Recipe by Chicagoland Chef du Jour
I am a self proclaimed connoisseurI of tiramisu. It is hands down my favorite dessert. I made this for Valentines Day. Serving sizes are large just like in any fine Italian restaurant. I successfully halved the recipe using an 8x8 pan and got 9 servings. Be sure to use the Italian ladyfinger cookies recommended, they are hard, not soft like sponge cake. I found the Savoiardi cookies in the Italian section of the grocery store. The creamy sauce and coffee syrup TDF! Make all of the syrup, you wont have much waste You can leave the mini chips out if you don't want to bite into chips. Cook time is chilling which can be 3 hours but best if let to chill overnight. I chilled overnight.
- 6 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups mascarpone, room temperature
- 1 cup miniature chocolate chip (optional if you don't want the texture of chips in your dessert)
- 6 cups boiling water
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup instant espresso powder
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 cup coffee liqueur
- 2 (14 ounce) packages Savoiardi cookies (hard Italian ladyfingers)
- 1⁄4-3⁄4 cup finely grated chocolate, just enough to dust the top
Directions See How It's Made
- In a metal stand mixer bowl, combine the eggs and granulated sugar. Beat well to combine.
- Place the bowl on top of a small pot with 1-inch of boiling water; be sure that the bowl does not touch the water. Beat the eggs until they have tripled in size and the whisk leaves a trail, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Once the eggs have tripled in size, remove the bowl from the double boiler and put on the stand mixer equipped with the whisk and beat on a medium speed until the bottom of the bowl feels cool, about 5 minutes.
- Add the mascarpone and chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Refrigerate 1 hour.
- Combine the boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and coffee liqueur. Stir until everything has dissolved. Let cool.
- When the espresso mixture has cooled, dip the cookies in the liquid one at a time and line the bottom of a 9x 13-inch baking dish. NOTE: dipping the cookies makes for a wetter dessert, alternately you can brush both sides with the syrup, using a pastry brush. Use as much or as little as you like.
- Spread 1/3 of the chilled mascarpone mixture over the cookies. Repeat this process 2 more times finishing with a layer of mascarpone. ** For more stability, lay the second layer of cookies in the opposite direction of the first layer.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours and up to overnight; the longer it chills the easier it will be to slice. *I chilled overnight.
- Top the tiramisu with finely grated chocolate. Cut into squares and serve.