Posted by - Veronica
I have just three words for you, bakers: Tira. Mi. Su.
I believe this translates from the Italian as "Yum. Nom. Num." At least, that's what it says on the internet.
Seriously, tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and something that I always consider a delicacy when I see it on a restaurant menu. Because, who makes tiramisu at home? Not me, certainly. And even though I'm choosing it now, I'm still a little intimidated by it. But I found a great recipe over at All Recipes, which has a ton of reviews. Also some helpful advice in the reviews, so I definitely recommend popping over and reading. I'll note some of them here, though, as well.
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
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
2 tablespoons rum
2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies
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 peak form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
3. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
4. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7x11 inch dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.
Here are some of the tips I read that I think will be helpful.
1. Use soft ladyfingers. I guess they come in both hard and soft, and the soft ones work much better in tiramisu. I read this in the comments of more than one recipe, so it must be true.
2. Double the coffee/rum mixture. Many people said they needed to do this.
3. Refrigerate at least 24 hours if possible. Apparently the flavors really come together after 24 to 48 hours.