Monoprix Tiramisu au Speculoos

I know, I know, and I apologize in advance. I am actively trying to make speculoos the new pumpkin spice and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s everywhere in Paris! It’s completely unavoidable. Soon, I wholly expect to see the homeless men by the Metro selling corn cobs out of a gas drum topped with speculoos butter. And I will likely buy them.
This is an amazing dessert hybrid, a store brand product made by Monoprix. Tiramisu and speculoos, as they say, “un gout bilingue.” Miss Love and I had a version of this on the train to Bordeaux, and I was ecstatic to see it grace my little grocery store with its exotic presence. Bilingue it is- it perfectly encompasses the best of both desserts, neither one encroaching on the noble territory of the other. It’s composed of a quasi-tiramisu base, with an espresso-flavored mascarpone cream layer topped with bittersweet cocoa powder, covering my absolute favorite part- in lieu of ladyfingers, the entire bottom quarter consists of a speculoos cookie and espresso paste

This is genius, I cannot express this enough. Two ingredients mushed together make all the difference. It’s gritty, strong, and spicy, and is easily the lynchpin of the entire dessert. Did I mention that this comes with speculoos cookie crumbs? This takes Yo Crunch and makes it the laughingstock of the refrigerated dairy section. Take that, yogurt!

While not completely perfect- the mascarpone is a little too sweet and runny for my liking, the interplay between the wet and dry speculoos cookie sections is amazing. Light and crispy meets sweet and dark, with enough shared elements to resemble a beautiful cookie duet. It is absolutely delightful.

5 thoughts on “Monoprix Tiramisu au Speculoos”

  1. I love your site and how you handle it. It’s fun to come here and see what gross stuff you are eating over there,lol j/k. Keep up the good work and.. nice boots 😉

  2. I’m totally with you here, Jess, — YoCrunch needs to stop frontin’ like its the sh*t and go get schooled. Sounds like you found the right dessert for the job.

  3. One issue, though.. “It’s everywhere in Europe!” – Europe is pretty large, and very diverse. Almost nobody in Sweden would know what speculoos is, for example.

  4. Ack! Thank you for that, fnord. 🙂 Edited! Incidentally, I have a question for you. I am interested in coming to Gothenburg around New Year’s. Do you have any hostel or restaurant recommendations? I would love to get lunch together if you are around during the holidays!

  5. I have loads and loads of restaurant recommendations and I’m always up for lunch.. 😀

    Send me an email at fnord AT fnord DOT nu and I’ll get back to you with a list of places to go.. even though Sweden (and Gothenburg in particular) is a pretty dark and bleak place in late Dec/early Jan (unless it snows – then it’s fine), there are a number of places that will make you feel all right with the world anyway.

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