Tiramisu is a layered dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in coffee and a sweet liqueur, and layered with a rich mascarpone cheese mixture. It is usually dusted with cocoa powder or grated chocolate for added flavor.
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Prep-Time – 35 minutes Serving-Size– 8-10 people
- 6 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
- 2 tablespoons brandy or other sweet liqueur
- 1 package ladyfingers (about 24)
- Cocoa powder or grated chocolate, for dusting
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy.
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk until just simmering. Slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and custardy. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a separate bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese until creamy.
- In another bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the mascarpone cheese into the cooled custard mixture, then fold in the whipped cream.
- In a shallow dish, mix together the coffee and brandy.
- Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture, soaking them briefly on both sides, and arrange them in a single layer in the bottom of a serving dish.
- Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.
- Repeat with another layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture.
- Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder or grated chocolate.
Relevant Notes & Tips:
- Be sure to use room temperature mascarpone cheese for the smoothest texture.
- Don’t over-soak the ladyfingers or they will become too soggy and fall apart.
- Chill the tiramisu for at least 4 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.