I have been in love with this dessert for years and years. I have also made many TERRIBLE batches of it for years and years. I finally got it right – or at least WAY better than before.
We were getting together with family this past weekend, and tiramisu popped into my head as a dessert to bring – because it’s so good and if it bombs at least my family has to pretend it’s not so bad. haha! Plus that also means it isn’t INSANELY tacky that I took out a portion, took pictures of it and consumed it – it’s just a LITTLE tacky.
We had a great time together as usual – it’s always so good to catch up. Baby Lukas isn’t so much of a baby any more, which makes me a little sad!
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
2 packages lady fingers
1/3 cup of kahlua
1/2 cup of coffee
2 (8 ounce) tubs of mascarpone cheese - room temperature
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of powdered sugar, separated
1 teaspoon of vanilla
On a large plate pour the kahlua and coffee together. Quickly dip an entire package of lady fingers and place in a large bowl or platter or trifle. Then whip together the heavy whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until thick. Layer 1/2 of the whipped cream mixture on top of the first package of lady fingers. Then dip the second package of lady fingers into the coffee and kahlua mixture and layer on top of the whipped cream.
At this point I put the bowl into the freezer. Then I emptied the mascarpone into a mixing bowl, added 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Moving around the bowl with the back of my spatula I pressed the mascarpone into the powdered sugar until it came together. Then I added the remaining whipped cream mixture and folded together. Pour the final mixture on top of the second batch of lady fingers. Sift cocoa powder on top for garnish. Put in the fridge for a few hours and serve once chilled through.
Next time: I would double the booze and the coffee mixture and drench the bottom layer of lady fingers - this is how I like tiramisu best. When making it for a crowd however, I wouldn't recommend it that way! :-)