Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I promise it tastes better than it looks!!

My Tiramisu might not be the most beautiful dessert you've ever laid your eyes on, but there's a reason why this popular Italian cake is seen on menus all over the world.  No one can deny the overwhelming sensation you get when you sink your teeth into this decadent treat.  It's sweet and rich while still light, cool and refreshing.  This heavenly dessert literally melts in your mouth! 

Basically, it is made of savoiardi bisuits (lady fingers) dipped in strong coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of mascarpone or custard, and topped with cocoa.  Follow these few basics steps and come up with your own rendition!  Make sure to allow enough time to chill (at least 4 hours).  This isn't a dessert that you can whip up right before dinner! 



3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
1 cup caster sugar (superfine)
300 mL mascarpone cheese  (about 10 oz)
1 1/2 cups strong coffee
1/4 cup brandy
1 20-count package of savoiardi biscuits (lady fingers)
1 tbsp dark chocolate, grated
1 tbsp cocoa, sifted


1. Beat egg yolk and sugar together until pale.  Fold in mascarpone and set aside.

2. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Fold into mascarpone mixture.  By beating the egg whites separately, you will keep the mixture very light and fluffy.

3. Mix coffee and brandy in flat bottomed bowl.  Quickly dip each biscuit to absorb the mixture without become soggy.  Line the base of your dish with half of the biscuits.  Choose an appropriately sized dish for this task.

4. Cover biscuits with half of mascarpone mixture.  Combine grated chocolate and cocoa and sprinkle over lightly.  Repeat with another layer of soaked biscuits and remaining mascarpone mixture Chill in the refrigerator for atleast 4 hours.

5. Just before serving, sprinkle with remaining chocolate and cocoa.

For my next tiramisu, I'm going to try out making my own sponge instead of using saviordi biscuits!  I think I might use Grand Marnier instead of brandy and throw in some orange zest for a fresh and summery taste!


  1. Yummy!!! I think I'll make Tiramisu this weekend--thanks for the recipe:)

  2. Let me know how it turns out or if you have any suggestions!



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