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Tiramisu Recipe

From Deer Valley, Utah
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 people


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark rum
  • ½ cup cold water
  • splash Amaretto
  • lbs mascarpone
  • 36 ladyfingers
  • 2 cups coffee reduction or espresso
  • splash Kahlua
  • chocolate shavings optional


  • Whisk egg yokes, rum, Amaretto, sugar, and water over a hot water bath (use a double boiler if you have one) until thick and ribbony. This mixture when finished is called zabaglione.
  • Cool the zabaglione mixture over ice bath.
  • Whisk cooled zabaglione and mascarpone cheese together until well incorporated and smooth.
    DO NOT overmix or the mascarpone will break and become granular.
  • To prepare coffee reduction, simmer 4 cups of coffee until reduced by half. Cool and add Kahlua.
  • Prepare a 10 inch spring-form pan by lining the bottom and sides with parchment paper. If you don't have a spring-form like me, you might try a 10 inch casserole dish.
    Sometimes we have to be creative.
  • Place a layer of ladyfingers, flat side down, on the bottom of the pan, leaving a 1-inch gap between the sides and the ladyfingers. The 1-inch gap is so you can add more ladyfingers in an upright position a bit later.
  • Using a pastry brush, soak the ladyfingers with the cooled coffee reduction.
  • Fill a pastry bag (you can buy disposable bags at most housewares shops) with the mascarpone mixture and pipe a rope of cream to fill the gap around the ladyfingers. Also pipe cream across ladyfingers.
  • Place ladyfingers, in upright position, sugar side out, against the pan. Be sure to push them into the cream and fit them tightly against on another.
  • Begin the next layer by placing ladyfingers on the cream layer. You may cut them to create a perfect fit. Brush them with the coffee reduction.
  • Pipe a layer of cream on top of ladyfingers and smooth with a spatula.
  • Allow to chill overnight.
  • To unmold, simply undo spring-form and remove pager collar.
  • Top with chocolate shavings and serve.
  • If you didn't use a springboard, you can spoon serve from your pan.
    Not as pretty, but just as tasty.


Not a lot of prep for this recipe. It's more of a let's get started. You will have to make the coffee reduction or espresso.