I am sure that most of you can tell that I am of Italian descent with the last name Santangelo. I really cook and love all types of foods but my favorite things to cook are all of the Italian dishes that I grew up with. I’m going to be honest here though, I never really liked Tiramisu. That is until I tried my recipe for Tiramisu. I am going to let you in on my secrets to make Tiramisu at home. You are going to LOVE it as much as I do!
I never could understand why people would always order it in restaurants. The taste just wouldn’t do it for me!
I think the reason that I didn’t really like it was that most Tiramisu recipes are made with coffee-flavored alcohol. I really do not like the taste of desserts that have alcohol in them. Now pour some in a glass and I’m a taker, but not in my dessert. Also, since Tiramisu is not cooked, if I use alcohol in the recipe then my kids can’t eat it. I substitute regular old coffee instead of the coffee-flavored alcohol.
I’m sure you might feel like this is a very intimidating dessert to make at home, but I will give you a very easy recipe that anyone can make at home.
How To Make Tiramisu At Home
1. Add the egg yolks and sugar to a bowl and stir until combined.
2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk constantly for 10 minutes until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is thick and lemon colored. *tip: do not put too much water, it should not be touching the bottom of the bowl.
3. Set aside to cool slightly.
4. While the egg mixture is cooling, whip the cream to stiff peaks. *tip: put your bowl in the freezer until ready to use. A cold bowl makes the cream whip faster.
5. Fold the mascarpone cheese into the cooled egg mixture and set aside. *tip: room temperature mascarpone cheese is easier to fold in.
6. Gently fold the whipped cream into your egg/cheese mixture.
7. Now you are ready to assemble the Tiramisu. Quickly dip each ladyfinger in the coffee and arrange them to cover the bottom of the pan.
8. Spoon 1/2 of your cream mixture over the ladyfingers and spread to cover.
9. Repeat the ladyfinger cream mixture process for 1 more layer.
10. Dust with cocoa powder.
That’s it! You did it! There are a few steps, but the payoff is worth it.
You need to refrigerate the Tiramisu for at least 3 hours but overnight is better. It will keep for 3-4 days stored in the fridge. It actually just tastes more delicious the longer it sits and the flavors blend together.
Now you can amaze all of your friends at your next dinner party with this restaurant-quality dessert. You can even make it a full Italian dinner if you like, with Caprese Salad and Ravioli with Homemade Alfredo Sauce. Happy Eating!!