Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
From www.TopSecretRecipes.com This is from top secret recipes... Chilling time is NOT included.
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups mascarpone cheese
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 20 -24 ladyfingers
- 1⁄2 cup cold espresso
- 1⁄4 cup Kahlua
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 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.
- Whisk egg yolks, milk and sugar together in a medium metal bowl, then place the bowl on top of the saucepan.
- Stir the mixture often for 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
- Remove the bowl from the heat, and to it add the 2 cups of mascarpone cheese and the vanilla.
- Whisk the cheese until it smooths out.
- In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until thick.
- 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.
- Combine the espresso and Kahlua in a large, shallow bowl.
- One-by-one, quickly dip each ladyfinger in the espresso.
- The ladyfinger will soak up the espresso like a sponge, so dip quickly.
- Arrange half of the dipped ladyfingers side-by-side on the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch serving dish or baking pan.
- Spoon about half of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, then add another layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the cheese mixture.
- Spoon the remaining cheese mixture over the second layer of ladyfingers and spread it evenly.
- 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.
- Cover and chill for several hours.
- To serve, slice the dessert twice across and down creating 9 even portions.
I LOVE Olive Garden's tiramisu, so much that I've asked for it as my birthday cake in the past :-) This recipe is pretty close to it! I'm only giving this recipe 4 stars because I did not use any Kahlua in this. I made a different tiramisu recipe not too long ago and added the alcohol and it completely overpowered the dish, no one liked it. There is definitely no liquor in Olive Garden's tiramisu. I mixed the mascarpone really, really well and made sure to beat the heavy cream long enough that it wasn't runny, and I had no problems with graininess or the filling being too thin at all. The only problem in this recipe is with the lady fingers. I wouldn't dip them next time, they soaked up my espresso way faster than I could dip them, and they were completely saturated in the dish, so much that when I was slicing the pieces, there was a puddle of espresso at the bottom. The lady fingers aren't that drenched in Olive Garden's recipe, I would just brush the espresso on each one next time. It was a hit though, everyone liked it :-)
This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" (Penguin/Putnam(
This was very good. I think when I make it again, I would add a third layer of the coffee/kahlua-soaked lady fingers. I needed a bit more "bitter" to cut the sweet. The mascarpone/custard/whipcream mixture would be wonderful in some sort of trifle--so I can see going places with that. Thank you.