Tiramisu

Tiramisu (500x333) The epitome of Italian desserts is Tiramisu, hands down. It has such a great combination of flavors – coffee, chocolate, creamy and luxurious filling. It’s cool and rich and utterly perfect.

For a summer dessert, Tiramisu is a great choice. It’s quick to assemble and no baking is required. Absolutely perfect, it you ask me. I usually make it the night before I am planning to serve it. The next day, I can forget all about dessert, relax on the beach or at the pool and invite friends over with this lovely sweet already waiting for us. 

Ingredients:

14 oz lady fingers

2 1/2 cups coffee

1/4 cup rum

6 egg yolks

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup half n half

1 1/2 pounds mascarpone cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

2-4 Tablespoons sugar

cocoa, for dusting

Combine the coffee and rum in a rimmed dish and set aside.

You can also use Marsala wine or Coffee Liqueur instead of the rum, or omit the rum and use only coffee. You can dissolve some instant coffee or expresso in some water, if you don’t have any leftover coffee or don’t want to brew it. The coffee needs to be cold.

IMG_4981 (500x334) Set up a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan. IMG_4973 (500x334) Pour in about an inch or two of water into the saucepan, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.

Combine the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar in the bowl, whisking to combine, until the mixture is well combined. Pour in the half n half, and keep whisking for 7-10 minutes, until the mixture is cooked through and has thickened. Set aside to cool.

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Why are we making this custard? It will give the cream topping a luscious, velvety and really smooth texture. If you’d rather not do it, you can add 1 (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese to the mascarpone cheese, but the results won’t be the same.

In a chilled bowl and using a cold whisk attachment and whip up the heavy cream, sweetening it with 2-4 Tablespoons of sugar, until soft peaks form.

IMG_4982-2 (500x334) In another bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese and sugar. It should be easy enough to mix up the mascarpone and sugar with a rubber spatula. If not, mix it up using a hand mixer or a standing mixer. Be careful not to over mix it though. Add the cooled egg yolk mixture to the mascarpone. Add the vanilla and fold in the whipped cream.

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IMG_4992 (500x334) From this point you’ll start assembling the Tiramisu.

I use a 13×9 inch rimmed glass baking dish. You will need the Italian lady fingers called savoiardi. They are light and very crisp. DO NOT use the soft lady fingers that are sometimes sold in the grocery stores. They will turn to mush and will not work for this recipe. IMG_4998 (500x334) I found this nice large package for a great price, and had plenty of left over lady fingers to have with my coffee and a week later when I didn’t have any baked goodies in the house:). A 14 oz package is perfect, with only about 6-8 cookies extra.

Dunk the lady fingers in the coffee and rum mixture, just 2-3 seconds on each side. Don’t turn the lady fingers to mush, you want the center of the lady finger to still be dry. As the Tiramisu stands, it will soften and be the perfect consistency. If the lady fingers are too wet, it will have a really unpleasant texture.

IMG_5000 (500x334) Arrange the soaked lady fingers in one layer. You can have them all in one direction, or different directions, just make it fit. IMG_5004 (500x330) Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers. IMG_5005 (500x329) Dust it with cocoa powder. IMG_5007 (500x319) Repeat with another layer of lady fingers, dipping them in the coffee and rum mixture, arranging them in one layer and topping with the remaining mascarpone mixture. IMG_5012 (500x334) Spread it out evenly and dust with more cocoa powder. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving. IMG_5015 (500x330)

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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 14 oz lady fingers
  • 2½ cups coffee
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup half n half
  • 1½ pounds mascarpone cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • 2-4 Tablespoons sugar
  • cocoa, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Combine the coffee and rum in a rimmed dish and set aside. You can dissolve some instant coffee or expresso in some water, if you don’t have any leftover coffee or don’t want to brew it. The coffee needs to be cold.
  2. Set up a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan. Pour in about an inch or two of water into the saucepan, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Combine the egg yolks and ¼ cup of sugar in the bowl, whisking to combine, until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Pour in the half n half, and keep whisking for 7-10 minutes, until the mixture is cooked through and has thickened. Set aside to cool.
  5. Why are we making this custard? It will give the cream topping a luscious, velvety and really smooth texture. If you’d rather not do it, you can add 1 (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese to the mascarpone cheese, but the results won’t be the same.
  6. In a chilled bowl and using a cold whisk attachment and whip up the heavy cream, sweetening it with 2-4 Tablespoons of sugar, until soft peaks form.
  7. In another bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese and sugar. It should be easy enough to mix up the mascarpone and sugar with a rubber spatula. If not, mix it up using a hand mixer or a standing mixer. Be careful not to over mix it though.
  8. Add the cooled egg yolk mixture to the mascarpone.
  9. Add the vanilla and fold in the whipped cream.
  10. From this point you’ll start assembling the Tiramisu. I use a 13×9 inch rimmed glass baking dish.
  11. You will need the Italian lady fingers called savoiardi. They are light and very crisp. DO NOT use the soft lady fingers that are sometimes sold in the grocery stores. They will turn to mush and will not work for this recipe.
  12. Dunk the lady fingers in the coffee and rum mixture, just 2-3 seconds on each side. Don’t turn the lady fingers to mush, you want the center of the lady finger to still be dry. As the Tiramisu stands, it will soften and be the perfect consistency. If the lady fingers are too wet, it will have a really unpleasant texture.
  13. Arrange the soaked lady fingers in one layer. You can have them all in one direction, or different directions, just make it fit.
  14. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers.
  15. Dust it with cocoa powder.
  16. Repeat with another layer of lady fingers, dipping them in the coffee and rum mixture, arranging them in one layer and topping with the remaining mascarpone mixture. Spread it out evenly and dust with more cocoa powder.
  17. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving.

