Recipe Save: Tiramisu

Origin:  Chopping Block
Total Preparation Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 8-10

Ingredients

For the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup espresso (or 1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum

For the assembly:

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 15 to 20 ladyfingers
  • Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings, for garnish

Preparation

  1. To make the syrup, combine the water, espresso and sugar in small heavy saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum, and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the mascarpone cheese, vanilla bean pulp and sugar with an electric mixer to combine.
  5. Add the cream and continue to beat until mixture is thick and fluffy.
  6. Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee syrup until well moistened.
  7. Line a glass bowl, trifle dish or individual dessert dishes with a single layer of ladyfingers.
  8. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the soaked ladyfingers.
  9. Top the cream with another layer of ladyfingers. Spread the remaining cream on top.
  10. Garnish with a dusting of sifted cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
  11. Chill for about 1 hour to set the tiramisu.
  12. Serve chilled, scooped into individual serving dishes.
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