Doris’ Decadent Tiramisu
This iconic Italian dessert has only been around since the 1960s. Like most legends, its origin is a matter of some dispute. Some claim that the delicious custard, coffee, and cocoa concoction was created at Le Beccherie in Veneto, Italy. Others claim that the sweet stuff was first made at the end of the 17th century in honor of Grand Duke Cosimo III. We’ll let the food historians settle that debate while we serve up this delightful dish.
The recipe below takes about 30 minutes to assemble and results in 8 to 10 servings.
2 cups freshly brewed espresso
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
3 tablespoons coffee liqueur
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup dry Marsala
1 pound mascarpone (2 1/2 cups)
1 cup chilled heavy cream
36 savoiardi, otherwise known as ladyfingers
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
- Stir together espresso, 1 tablespoon sugar, and liquer in a shallow bowl until sugar has dissolved, then cool.
- Beat egg yolks, Marsala, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water using a whisk or handheld electric mixer until tripled in volume, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove bowl from heat.
- Beat in mascarpone until just combined.
- Beat cream in a large bowl until it holds stiff peaks.
- Fold mascarpone mixture into whipped cream gently until completely mixed
- Dipping both sides of each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture, line bottom of a 13- by 9- by 3-inch baking pan with 18 ladyfingers in 3 rows, trimming edges to fit if necessary.
- Spread half of mascarpone filling on top. Dip remaining 18 ladyfingers in coffee and arrange over filling in pan.
- Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top and dust with cocoa. Chill, covered, at least 6 hours.
- Let tiramisu stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving, then dust with more cocoa.
- Serve to guests impressed that you didn’t pick up dessert from Publix.
Pro-Tips: Take your tiramisu game to the next level with a few sopraffino ideas:
- Use cocoa stencils to add a design to your tiramisu. You can personalize with favorite cartoon characters, add some flair with a fleur-de-lis, or show your love with hearts.
- Fruit is an excellent accompaniment to the deep rich coffee and chocolate flavors of tiramisu. Set out dishes with sliced strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and let guests choose their fave to top off their dessert.
- For some extra wow, add a few swirls of caramel syrup while plating.