I offered to bring dessert to a party tomorrow, and I am thinking of making a simple "tiramisu" with mango, chocolate, and (of course) mascarpone and lady fingers. I need you fellow hounds' suggestions and ideas on its construction.
I am choosing mango and chocolate because there are going to be almost as many young kids as adults, and I do not have time to make more than one dessert. I have plenty of perfectly ripe mangoes already which I know should be popular with the kids. I am thinking of pureeing some to put into the mascarpone mix (which should make it a beautiful yellow in addition to the egg), and maybe adding additional chunks in it.
For soaking the fingers, having to forgo the espresso-liquor combination, I had a hard time coming up with something. The best I can think of is cocoa and vanilla, in which I am tempted to sneak in some decaffeinated coffee. I will also layer and top with chocolate flakes (I know, at this point, it is far from being a tiramisu anymore).
Now, I am wondering if there are any other combinations for the soaking liquid? Also, are there any herbs or spices that I can add to make it more interesting for the adults, without offending the kids? Would something such as basil or mint work, or would it make the flavour and presentation way too "busy"?
I don't have much time left for second tries, any ideas welcome and thanks!