Tiramisu is one of my husband’s favorite deserts thus I had a chance to try it quite a few times at various restaurants and different countries. When done well, Tiramisu can be absolutely delectable, its texture almost sensual and flavor intoxicating with the taste of cocoa, coffee and Kahlua.
When our friends invited us to an al fresco dinner at their chic beautiful house I decided that Tiramisu would be a perfect fit. In my previous posts I said that I don’t mind experimenting on my friends by preparing new dishes without practice and this time would be no different because it will be the first time that I would have made it. A risk – but reward if I’m successful would be so much sweeter (Pun intended).
Well, I’m glad to be able to tell you that it worked this time as well. My Tiramisu got a smashing reception, our friends loved it! It was a perfect desert and brought elegance and just the right degree of decadence to our warm casual dinner. Texture and flavor were in perfect balance, smooth, substantive and refined. It was a sensory treat that further enhanced the intimate atmosphere of the table and provided a delightful finish to a beautiful dinner!
Ingredients: coffee, Kahlua liquor, egg yolks, sugar, mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream, lady fingers, cocoa powder, dark chocolate shavings.
Separate egg yolks from egg whites.
In a glass bowl add egg yolks, sugar.
Add 1 tablespoon of Kahlua liquor.
Make mascarpone mixture: Whisk egg yolks, sugar and Kahlua in a glass bowl (medium speed) set over the bain-marie, a pot of barely simmering water, for 8 minutes.
Until the egg mixture is tripled in volume and has a smooth, pale yellow color.
Remove bowl from heat.
Then mix in additional 3 tablespoons of Kahlua and the mascarpone, about ½ cup at a time. Kitchen tip: Try not to over whip the mixture, otherwise it will separate.
Beat whip cream: In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. With a rubber spatula, add ½ cup of whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture and carefully, in a figure eight motion, fold it in.
Then fold in the rest of the whipped cream gently but thoroughly.
Working one at a time, dip each lady figure on both sides into the coffee mixture. Kitchen tip: make sure not to soak the cookies completely, they have to remain firm, otherwise they will fall apart.
Arrange the cookies in a single layer on the bottom of the trifle bowl, trimming edges to fit if necessary.
Spread 1 inch of the mascarpone mixture on top and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Soak the next layer of lady fingers in coffee and arrange them on top. Repeat 2 more times, finishing with the remaining mascarpone mixture. Cover with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, tiramisu will last up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve, sift some cocoa powder on top.
Garnish with chocolate shavings.
If desired, decorate tiramisu with golden berries (physalis) as pictured or any of your favorite berries.Print