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7 hrs 45 mins
This is my grandmother's tiramisu. I have been eating this for as long as I can remember and I have yet to try a tiramisu that I like better. I made this over the weekend and I didn't have kahlua on hand so I used creme de cacao instead and I think I may even prefer it that way now. In the past I have omitted the liqueur and it has still been very good. I have also used part-skim ricotta instead of mascarpone if I'm looking to lower calories and cost. Cook time is chill time for first the coffee and then for the cake itself. Feel free to make this even as early as two days before serving- it will only be better for it.
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- 1Brew 2-3 cups of espresso or very strong coffee (I use my Bialetti stove top moka pot). Allow coffee to cool completely and stir in liqueur.
- 2Pull a 13x9 pan, a large bowl, and a small bowl out of your cupboard.
- 3Separate eggs, placing egg whites in the smaller bowl and egg yolks in the larger bowl.
- 4Beat egg white with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat (or underbeat for that matter) the egg whites as this will ruin the consistency of the cream.
- 5Leaving the egg whites separate for the time being, add sugar to the egg yolks and beat until well blended. Then, add the mascarpone or ricotta and beat until creamy and well blended.
- 6Fold egg whites into the cheese mixture.
- 7Pour coffee mix into a bowl/container with a flat bottom large enough to accomodate one lady finger. I start with a pool of coffee about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch deep.
- 8One by one, roll the lady fingers in the coffee. If you oversoak them the cake will be soggy and under soaking could lead to it being crunchy. If in doubt, do a test cookie. Soak the cookie, then cut it in half. If it has been soaked the correct amount, the outside will be brown and soft but the very center (where you have cut it) will still be white and firm.
- 9As you roll each lady finger in the coffee, line them up in the 13x9 inch pan. When the cookies don't fit comfortably, cut them (after soaking) to make them fit.
- 10When you have one layer of "cake", spread half of the cheese mixture evenly over it and place a second layer of soaked cookies over the cheese mixture. Top with remaining cheese mix.
- 11My grandmother garnishes her tiramisu by sprinkling cocoa powder over it but I use grated 60% dark chocolate and sometimes I throw some grated white chocolate on top of that.
- 12Place tiramisu in fridge and wait at least 6 hours before serving.
- 13Note: This recipe freezes well so you can save leftovers for later if need be.
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Nutritional Facts for Nonna's Tiramisu
Serving Size: 1 (88 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 222.8
- Calories from Fat 56
- Total Fat 6.3 g
- Saturated Fat 2.4 g
- Cholesterol 145.5 mg
- Sodium 85.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 35.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
- Sugars 22.1 g
- Protein 6.4 g
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