One thing I’m a real fan of is Tiramisu. There is just something about those spongey layers of ladyfingers soaked in delicious espresso and then topped with the most creamy mascarpone and vanilla filling, that keeps making me want to have it all the time. It’s just simply divine!
Problem is, it can be a bit intimidating to make sometimes because you need to make sure that the mascarpone and egg white filling is perfectly fluffy and creamy, otherwise it can become runny. It’s not impossible to do, but just take a little more precision and attention to detail.
I have been trying to get the best and easiest version of the Tiramisu recipe out to all of you for a while now. I have tried making so many different versions of this recipe, that my family has been officially “Tiramisu-ed” out! Haha! I finally (after at least 5 to 7 attempts) just decided to try my hand at making my own version of Tiramisu and I think I finally got it! Actually, I KNOW this recipe is good because I made it this past weekend and handed it out to a lot of people to give me their thoughts. So far, no complaints, but ALOT of empty plates and requests for seconds! :O)
This Tiramisu recipe has the most delicious and creamy mascarpone filling ever! The ladyfingers are soaked in a delicious coffee and hazelnut flavor. And if you want to add some more flavor, you can include some Amaretto into the mix to make it even more incredible! It’s is a really easy recipe that will surely impress your crew, but mostly give you a true confidence that you can make a really amazing dessert without any fuss or fear! You can do the Tiramisu! Haha!
Servings: 12-16 slices
- ½ cup sugar + another 1/3 cup of sugar for mix
- 1/3 cup of water
- 2/3 cup of espresso
- 3 Tbsp of Amaretto (*optional)
- 3 Tbsp of Hazelnut liqueur
- 16 oz. of softened mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of whipped cream (*Cool Whip works well too)
- 3 3oz packages of ladyfingers
- ¼ cup of unsweetened cacao powder
- Fresh berries (Thinly sliced Strawberries or Whole Raspberries)
**NOTE: You can substitute the ladyfingers for “Speculoos” cookies to give the Tiramisu a slight crispier texture. And add layers of Nutella in between by mixing Nutella with a little Hazelnut oil till it is pourable over the mascarpone cheese mixture. Drizzle onto mixture.
- For the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the ½ cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water. Mix well and bring to a boil before you turn off stove. When you remove from heat, stir in the espresso, hazelnut liqueur and amaretto (*optional). Set aside to cool.
- For the filling: In a medium bowl, stir together mascarpone cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar, and the vanilla.
- In a chilled medium mixing bowl, mix the whipping cream till it starts to have large soft peaks. Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture to lighten it up. Fold in remaining whipped cream gently until mixture seems light and fluffy. (If you decide to use COOL WHIP, you can just directly take 1 cup of it and fold into the mascarpone mix. Then gently fold in remainder 1 cup till mix is completely light and fluffy.)
- To Assemble: Arrange half of the ladyfingers in a 2-quart square baking dish and take each one and dip into the sugar/coffee mix from stove and lay back in pan. (Do not oversoak the ladyfingers – just soak quickly on both sides and lay in pan.) Continue with each ladyfinger till entire pan is filled with soaked ladyfingers.
- Spread ½ of the mascarpone filling on top of the soaked ladyfingers.
- Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the mascarpone mixture and then spread the remaining mascarpone mixture on top.
- Put your cocoa powder in a sieve and gently tap with side of hand to sprinkle a healthy amount of the cocoa on top of the tiramisu.
- Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 24hrs (The longer you allow to refrigerate, the more flavorful the tiramisu will become.)
- When completely chilled, serve slices and garnish with thin slices of strawberries, raspberries, or a dollop of Nutella on top.
That’s it!! You will have the most amazing Tiramisu on your plate ever! I’m pretty sure you will be eating more than 1 slice OR have people request you make this for them after they try it!
If you decide to make it, let me know! Tag me on IG @cmspiceculture with your pics or leave a comment below!