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I Love Tiramisu

tiramisu recipeThis month for Lazy Susan, we are celebrating things that we love. There is nothing that I love more than tiramisu. It is my favorite dessert in the world. I never made it at home because most of the recipes that I found called for raw egg. I know, the tiramisu that I was eating probably contained raw egg. But I didn’t know about it, therefore, it didn’t bother me. I am pleading ignorance. I discovered this recipe from a friend, and it truly is what I want for my last meal on this Earth. Layers of zabaglione, lady fingers, chocolate chips, and a boozy coffee mixture. The longer it chills, the better it tastes.

This recipe is for sure a special occasion recipe. It calls for an absurd (not to mention expensive) amount of mascarpone cheese. But worth every calorie, and every dollar. When I was buying the ingredients for this tiramisu, I discovered that there is such thing as frozen ladyfingers. I had no idea that these existed. They are a little more cake-like, I have made this recipe a few times, and I prefer the kind that are more like biscotti. You can buy them in gourmet stores, Italian markets, online, and sometimes in the cookie section of the grocery store.

I really like the addition of the chocolate chips. The one thing that I don’t like about tiramisu sometimes is that it has no texture. The mini chips add the perfect amount of crunch that I think this recipe needs.

tiramisu recipe6 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 cups mascarpone, room temperature
1 cup mini chocolate chips
6 cups boiling water
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup instant espresso powder
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup Kahlua
2 packs (14-ounces) ladyfingers
3/4 cups finely grated bittersweet chocolate

tiramisu recipeWhisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Or a double boiler if you have one, I don’t, so I just use a metal bowl.

tiramisu recipePut the boil over a pot of simmering water.

tiramisu recipeWhisk constantly until the eggs triple in volume and turn pale yellow. It takes about 5 minutes.

tiramisu recipeNow that I am reading this recipe again, it would have been smart of me to use the bowl of the mixer, instead of transferring it to the mixer bowl. Oops. Pour the eggs into the mixer and beat for about 5 minutes. The bowl will feel cool when it is ready.

tiramisu recipeAdd the mascarpone, one tub at a time until it is combined.

tiramisu recipeFold in the chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour.

tiramisu recipeIn a large bowl, stir together the boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, cocoa powder and Kahlua. Stir until everything has dissolved. Set aside and let cool.

tiramisu recipePour the coffee mixture into a shallow dish. Dip the ladyfingers into the mixture, and line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the cookies. You want the ladyfingers pretty wet, but not so wet that they fall apart. When I was done with my layer, I would brush more of the coffee mixture over each layer just to be sure that they were really soaked.

tiramisu recipeLayer 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat the layers until you have 3 layers of each. Alternate the direction of the cookies, it helps the tiramisu hold together when you cut it. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Overnight is even better. You can make this a few days ahead of time.

tiramisu recipeCover the top with shaved chocolate before serving.

tiramisu recipeNext up, find out what Amy Boring loves. And while you are it, check out her gorgeous website called eat swell. Seriously beautiful.

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The Best Tiramisu


Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant espresso powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 2 packs (14-ounces) ladyfingers
  • 3/4 cups finely grated bittersweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Or a double boiler if you have one, I don’t, so I just use a metal bowl.
  2. Put the boil over a pot of simmering water.
  3. Whisk constantly until the eggs triple in volume and turn pale yellow. It takes about 5 minutes.
  4. Now that I am reading this recipe again, it would have been smart of me to use the bowl of the mixer, instead of transferring it to the mixer bowl. Oops. Pour the eggs into the mixer and beat for about 5 minutes. The bowl will feel cool when it is ready.
  5. Add the mascarpone, one tub at a time until it is combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour.
  7. In a large bowl, stir together the boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, and Kahlua. Stir until everything has dissolved. Set aside and let cool.
  8. Pour the coffee mixture into a shallow dish. Dip the ladyfingers into the mixture, and line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the cookies.
  9. Layer 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat the layers until you have 3 layers of each. Alternate the direction of the cookies, it helps the tiramisu hold together when you cut it. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Overnight is even better. The longer is chills, the better it is.
  10. Cover the top with shaved chocolate before serving.

