Tiramisu means, appropriately, pick me up in Italian. My daughter's favorite dessert since her high school days, and I wanted to make it for her birthday. This was my first time making it and I couldn't believe how easy it was and wondered why I never thought about making it before! Minimal ingredients, no cooking, fuss free, but looks and tastes like a million bucks! I tried to make it eggfree, and didn't use eggs in the filling. But the store bought ladyfingers had eggs in them and I didn't have the time to make my own without the eggs. Some day, I will make the cookie base eggless too!
16-18ladyfingerssavoiardi biscuitsI used Alessi brand savoiardi biscotti that I found in the local Publix store
Set out the mascarpone to come to room temperature
Gather all the ingredients
Make a cup of strong coffee or espresso, and cool it
Add the coffee liqueur/kahlua to the coffee
Whip the cream until peaks form
Mix the sugar and vanilla essence if using to the mascarpone cheese
Add in the whipped cream to the mascarpone + sugar mix
Take a glass rectangular/square dish. Take each of the ladyfingers, dip just about 5 seconds in the coffee on both sides, and line the bottom of the dish; make sure the cookies are not soaked too long as they will get soggy; break them if needed to fill the entire surface
With a spatula, spread half of the cream + mascarpone mix evenly on the cookie layer
Make another layer of ladyfingers, dipping each into the coffee mix for exactly 5 seconds
Top with another layer of cream + cheese mix
Sieve a thin layer of cocoa powder on top
Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4-6 hours for all the layers to set
Typically, some sweet marsala wine/ rum is also added to the cream cheese mix. I had neither, and did without. We didn't miss it.
My daughter said this was the best tiramisu she's ever had, and she's had a lot of tiramisu! I couldn't believe how easy it was, as it was mostly assembly but she thought it was a big deal!