The quintessential Italian dessert. Just the name causes certain images to appear in your mind. That of red and white checkered table clothes covered in candle light while mandolin music plays softly over head. The taste is so silky with the cheese and the hint of coffee flavoring. Such a popular dessert that it has become a must on any Italian restaurant menu. Many people think this dessert must require a lot of time and care to make, when in actuality it doesn't take much work at all. A few ingredients and you have one of the best desserts out there. Tiramisu.
- 10 oz Mascarpone cheese
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 egg whites
- 4 tbs sugar
- 4 tbs milk
- 1 1/2 cup strong coffee cooled
- 2 tbs coffee liquor, brandy, rum, or Strega.
- 25-35 lady fingers
- Coco powder
1. Mix milk, coffee, 2 tbs sugar, and liquor of your choice in a casserole dish until incorporated.
2. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks and 2 tbs sugar together until creamy. Add in the mascarpone cheese.
3. In another bowl whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold cheese mixture into egg whites.
4. Now for the fun part, take each lady finger and dip them in the coffee mixture covering all sides and making sure it starts to soak up. (Hint: don't let them get soggy or they fall apart).
Layer the lady fingers down in a 9 x 9 inch square baking dish. Once the first layer is down. Spread half the cheese mixture over top.
5. Sprinkle some coco powder. Then begin another layer of lady fingers.
6. Top with remaining cheese mixture and sprinkle with more coco powder. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours before serving.