 

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  1. Mara @ Elemental Custard

    February 1st, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Mmmm delicious! I’ve been dying to make a tiramsiu cake and try using sponge cake for the layers. -although I don’t seem to have been finding the time to try it. Yours looks delightful!

  2. Caroline

    February 1st, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Mmm, I love tiramisu! I can’t wait to eat it again after the baby is born! 😀

  3. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    you can eat this version since it is all cooked!

  4. Amanda

    February 1st, 2012 at 9:50 am

    That is one seriously gorgeous desert Bree!

  5. amy b

    February 1st, 2012 at 10:30 am

    i have never been a huge dessert girl but oh do i love this one and it looks and sounds devine. I may have to bust this one out and not feel once ounce of guilt. puffy hearts and rainbows on your shoulder for the eat-swell.com shout out. <3

  6. Lynsey

    February 1st, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love tiramisu too!! Didn’t even know it had raw egg. I really don’t care because it’s so good. 🙂 I’m going to make this dessert at some point, but it may be a while since no one else in my family likes tiramisu and I’d probably eat the whole entire pan myself! So I’ll have to bring this baby to a party!

  7. Deanna

    February 1st, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve never been a huge tiramisu fan, but that could be because I’ve only ever eaten it out, and I think it was all from a frozen tiramisu. Definitely not the same as one made from scratch!

  8. Memoria

    February 1st, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’m not a fan of tiramisù, but I am always fascinated by the process of making it. As always, your photos are lovely. You know you can make your own mascarpone for much cheaper than buying it, and it requires only 2 ingredients (cream/whole milk and lemon). I use the recipe from Baking Obsession blog (https://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/05/02/homemade-mascarpone-cheese/).

    P.S. What is wrong with eating raw eggs? I never understood the paranoia behind raw eggs (except for if your preggers or an infant haha)

  9. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    It just grosses me out. I am sure that it is safe. But I had salmonella once in college and I am still scared.

  10. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    February 1st, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I haven’t had tiramisu in such a long time but now I can’t wait to have some for dessert!

  11. Christi's Chirps

    February 1st, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Oh, my, my, my! This looks AMAZING! My mother-in-law’s birthday party is this Saturday night. I’ll totally be making this for her birthday dessert!

    Cheers,
    Christi

  12. Cassie

    February 1st, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I love tiramisu is an understatement. This is gorgeous!

  13. Shelby

    February 1st, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious! I tried tiramisu on Tutus&Tea as well on this post, https://tutusandtea.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/tiramisu-berries-too/

    It’s delicious every time!

  14. Nicole, RD

    February 1st, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    You make that look sooo simple….and delicious!

  15. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    February 1st, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooh my gosh! This looks great! I can picture me, a cup of coffee and the entire pan…

  16. Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:05 am

    thanks so much for sharing this recipe. i am always on the look-out for a good tiramisu recipe. i love your recipes so i can’t wait to try this one!!

  17. Connecting Four

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Oooo That looks so delicious I think I might try that sometime!

  18. Shannon

    February 2nd, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’m going to forget all the raw egg business because I LOVE me some tiramisu! So excited to try this out. Thank you for always making recipes so relatable 🙂

  19. Marissa

    February 2nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Yum this looks so good! How do you shave the chocolate bar so finely?

  20. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Oooooo… I LOVE tiramisu too. It is – by far – my favorite dessert when done RIGHT. And it looks like you’ve done it right! Gorgeous, and I’m sure delicious!

  21. Jenni

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Wonderful job! I love tiramisu, too, but I cannot allow myself to make it. I WILL eat the entire pan…

  22. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

    February 2nd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    This looks amazing! It is my husband’s favorite dessert so I will bookmark this recipe!

  23. K&B

    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:15 am

    One of my favorites !

