Posted on February 11, 2009. Filed under: Desserts |

Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert. But just because I love it does not mean I will eat just any old tiramisu. It has to be the good stuff. None of this shotty sponge cake or cool whip crap. I love the creamy light (not light in calories or fat though, just texture) texture of the custard. And the perfectly soggy ladyfingers. And the combination of Marsala (you can use rum, I just prefer Marsala wine), espresso and chocolate. Sometimes I even add some chocolate sauce on top of my piece, or coco powder into the marscapone custard. Just to mix things up a bit.

Here is my favorite tiramisu recipe, adapted from Ina Garten.

Serves 8-10
6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature (fresh eggs will ensure no salmonella. Do not used expired eggs)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup good Marsala wine, divided
1 1/2 cups brewed strong coffee, divided
16 to 17 ounces mascarpone cheese
30 Italian ladyfingers
Bittersweet chocolate, shaved or grated


Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on high speed for about 5 minutes, or until very thick and light yellow. Lower the speed to medium and add 1/4 cup Marsala wine, 1/4 cup coffee, and the mascarpone. Whisk until smooth.

Combine the remaining 1/4 cup Marsala and 1 1/4 cups coffee in a shallow bowl. Dip 1 side of each ladyfinger in the coffee/Marsala mixture and line the bottom of a 9 by 12 by 2-inch dish.

Pour half the coffee cream mixture evenly on top. Dip 1 side of the remaining ladyfingers in the coffee/Marsala mixture and place them in a second layer in the dish. Pour the rest of the coffee cream over the top.

Smooth the top and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

* You refrigerate it overnight to allow the lady fingers to soak up all the flavors and to become slightly soggy. Not sopping wet soggy, just soft and soaked through. Overnight refrigeration also helps the creamy mixture firm up and the flavors blend.

Before serving, sprinkle the top with shaved chocolate.

*Lady fingers and mascarpone can be found in an Italian specialty store or Trader Joe’s
*You can wrap and freeze leftovers for up to 1 month.


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