I am sneaking in a delicious and yet unhealthy dessert today! I was inspired to learn how to make Tiramisu due to my Italian roots. This is an all-time favorite dessert for those special occasions. Life is too short not to enjoy such delicacies every once in a while, and we enjoy these splurges immensely. It is amazingly scrumptious, light, and yet not overly sweet. Perfect balance of sweetness, rich coffee and smooth brandy flavor soaked in ladyfingers. I made this recently for my brother-in-law’s engagement party and it received rave reviews!
1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (organic, if possible)
4 cups whipping cream (raw, if possible)
2 (8 oz) containers cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
4 Tbsp whipping cream
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3 packages ladyfingers (I find this in the bakery section at my local Fred Meyer’s)
1/2 cup cold strong coffee or espresso
1/2 cup marsala wine, brandy, amaretto or white rum (I use brandy with great success)
Cocoa powder, or grated chocolate
1. In a large bowl, lightly beat the cream cheese, sour cream and 4 Tablespoons whipping cream to smooth it out.
2. Add the confectioners’ sugar, 4 cups whipping cream, vanilla, and salt and using an electric beater, beat this mixture until it is smooth and thickened like fluffy cream.
3. Using one 15 x 11 inch glass pan or two 8 x 8 baking pans, line the bottom with ladyfingers, flat side down.
4. Combine the cold, strong coffee and the liquor in a cup.
5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush half of the coffee/liquor mixture over the ladyfingers.
6. Cover with half of the mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle liberally with powdered cocoa.
7. Add another layer of ladyfingers, and repeat as above. Sprinkle top liberally with the cocoa.
8. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 24 hours. This is important, as it blends the flavors and the ladyfingers soak up the liquid. A perfect tiramisu should slice easily, but can be a little soft and perhaps even a little runny when served, rather than holding its shape perfectly.
Makes 12-15 slices.