By Courtly on January 11, 2008
Photo by Sue Lau
Photo by Sue Lau
"From www.TopSecretRecipes.com This is from top secret recipes... Chilling time is NOT included."
Serving Size: 1 (97 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 9
"This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" (Penguin/Putnam("
"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."
"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!"
"I followed the recipe carefully to a T and the mixture came out runny. I just wasted at least $30 or more not to mention the gas going to several stores to find ingredients, then going to the store again to get more ingredients to try to fix it. I'll stick to going to Olive Garden for my tiramisu... Very disappointed."
"I have made this tiramisu recipe 3 times. My friends and I really love it. I did substitute the kahlua with baileys and coffee due to I didn't have any kahlua on hand. I thought the substitute was fabulous."
"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 is my first time making a tiramisu. I have tried Olive Gardens and loved it. This recipe was very easy. It was a good tiramisu, but not Olive Gardens. Thanks for sharing the recipe."
"Flavor was really great however the end product came out very thin i might add some regular cream cheese next time to thicken it for perfection. It takes more than 10 min for the egg sugar mixture to thicken and I put it on medium heat instead of simmer came out smooth no grains in around 15 min stirred for the entire 15 min so pull up a chair it can get exhausting. Awesome recipe so simple my husband made it :)"
"great recipe!! this is my first time making tiramisu and it was so easy and i cant beleive how good it turned out! i will be making this more often. very easy recipe as long as you follow the directions you wont be disapointed. i have never tried the olive gardens tiramisu so i cant comment on if it tastes the same or not, but with out a doubt this is a great recipe!!"
"This is a great recipe! My first attempt at tiramisu, and I was very happy. As other posters have said, not exactly like OG's but SO close. I forgot to pick up heavy cream so I used a container of greek yogurt. The custard came out textured a little different, heavier maybe. But the flavor was fabulous!! I also didn't feel like spending $20 on a bottle of Kahlua that I'm never gonna drink, so I used rum. Yum! Others have posted that they've had problems with the custard being grainy. I found you have to be really consistent about stirring the egg, sugar, milk mixture."
"This is great! It's not exactly like Olive Garden's tiramisu, but it's very close. It's a bit sweeter, has an extra layer of ladyfingers, and has a little stronger vanilla flavor than Olive Garden's, but it's just as delicious.
The recipe is very easy to follow. The mixture was completely smooth when I made it. The key is to make sure the mascarpone is room temp before working with it, no need to cool the egg mixture. The only problem I had was my top layer or ladyfingers floating to the top! So it didn't have a nice smooth top, but that didn't affect anyone's overall enjoyment. I'll be making this recipe again and again."
"This was very good! I made it for Fathers Day, and my husband said it was just like the Tiramisu he had at Olive Garden! I followed the recipe other than adding and addional layer of soaked ladyfingers. The only issue I ran into,as mentioned by another reviewer, was the the egg and cheese mixture was not smooth....not sure why. Tasted great, but looked grainy. I think I will try letting the egg mixture cool completely before adding it to the cheese next time. It was a great dessert, and once chilled over night, cut and held up nicely. Thanks for a great recipe!"
"Fantastic recipe, just like the Tiramisu we had in Italy."
"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."
"Today will be the third time I am making this, and I had completely forgotten to review this recipe. Everyone loved this tiramisu. Better than most store bought ones. All I can add is just to make sure that the egg mixture is thickened enough before taking it off the heat or the cake will not set. Thank you for sharing."
"This was very close to Olive Garden Tiramisu. Not exact, but still SUPER yummy. It wasn't very difficult to make either and way cheaper than buying a pan from the OG. I will definitely make this again."
"This recipe is totally different from my Copycat Recipes . com recipe - both copy cat sites, 2 totally different ways to make it. My family and I have found that the true Copycat Recipe . com recipe is EXACT to the Olive Garden's Tiramisu, can't wait to try this one and compare!"
"Very easy! one of the best i've tried!"
"This was very very darn close to the original!! I made this for my Mother's B-day since its her favorite dessert. I had a problem with my mascarpone filling having a "grainy" texture for some reason. If it hadn't of had that, then it would have been right on. I DID whisk the egg yolk mixture for 10 minutes and everything came together perfectly. Not sure where the grainy texture came from when its supposed to be creamy. Could have been me though. I had to use 36 lady fingers to cover my 8x8 pan and needed to double the expresso/Kahlua mixture accordingly, but otherwise followed the directions exactly. I would definitely recommend this recipe! They charge $40 for a pan of this at the Olive Garden and you can make it for half that! I think I would brush some of the expresso mixture onto the ladyfingers next time as they were a bit too soggy in my opinion from the dipping. This was an awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing!"
"I served this for Motherâ€™s day, as itâ€™s my momâ€™s favorite dessert. Everyone raved! I followed the recipe except I used a 12 x 8 inch dish which required a few more lady fingers. I would highly recommend this recipe!"