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TiramisuI have been wanting to make tiramisu for over a year.  Every once in a while I would browse the cookie ilse at the grocery store looking for ladyfingers, but could never seem to find them.  Then, a few weeks ago I was at Trader Joe’s and the ladyfingers practically jumped in my cart.  I was looking for edamame in the frozen food section, looked up, and they there were on the self directly in front of me.  I took that as a sign that it was time to finally make tiramisu.  Even better, Easter was only a few weeks away, so I ever had a special family get together as a reason to make a nice dessert. 

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1/8 cup Kahlua, rum or other coffee liquor
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies – I prefer the soft kind
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  3. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  4. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
  5. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a springform pan. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 24 – 48 hours, until set.  the flavors are at their peak at about 48 hours.

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