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Source: Adapted from The Soprano's Family Cookbook


  • 1 lb. mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tbsp. brandy or cognac
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 24 italian ladyfingers (the crispy kind)
  • 1 c. espresso or VERY strong coffee (room temp)
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder


  • In a shallow dish, combine espresso and brandy. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the mascarpone cheese and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • Gently fold mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream.
  • Dip 12 ladyfingers into your espresso mixture (about a 1 second soak on each side).
  • Place at the bottom of an 8x8 inch glass serving dish.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the top of your soaked ladyfingers.
  • Repeat the process again with the remaining dozen of ladyfingers and other half of the mascarpone mixture.
  • To finish it off, dust the top with cocoa powder.
  • Cover and refrigerate AT LEAST 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • If you're feeling super-fancy, a garnish of some fresh raspberries and a mint spring is lovely.

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