Monday, May 31, 2010

An Italian Favorite - Tiramisu

I made Tiramisu with Heidi the weekend we stayed at her bed and breakfast. It was delicious and I wanted to share the recipe of this favorite Italian dessert.


24 ladyfingers biscuits

2 cups cold espresso coffee

6 separated eggs

6 tbs sugar

500 grms (about 2 cups) good quality mascarpone

few drops orange liquer or extract

150 grms (about 10 tablespoons) coarsely ground bittersweet chocolate

30 grms (about 6 teaspoons) Marsala wine or Sherry


Blend the egg yolks with the sugar and then beat until yolks turn pale. Add mascarpone, orange extract, and liquer. Stir gently. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture using a metal spoon.

To prepare the ladyfingers, quickly dip each cookie in the espresso.

Arrange half the cookies in a layer, in the bottom of a rectangular serving dish.

Cover with the mascarpone/egg mixture and sprinkle with the grated chocolate.

Add another layer of cookies, and repeat the layering as before. End with mascarpone on top! Best if prepared from half a day to a day in advance.


"Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold."
-Judith Olney

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