 

 

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  1. Oksana says

    Yum! All of your recipes look so delicious! If only I could consume all of these goodies and not pack on the pounds, I would bake all the time! :)

    • says

      Ha ha, Oksana!
      Eating baked goods is great, but I don’t have too much patience for baking and it tends to frustrate me, so I only baked once or twice a week, unless there’s some special occasions going on. However, sometimes I can get into a baking mood and bake days in a row.

  2. Elizabeth says

    I have been looking for an easy Tiramisu recipe, this one looks quick and delicious! Thank you for posting, Olga! Instead of doing coffee and rum, would it be possible to use Kahlua instead?

    • says

      I’m not exactly sure. Is Kahlua sweet? If it is, dilute with with regular coffee, since the dessert will be too sweet. Otherwise, it will work.

  3. Lesia Lapiuk says

    Lesia L says:

    Instead of dunking the lady fingers in coffee, I use a pastry brush and wipe the coffee on top of the lady fingers, this way they do not get too soggy.

    • says

      Yep, that’s certainly another great way of doing it, Lesia.
      I prefer dunking the lady fingers, and as long as you do it quickly, the lady fingers won’t get too soggy.

  4. Tanya says

    Just made it :). The cream tastes good, I hope the finished product tastes as good. I have been looking for this quick recepie for a while.

  5. lina says

    hey Olga:) for the mascarpone cheese, how much is that in oz? my store on’y sells the soft version in small 8oz packages. can I make beskvit cake instead of using lady fingers? thanks dear!

    • says

      Hi Lina,
      I would suggest using lady fingers instead of making a sponge cake. It will work, of course, but Tiramisu is made from lady fingers.
      1 lb = 16 oz. You will need 3 containers.

  6. Oksana says

    Olga! I made this cake yesterday and was blown away today by the flavor! Wow! This is honestly the best Tiramisu I ever ate! I love the egg custard; it definitely was worth all the trouble I went through. (Took me about 25 minutes for my custard to turn into a custard!) Thanks for the awesome recipe. Will definitely make again in the future. :)

  7. Oksana says

    Hi, Just want to let you know that I’m in process of making the tiramisu. As the previous reviewer wrote it took me almost 30 minutes for the custard to thicken. In your recipe at the beginning of the post you say to use 6 egg yolks (which is what I used), but in your recipe box you say to use 4 egg yolks. So which is it? I went with more, since I wanted more cream. Just wanting clarification though.
    I’ll let you know how the rest of the cake turns out when we try it.

    • says

      Sorry about the confusion. I’ve made it with both 4 and 6 egg yolks and they both turned out really well. The eggs will not become thick like a pudding, just slightly thickened. The mixture will thicken more as it cools. I didn’t have any issues whenever I made this Tiramisu.
      However, if it gives you a hard time, you can simply omit it. Follow the instructions that I have written in the recipe; I wrote how to make the mascarpone mixture without the custard.

      • Oksana says

        Oh, I wanted to add the custard, personally I think that’s the best part :-). It was kind of expensive to use the mascarpone ($15 total, maybe I’m shopping in the wrong place?)
        The cake was good though, even my kids loved it, it was eaten very very fast. So thanks for the recipe. I’ll try to shop around for the cheaper mascarpone and will certainly make this recipe again.

    • Julie says

      Veronika, I found mine at Krogers, but I have seen it at Target and Sprouts too. Its usually where the specialty cheeses are. I paid $12. Hope that helps!

  8. Violet says

    Hi Olga!
    First off-maladets your recipes are always great =)
    One question I had about the tiramisu recipe was what type of rum did you use? The flavor of rum is very different from one bottle to the next and wanted to take suggestions. Let me know!! Thank you.

    • says

      Thanks, Violet! You can use any rum that you like, or even cognac, brandy or coffee liqueur. I usually buy Bacardi Gold Rum, because that’s the one that’s usually available.

  9. Ilona says

    Hi Olga!!
    wanted to leave a positive feedback about this recipe! I have tried different version of making tiramisu and this recipe came the closest to the Olive Garden tiramisu that i love. I am impressed by the velvety and creamy texture of the cream…We very much enjoyed it. Thank You

  10. Lidiya says

    Hi Olga. Just made this delicious cake… Cant wait to try it tomorrow =) Added coffee liquor to the actual coffee. Hoping it will be good =)

  11. olga says

    Hi Olya I made this cake today. I had no problem with thickening the custard but I’ve made it once or twice before so I had little experience. I also used your recipe for perfect sponge cake and loved it! I used it instead of lady fingers. Oh and I got mascarpone cheese from trader joes for $2.99/8 oz.. hope this helps some ladies out there looking for alternatives. Thanks again..

  12. lena says

    love it , i did it twice but for some reason it didn’t turn out that tick like yours on the picture .for some reason mine was моre fluent but tasted really good

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