Recipe File: Simple Tiramisu
Tiramisu has recently become an extremely popular Italian dessert that is now served in virtually every Italian restaurant. Originally served in the afternoon as a "boost", tiramisu contains both caffeine and alcohol in a creamy cheese mixture served in layers. Tiramisu can be complex (featuring layering of different flavors and textures) or simplistic. This recipe does not use any eggs (cooked or raw) and provides the simplest blend of ingredients to form a fast and tasty basic tiramisu.
First, start by assembling the ingredients. We'll need one pound of mascarpone cheese, a cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons rum (brandy also works well), ~20 lady's fingers (a light, oblong italian cookie with powdered sugar on one side), cocoa powder, a double shot of espresso, 1/2 cup of coffee, and shavings of unsweetened dark chocolate to top (1 oz. should do).
Chill whipping cream and bowl. Mix coffee and espresso and chill.
Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks.
Put the cheese, sugar, and brandy into a medium bowl and mix until smooth. Add more sugar or alcohol as desired. Fold in whipping cream to create cheese mixture.
Soak lady fingers in espresso for a couple seconds, rotating to coat all sides. Place lady fingers side by side on bottom of a 7x7 pan.
Put half the cheese mixture on lady fingers in pan. Smooth with a spatula or spoon. Sift cocoa powder liberally on surface of layer.
Apply second layer of lady fingers and remaining cheese. Sift cocoa powder and half of chocolate shavings.
Cover in plastic wrap and chill.
To serve, use the remaining chocolate shavings by sprinkling a bit onto eight plates. Cut tiramisu into eight rectangles and serve on plates (or simply spoon them out).
Basic Tiramisu (serves 8)
|about 20 lady's fingers||dip||layer & spread twice||cover|
|2 shots espresso||mix & chill|
|1/2 cup coffee|
|1 cup heavy whipping cream||whisk to stiff peaks||fold|
|1 lb. mascarpone cheese||mix|
|1/2 cup granulated sugar|
|3 tablespoons rum (or brandy)|
|shavings of unsweetened dark chocolate|