Italian restaurants are notorious for having signature desserts on their menus such as cannolis and tiramisu. They charge a fortune because the consumer always assumes they are labor intensive and expensive. Not the case……I can easily show you step by step how to make a delicious tiramisu that will rival that of your favorite restaurants. You will impress everyone at your next dinner party! Pinky swear! ha
The ingredients are simple, with most being pantry items.
5 egg yolks (relax you wont get sick)
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp. white sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (not the cheap imitation crap!)
2 8 oz. Containers of Mascarpone cheese, room temp (this will help it whip easier)
2-3 cups strong dark coffee or espresso *this will vary so brew some extra for yourself
2 packages store bought lady fingers *feeling fancy? Make your own “Aint nobody got time for that”
1/4 cup dark chocolate (keep refrigerated, I will tell you why later)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (plus more for garnish if you would like)
My advice? Get your ingredients all measured out before you start. It will make your life that much easier.
Lets get this thing started shall we?
In a large bowl beat your egg yolks and the 1/4 cup of white sugar. Beat the crap out of these until they are soft, pale yellow, fluffy and almost tripled in volume…This should take about 3 ish minutes. Yes I just said “ish” haha
See? That wasn’t so hard! The mixture will feel light and airy as opposed to stiff and flat. At this point go into….
Add in your two containers of mascarpone cheese to the beaten egg yolk and sugar mixture. I added in around 1/8 cup of the chilled coffee to this mixture. Continue to beat this until the cheese is incorporated and the mixture is smooth like a baby’s bottom.
Set this mixture aside while you prepare the rest of the tiramisu.
Now it is time to soak the lady fingers in the chilled strong coffee.
I used Starbucks because I am fancy like that. You may use any other brand but make sure it is strong! This helps with that authentic restaurant quality taste. I would suggest only dipping the lady fingers into the coffee for 2-3 seconds. Yes, that quickly. Some recipes I have came across say up to 10…..you will have mush…trust me, been there!
Cover the bottom of your glass baking pan (or any desired pan) with a layer of soaked lady fingers. Cover each layer of lady fingers with your yummy fluffy mascarpone mixture. Do this continuously until you run out of ingredients….I did about 3 layers of each in a 13×9 glass baking dish.
Most tiramisu desserts do not have a whipped cream layer but I am a sucker for it and wanted to add it, something tells me you won’t mind once you taste this!
Beat your 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream with the 3 remaining tablespoons of white sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until medium peaks are formed…..Think marshmallow topping consistency. Take it to far and you’ll have butter…..woof.
You will want to use an electric mixer pictured above unless you feel like working out those arm muscles. Top the layered tiramisu with a generous layer of this whipped cream. The cinnamon, vanilla and coffee flavors blend perfectly together.
Use an ordinary household peeler and shave your refrigerated dark chocolate on top….Heck, do as much as you want. Lets be serious chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven. You want the chocolate cold so the curls look prettier. (and they will curl easier and will melt in your hand slower) I took the garnish one step further and sprinkled it with more cinnamon and toasted lady fingers for some crunch….Be creative and play around with the toppings….chocolate covered espresso beans perhaps?….just sayin!
Enjoy it! Stuff your face!!!@#$$$)
I know I did