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Monday, September 13, 2010


Tiramisu is Roman dessert that literally means "pick me up" and that is just what this dessert does as it is light, very flavorful, and it does not require any cooking! You can use any liqueur you like such as Amaretto, Limoncello, Grande Marnier, Rum, Whiskey, Kahlua, or even Marsala wine. It tastes best the next day so it's a great day ahead dessert to make.
3/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon sugar whipped until stiff
4 tablespoons sugar
4 egg yolks
1 pound mascarpone cheese softened at room temp
about 24 lady fingers (depending on size of pan)
4 tablespoons just brewed espresso mixed with 4 tablespoons of your choice of liqueur
cocoa powder and sifter
1 large lasagna pan
Beat with a whisk attachment the cream and 1 tablespoon of sugar until stiff and set aside.
Beat with a whisk attachment egg yolks with the 4 tablespoons of sugar until creamy on max speed.
Lower speed to slow and stir in the cheese one spoon at a time.
Fold the cream and cheese/egg mixture together gently.
Line dish with lady fingers and brush half of the coffee/liqueur mixture with a pastry brush, you don't want to soak the fingers but you do want to use all the liquid up.
Spread half of the cheese/cream mixture on top
Add another layer of lady fingers and brush them with the remaining coffee/liqueur
Spread on the other half of the cheese/cream mixture
Sift some cocoa powder over top
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night or atleast several hours

This recipe is from the cookbook Culinaria Italy.