  24. Puneet

    February 11th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks amazing.
    Btw the ingredients mention cocoa powder, but i didn’t see where it was being used in the steps?

  25. bakedbree

    February 11th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    thanks for letting me know. It goes into the dipping liquid.

  26. Mike

    February 25th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Putting the eggs in the double boiler over simmering water does not cook them. You are simply warming the eggs to loosen them and make the incorporation of air easier so that the mix is lighter and more flavorful. Even with this recipe you are still eating raw eggs. If they were actually cooked the end product would be chunky.

    It takes a temperature of 142 degrees F or higher to begin ti cook an egg and simmering water is at a max of 120 or so, which is not high enough to kill any bacteria or other pathogens.

  27. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    thanks Mike.

  28. Suzy

    March 20th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    You can use cream cheese in place of the mascarpone as a cheap substitute and it tastes every bit as amazing. You don’t even need eggs in this version.

  29. bakedbree

    March 27th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I disagree, I do not think that cream cheese is as good here. I think that if you are going to make a tiramisu you should make it the real way.

  30. Jill

    April 4th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks fabulous! And mascarpone is on-sale at my grocery store this week. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

  31. bakedbree

    April 8th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Go get some and make this!

  32. loveandtiramisu

    May 20th, 2012 at 6:25 am

    This looks really good! I like the addition of chocolate chips – might have to try that next time I make tiramisu. The famous Pompi tiramisu from Rome also has chocolate chips for a bit of crunch factor – so you are on to a good thing =)

  33. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Why thank you. This is the best recipe I have ever had. The crunch really gives it lots of texture and I love it.

  34. Mia

    May 28th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    This is only a “kind of” Tiramisu… In real Tiramisu you whisk only yellows from eggs with sugar, not the whole eggs. Plus wrong ingredients… Your recipe can be good, but it’s not Tiramisu…

  35. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Well, to each his own.

  36. Taylor Johnson

    September 23rd, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Party pooper.

  37. zahra

    August 5th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    i tried this recipe and everyone loved it! thankyou so much 😀

  38. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I love this recipe!! SO glad that you liked it so much too.

  39. Anu

    February 7th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Bree,

    Once again, a huge thanks for your recipes. I tried your Tiramisu recipe today and I couldn’t believe, but it was incredibly delicious. Thanks so much!

  40. bakedbree

    February 10th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I am so glad! Love this recipe.

  41. Lynette

    August 13th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I love this recipe! It’s even more delicious then the Tiramisu I enjoyed in Italy. I’ve made this recipe three times now at different events and it’s a hit with everyone! Thanks for sharing!

  42. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the endorsement. My FAVORITE dessert ever.

  43. Taylor Johnson

    September 23rd, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Awesome! But I have a couple things to say:

    1. You have an error! When you say to whisk together all the coffee ingredients (kahlua, coffee) you say to whisk in brown sugar when I assume it’s cocoa powder.

    2. Apparently nowhere around here sells ladyfingers so I’m using waffle cookies. Should still be good though~ I’m adding extra chocolate chips for the lost texture.

  44. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    it’s also brown sugar. I don’t think that there is an error.

  45. Lindsay

    October 14th, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I’m planning to try this for my boss’ birthday at the end of the month. I’ve never made tiramisu before. I’m confused about whisking the egg mixture. I don’t have a stand mixer. Should I whisk over the double boiler for 5 minutes, and then off the heat for another 5 minutes until cool? Or just combine over the double boiler, then take off the heat and whisk for 5 minutes?

    Thanks!

  46. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2015 at 11:53 am

    You cook over the double boiler to cook the eggs, then you whisk for volume. You want to whisk until they are thick and pale yellow.

  47. Lindsay

    October 15th, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks. How long should the eggs cook? Do I whisk while they’re cooking, or let them sit while they’re cooking and then whisk? Sorry for all the questions, but I really don’t want to mess it up! 🙂

  48. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    You whisk the whole time they are cooking otherwise they will scramble. Follow the recipe as stated knowing that you will be whisking by hand and not using a mixer so it take longer.

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