the coffee toffee cream onto the lady fingers and spread evenly and smoothly.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 twice more, ending with the last third of the cream. You'll have three layers each of lady fingers and cream. The 7 x 11 dish will be completely full.
- Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the cream and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 8 hours.
- Right before serving, carefully peel off plastic wrap. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into a fine mesh strainer, and evenly and generously dust the top of the tiramisu. If you would like you can use any stencil you have to create a pattern on top of your tiramisu. I used a heart template I cut out of cardboard and an Exacto knife to cut the design into a cake box. You could also use thick card stock.
- Slice and serve. Note that tiramisu is a soft dessert, so much as with pie, the first piece or two might not come beautifully out of the dish. But after those first 2, you should be able to get nice, clean slices. If you are feeling spunky, wipe your knife clean between cuts to achieve the neatest look.
*Mascarpone cheese is a bit expensive, but it is worth it for this special treat of a dessert. Since you need 1 1/2 cups, and it usually comes in 1 or 2 cup containers, you can use the remaining half cup to make a fruit dip, add it to the ricotta layer in lasagna, stir it into your usual pasta sauce for a rich, decadent treat, or use it to thicken a cream soup.
This recipe is scaled for a 7" x 11" pan. If you'd like to make this in a 9" x 13" pan, multiply the cream ingredients by 1.5 and get another pack or two of lady fingers. You shouldn't need additional coffee "dip."
If you get the kind of lady fingers that are rounder and crunchy (savoiardi) or if you just don't want to mess with 3 layers, you can make 2 layers of each by spreading half the cream on the first layer of lady fingers and the other half on the second layer.
**The more toffee bits you put in, the crunchier your tiramisu will be. Note that it will be more difficult to get clean slices with a ton of toffee bits, but it is totally your call.
See how easy that is? Don’t forget to let your mascarpone come to room temperature, and everything will blend together beautifully. It is so very delicious and maybe the easiest tiramisu you’ll ever make. And probably the only one you’ll ever make that has crunchy coffee toffee bits in it! Another cool thing that happens is that, when you finally chop the toffee, a lot of the chocolate will chip off, so when you’re eating your creamy tiramisu, you’ll either get bites of pure crunchy toffee goodness or pieces of pure coffee chocolate, like the chips in chocolate chip ice cream. The best!
And now, for the giveaway.
Griff’s Toffee Giveaway (Giveaway Is Now CLOSED)
The giveaway runs for one week, is open to US residents 18 and older, and I will be announcing the winner on Thursday, February 8, 2018. One of the ways to enter is to pin one or both pin images to Pinterest, and both are conveniently located right below the giveaway widget. You’re welcome!
I am absolutely sure that if you are a toffee fan, you are going to love Griff’s Toffee. And if you think you don’t like toffee (what?!), Griff’s Toffee may just change your mind. You can find the lovely Graves family from Griff’s Toffee on social media on Facebook and Instagram right now, so go and check them out.
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