I remember the first time I ever tried Tiramisu.
It was on a date with my high school bf at an Italian restaurant in Orange County. At the end of the meal, our server brought over a huge dish of Tiramisu, compliments of the restaurant. Who knows…..he was probably trying to help the guy to impress me. 🙂
Not one to ever pass on desserts, I quickly grabbed a spoon and took a big bite. My sweet tooth was forever changed. It was rich, creamy and yet somehow light and fluffy at the same time.
So good! Then again, it could have been the rum in it that was skewing my 16 year old taste buds.
Like my previous post of Oeufs en Cocotte, you absolutely MUST use the freshest eggs possible in this dessert as Tiramisu is not cooked. The Safest Choice™Pasteurized Eggs I received were perfectly put to use in this.
The recipe below is a slightly tweaked version from Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar from the Cooking Channel’s show Extra Virgin. They are such a cute pair and I absolutely love watching them. Their preparation is quite simple to do and yields delish results. One thing to note is to be careful not to soak the ladyfingers too long in the liquids or else it will get way too mushy. A quick dip of just one side of the cookie does the trick.
Slightly Adapted from Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar
2 cups freshly brewed, strong coffee (cooled)
1/2 tablespoon instant espresso powder
2 (8-ounce) containers mascarpone
5 eggs, separated
14 ounces savoiardi cookies (firm ladyfingers)
4 ounces sugar, plus 2 tablespoons or more, for the coffee
2 ounces dark rum
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate, to garnish
While the coffee is still warm, add 2 tablespoons sugar and espresso powder. Stir until dissolved and allow to cool in a shallow dish. Once cooled, stir in the rum.
Whisk the egg yolks with 2 ounces sugar, and beaut 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 yolk mixture and continue to mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites, pinch of salt, and the remaining 2 ounces sugar, until they reach a somewhat firm, but fluffy consistency, then add them to the mascarpone mixture.
Quickly dip one side of each of the savoiardi cookies (firm ladyfingers) in the coffee mixture, and one by one lay them flat into a 7 by 11 pyrex tray, 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, and dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
Now, again, prepare another layer of coffee-dipped cookies, cream and cocoa powder. Garnish the top of the cake with the shaved dark chocolate.
Cover the tray with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 3 hours so the flavors can marry and the tiramisu can settle.
12 thoughts on “Tiramisu–Molto Delizioso!”
I always love your dessert recipes! Tiramisu is my favorite! I like that this recipe is not drenched in alcohol. Sometimes when I order this in a restaurant I’ll get drunk off dessert. That’s not supposed to happen right?!
lol Jamie! I don’t know….I may not mind getting a little tipsy by my dessert! hahah 🙂
GIRL, this just shook my soul innards and gave them a massage. YUM.
Bev, your comments make my day! 🙂
I love tiramisu, but for some reason I hesitate to make this because I think it is a hard task. However, it looks like you skated through with a winner! Your picture is stunning-yum!
Hi Tina! It’s a lot easier than I used to think, too! And good for me bc I love to make it! 🙂
That looks super. I had to go through my friends’ list to find you. Do you hit the share button after posting. Actually first go back to your profile. Click Activity. Click the post and then go “Share” with all your friends at the top. This way we will know when you have posted something yummy like this. 🙂
Hi Jennifer–thanks for the heads up on this. I double checked my settings and everything seems to be in order so it looks like I’ll need to do a little more investigation. Def on my to-do list asap. THANKS for stopping by!
This looks awesome, I love Tiramisu and strongly feel its is one of the sexiest desserts on the planet…. Yours look perfect. Believe me this is the one of the most luscious I have seen. Lovely…
That looks heavenly! I just had dessert but after seeing this, I really want a slice of that! haha! =) Happy to have stumbled upon your blog! Will be back for more!
Yummy… no need for the main meal I can have this all day long.