How to Make 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.

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tiramisu recipe

The Best Tiramisu

Yield: serves 12

The Best Tiramisu Recipe - ladyfingers soaked in Kahlua coffee and layered with mascarpone filling. Topped with grated chocolate

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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  1. Taylor Johnson

    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.

    1. bakedbree

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

  2. Lindsay

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      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.

      1. Lindsay

        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! 🙂

        1. bakedbree

          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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