Tiramisu is one of my favorite Italian desserts. It’s easy to whip up and it always impresses! I’ve made a couple tiramisus throughout my life, but strangely never blogged my efforts until now!
This Italian dessert translates to “carry me up” or “pick me up” – possibly a nod to the coffee the lady fingers are dipped in. It’s almost like a trifle with layers of lady fingers, mascarpone (almost an Italian cream cheese) and grated chocolate (or cocoa powder in this case). I love the combination of flavors — the cocoa powder and hint of coffee with the slightly tart filling.
I find you just have to dip the ladyfingers lightly in the coffee. You don’t want to soak them too much and this way you retain their texture with the added bonus of that great coffee flavor. Like most dishes, using the best ingredients obviously adds the best flavors but I’ve found with this dish using the cocoa powder and even a regular cup of Joe (as opposed to the best espresso) still makes a great dessert. My secret ingredient is triple sec, which adds a hint of orange.
For this tiramisu, requested by my coworkers, I had high hopes of making the ladyfingers from scratch. I felt I needed the challenge… But, they did not turn out well. They were not crisp cookies, but flat and unappealing. Either the recipe I was using wasn’t best OR ladyfingers really are just one of those ingredients you shouldn’t even bother to make at home. I think I’ll concede defeat on this one!
This is one of the best dessert I’ve made. I’m going to pull this one out at any occasion! It’s creamy and light and heavenly!
- 3 cups brewed coffee, cooled
- 2 (8-ounce) containers mascarpone
- 5 egg yolks
- 14 ounces ladyfingers
- 4 ounces sugar
- 2 shots triple sec
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Mix the egg yolks with 2 ounces sugar, and mix until you obtain a creamy light mixture. Work the mascarpone in a bowl using a wooden spoon, making sure you eliminate any lumps, then add the mascarpone to the sugar-egg mixture and continue to mix well.
- Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee, and one by one lay them flat into a 7 by 11 baking dish, making sure you do not soak the cookies, as you want to make sure they maintain their firmness. Once the first layer of cookies has been laid out, spread a layer of the mascarpone cream on top.
- Prepare another layer of coffee-dipped cookies, and cream. Dust with cocoa powder.
- Cover the tray with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 3 hours so the flavors can marry and the tiramisu can settle