Tiramisu is a deliciously creamy and decadent coffee-flavored Italian dessert. Made with lady finger cookies layered with mascarpone cream. This simple tiramisu recipe is classic and is a hit at all parties. This is my fool-proof recipe that you will enjoy making over and over again.
Egg yolk mixture - In a stainless steel bowl, over a pot of simmering water, combine the egg yolks, salt, and half the sugar. Then, whip with a hand whisk until light and fluffy. Add the liquor and vanilla extract. Combine well but do not overmix. Set aside to cool completely. Pro tip - You can also use a double boiler to cook the egg yolks, and an electric mixer to whip the egg yolk mixture.
4 large Egg yolks, ⅓ cup Sugar, ¼ teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, 40 ml Alcohol - dark rum, brandy
Cream cheese - In a large mixing bowl with a whisk, cream the mascarpone cheese making sure there are no lumps. Set aside. Pro tip - Do not overwhip the cream cheese it can become grainy or curdled so if you use a hand mixer be careful.
1½ cups Mascarpone cream cheese
Whipping cream - In a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream with the remaining sugar until almost stiff peaks form. Set aside. Pro tip - You want to prepare the heavy whipped cream just before you combine all the ingredients.
1 cup Heavy cream, 2 tablespoon Sugar
Combine - Fold the egg yolk mixture into the cream cheese. Then, fold the whipped cream into the mixture. Stir with a rubber spatala. Don't use a whisk. Pro tip - It is very important not to overmix as it can break down the cream cheese causing it to be grainy or egg yolks to be runny.
Coffee mixture - In a shallow bowl, combine freshly brewed coffee and half the alcohol. Set aside to cool completely. Pro tip - If you use hot coffee it will make the cookies very soggy, so make sure it is cooled.
1 cups Espresso or strong coffee, 20 ml Alcohol - dark rum, brandy
Layer - You can use coffee mugs or little glass bowls for this dessert. - Break each ladyfinger into two or three pieces depending on the size of the bowl or serving cups. Dip them in the coffee mixture and then layer them in each cup. - Top with a few tablespoons of the mascarpone layer of cream filling. - Then, top with more pieces of ladyfingers dipped in the coffee mixture. - And then, top with the remaining mixture and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Pro tip - Put the mascarpone cream filling in a piping bag. This will make it less messy.
12 Lady fingers
Chill - When layered, cover with plastic wrap and chill the cups in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hoursPro tip - You can also grate some dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder - When chilled, just before serving, dust the top of the tiramisu generously with cocoa powder.
2 tablespoon Unsweetened cocoa powder
All ingredients must be full-fat otherwise the mixture will not set in the fridge.
The egg yolks are the thickening agent in this recipe (there is no gelatin) so it is important that you whip until the yolks make a thick light and fluffy mixture.
Use high-fat cream cheese but do not overmix or stir vigorously as it can split/curdle/break down.
Do not soak the cookies in the coffee mixture too long otherwise the base will become too soggy.
The cookies help support the tiramisu so make sure to cover the bottom of the baking dish properly. This way when you cut each slice will have a cookie to help support it.
The egg yolks mixture is too runny? Make sure to whip the egg yolks with sugar until it becomes thick. If necessary let it cool for a few minutes then whip again.
Cream cheese is grainy? When overwhipped cream cheese can break down. Alternatively, when you use low-fat cream cheese it can split as well.
Whip cream won't whip? Heavy cream that's not high in fat content will not whip to stiff peaks. Also, heavy cream needs to be chilled or it won't whip.
The final mascarpone mixture is too runny? This means either the yolk mixture broke down or the cream cheese become grainy. This means the mascarpone mixture won't set. You can still save the mixture by adding some melted gelatin to the mixture.
Tiramisu cake - Use the same recipe but layer the lady finger cookies in a 9-inch round spring form pan.
Eggless tiramisu - omit the egg yolk mixture completely. Combine the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture then layers as shown above.
Tiramisu ice cream - you can layer the cookies and cream in a loaf pan. Then, freeze until firm. Thaw 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Kahlua tiramisu - use kahlua instead of rum. I like to dip my lady finger cookies in Kahlua and coffee syrup.
Tiramisu without ladyfingers - Instead of lady finger cookies use baked light sponge cake layers.
Gluten-free Tiramisu - Instead of classic lady finger cookies use gluten-free ladyfingers.
Tiramisu without alcohol - Omit any alcohol in the recipe. Just coffee works great! I do that when I am serving this dessert with kids around.
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