tiramisu [ ladyfinger-mascarpone dessert]

10 servings
8 larges Egg yolks
½ cup Sugar
1½ pounds Mascarpone cheese preferably imported
4 larges Egg whites
2 cups Cold italian espresso coffee brewed strong
¼ cup Brandy
42  Ladyfingers; imported
½ cup Cocoa powder; unsweetened
  Semisweet chocolate for garnish

+----------------------------------------------------------------- Use only real Mascarpone cheese in this recipe. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE +------------------------------------------------------------------ Beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.

In a large bowl ( electric mixer is OK), beat eggs and sugar unti thick and pale yellow. Fold in mascarpone until thoroughly incorporate and smooth. Fold in beaten egg whites in the same way.

Combine espresso and brandy in a medium size bowl. Dip each ladyfinger in the mixture quickly and singly; do not soak. Place a layer of moistened ladyfingers in the bottom of a 14x10-in dish.

Spread half the mascarpone mixture evenly over the ladyfingers.

Sprinkle half the cocoa through a strainer over the mascarpone in an even layer. Dip the rest of the ladyfingers in the espresso-brandy mixture and make another layer. Spread the remaining mascarpone over the ladyfingers. Sprinkle rest of cocoa over it. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours. Just before serving, shave chocolate with peeler and sprinkle over cake.

+--adapted by Nick LaRocca from Trattoria Cooking by Biba Caggiano Submitted By NICK LA ROCCA On 03-04-95

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