TSR Version of Olive Garden Tiramisu by Todd Wilbur

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

From www.TopSecretRecipes.com This is from top secret recipes... Chilling time is NOT included.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a boil over medium/high heat, then reduce the heat so that the water is simmering.
  2. Whisk egg yolks, milk and sugar together in a medium metal bowl, then place the bowl on top of the saucepan.
  3. Stir the mixture often for 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat, and to it add the 2 cups of mascarpone cheese and the vanilla.
  5. Whisk the cheese until it smooths out.
  6. In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until thick.
  7. Slowly fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until it's completely incorporated, but don't over mix or it will lose its fluff and flatten out.
  8. Combine the espresso and Kahlua in a large, shallow bowl.
  9. One-by-one, quickly dip each ladyfinger in the espresso.
  10. The ladyfinger will soak up the espresso like a sponge, so dip quickly.
  11. Arrange half of the dipped ladyfingers side-by-side on the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch serving dish or baking pan.
  12. Spoon about half of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, then add another layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the cheese mixture.
  13. Spoon the remaining cheese mixture over the second layer of ladyfingers and spread it evenly.
  14. Put two t. of cocoa powder in a tight-mesh strainer and gently tap the side of the strainer to add an even dusting of cocoa powder over the top of the dessert.
  15. Cover and chill for several hours.
  16. To serve, slice the dessert twice across and down creating 9 even portions.
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This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" (Penguin/Putnam(

tsrweb March 24, 2011

I just tried this recipe, and it is so decadently rich! Possibly more rich and easier to make than more traditional Italian tiramisu since it uses whipped cream in place of beaten egg whites. I used lactose-free cream, and Schar gluten-free ladyfingers. If you want super rich and creamy tiramisu and don't mind extra fat/calories for a special treat, I recommend this recipe.

aluminumfree February 03, 2014

Followed the recipe with the exception of boiling the water in the pan while constantly whistling the egg yolk mixture. Came out perfectly without any grainy texture at all. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

Bstgirl January 01, 2014

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