Thursday, February 23, 2012


My mom's friend introduced us to this recipe many years ago. Ever since it has been a favorite no-bake dessert in my collection. This is such a easy recipe and can be made a day ahead of time. In fact, I think it always tastes better on the second day when the Ladyfingers have softened and the flavors intensify. I've definitely had leftover tiramisu for breakfast in the past and always thought it tasted better than the night before.

When it comes to choosing the Ladyfingers, I have realized that the ones from Trader Joe's are better for this recipe since they soften sooner than other brands. However, I've made this plenty of times without the Trader Joe's brand and still really enjoyed it. In those instances, I would allow the tiramisu to sit in the fridge overnight. There are raw eggs in this, which I know some people do not eat, so keep that in mind if you make this for somebody else. Also, if you don't have any chocolate at home when you make this, you could sprinkle the top of the tiramisu with cocoa powder instead of shaved chocolate.

3 eggs, separated
½ cup of sugar, plus 1½ a teaspoon
2 tablespoon Kahlua
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
1 8-oz package of Mascarpone cheese
250 grams Ladyfingers (preferably from Trader Joe’s)
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
½ pint of whipping cream
¾ cup coffee
shaved chocolate, for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, mix together the egg yolks, ½ cup of sugar, Kahlua, and instant coffee. Whisk for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Mascarpone cheese and beat for another 5 minutes.

Whisk egg whites with the ½ teaspoon of sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold them into cheese mixture.

Pour the coffee into a flat dish. Dip one side of the Ladyfingers into the coffee. Put the first layer of the dipped Ladyfingers in a 9x13" form. Spread ½ of the cheese mixture over the Ladyfingers and top with a half cocoa powder. Repeat one more time.

Whip the whipping cream with 1 teaspoon of sugar until stiff. Finish off the tiramisu with an even layer of whipped cream  and refrigerate. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to blend and Ladyfingers to soften.

When ready to serve, sprinkle with shaved chocolate, if using.

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