Lick-Your-Plate-Amazing Tiramisu
  • Cooking Time: 3 hours in fridge
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • (use a 9x6 dish)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups or 125 g confectioner's sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups or 325 g mascarpone cheese
  • box of Pavisini ladyfingers
  • 3/4 cup or 200 ml freshly brewed extra strong coffee or espresso, cooled/room temperature
  • 3 oz. or 100 g dark chocolate, grated
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
  1. Make your pot of coffee & let cool.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl until light, pale & "ribbons." Then mix in the mascarpone.
  3. Stiffly whisk the egg whites in a different grease-free bowl.
  4. Gently fold in the egg whites in thirds to the mascarpone mix.
  5. Make a single layer of ladyfingers on the base of a deep serving dish making sure they fit tightly together on the bottom. Then brush the lady fingers evenly with coffee (don't be shy, a good two passes with the brush should be plenty).
  6. Make a nice even layer of the mascarpone cream/egg mixture and sprinkle/cover with grated chocolate.
  7. Continue making layers until all the ingredients are used (you should have 3 layers), finishing with a layer of mascarpone cream/egg mixture.
  8. Dust with cocoa, wrap with plastic and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours. Enjoy!!
  9. Recipe Tips:
  10. 1. Make sure your egg whites are stiff enough that you can turn the bowl upside & they don't move!
  11. 2. Booze it up - add your favorite Bailey's, Nocino, Kahlua - any coffee complimentary liqueur will go nicely in this, add it into the coffee after cooled.
  12. 3. It's all in the ladyfingers- we use Pavesini - they are hard to find in the States but its worth a try. These ladyfingers give it the perfect texture & really soak up the coffee.
This is one recipe worth recreating, a rich & creamy classic, tiramisu! I am not a big fan of Tiramisu in the States, it can be a boozy, mushy mess and nothing I would ever want to order. So when I was given a heaping plate for dessert at a friends house when we first arrived, I was a little nervous about how I was going to finish it all to be polite- well it didn't seem to be a problem at all because it was lick-your-plate amazing! So what's the difference in the dish served at restaurants State-side vs. that of Italy? First off the eggs - this recipe calls for fresh egg yolks not whipped cream or imitation eggs making it much richer and secondly it's all in the lady-fingers! When Jason first asked for a lady-finger recipe to make this dish, our friend Daniella balked - "No, why would you do that? You buy Pavisini." And she was right! They perfectly hold up after being soaked in coffee & layered with cream. Tiramisu literally translates to "pick me up" and it sure does with all the coffee, eggs & sugar. Great for dessert and devilishly delicious for breakfast, what with coffee & eggs, why not?! We serve this every Thursday at our Pizza Night Parties and if there is any left-over for breakfast the next morning! (Not to mention it's one of the only dessert I make, so if I can do it - anyone can!