Unforgettable Tiramisu

28 Jun

Ah, an unforgettably sweet thing.  That’s what this Tiramisu is.  It’s simple to make yet has wow factor.  The taste?  Oh, so amazing.  The flavors of mascarpone cheese, coffee, and kahlua soak beautifully into the lady finger cookies.  The result is a sweet, airy light, gorgeous tiramisu that everyone will want more of.

Tiramisu: Lighly sweet mascarpone, coffee, and rum meld together perfectly

Tiramisu: Lady fingers cut in half and wrapped around = a sweet presentation

I wish I had a photo of the inside to show off, but I didn’t even have time to try, because it was gone that quickly.  With each bite, you get a creamy mascarpone sweet custard layered with lady fingers soaked in liquor and coffee.   Don’t use cream cheese in place of mascarpone.  Mascarpone has a delicate, soft, and creamy texture and taste that makes this custard delicious.  The tiramisu will need time to set overnight.

RECIPE (Serves 8-10, but our party of 6 ate the whole thing)
adapted from Gourmet

3 cups very strong coffee (decaf is fine)
1/2 cup sugar
1 rounded TB sugar
4 TB Kahlua liquor
3 TB rum
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup dry (not sweet) marsala
2 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 cup chilled heavy cream
2 pkgs (about 14 oz total) crisp ladyfinger cookies
unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
semi sweet chocolate for shaving, if desired

Stir strong coffee, 1 TB sugar, Kahlua, and rum until sugar is dissolved.   Cool.

Beat egg yolks, Marsala, and 1/2 cup sugar in a metal bowl.  Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water.  Using a handheld electric mixer or whisk, mix until tripled in volume.  This takes about 8 min.  Remove from heat and beat mascarpone in until just combined.

Put heavy cream in a chilled bowl with chilled beaters.  Beat until stiff peaks. Fold whipped cream in mascarpone mixture gently, taking time to fully incorporate it.

One at a time, very gently dip both sides of each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture, lining bottom of a 9-10 inch Springform pan (I use a 9 inch).  Dip and line as you go.  The ladyfingers can break apart, so don’t dip them too long.  About a 2-second dip on each side.  Trim any ladyfingers as needed so that it fits comfortably in pan.  Split mascarpone filling in half.  Spread half of the filling on top of ladyfingers.  Repeat dipping and lining for second layer of ladyfingers.  Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top.  Dust with cocoa.  Sprinkle with chocolate shavings.  Chill overnight in springform pan to set.

Carefully release sides of springform.  If your sides are slightly haphazard, no worries.  Take leftover ladyfingers, slice them in half, and use them to wrap around your Tiramisu.  Enjoy!

Source:  Chew Out Loud

14 Responses to “Unforgettable Tiramisu”

  1. mydearbakes June 29, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    What a splendid recipe, thanks so much for sharing

  2. pompa ciepła warszawa July 23, 2012 at 8:40 am #

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    • chewoutloud August 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      Oh, I’m so glad you found it! See you back here, I hope 🙂

  3. Sasha August 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    This looks utterly stunning! Its been years since I have had tiramisu, and this is making me want to change that as soon as possible! Gorgeous 🙂

    • chewoutloud August 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      I know, tiramisu had its heydey in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s waayy too good to not bring back 🙂

  4. Kayla August 8, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    i only have sweet marsala available to me. how is it going to effect the dessert?

    • chewoutloud August 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Most recipes I’ve seen use dry Marsala, but I imagine you can use the sweet version, if needed. You might just cut down a little on the sugar, if you are using sweet wine. I think your dessert will still be amazing! 🙂

  5. Habiba @ Cooking Projects August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi! This looks great. I’m going through a tiramisu phase at the moment 🙂 beautiful photos too! x

  6. Inka August 17, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    cake looks amazing! Lovely pictures! Greetings from my kitchen!

  7. petit4chocolatier November 25, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Gorgeous and I am speechless!!

  8. Deliciously Simple February 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    This is the most phenomenal tiramisu! I have tried many different recipies for tiramisu, but this is the best. The consistency is PERFECT, fluffy but decadent, not overly sweet, with the perfect amount of coffee and marsala flavor. And it was not difficult to make, came together very quickly. Thank you so much for this recipe, it will be a regular at our Italian family gatherings!


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