Rich and Creamy Tiramisu

“Tiramisu is Italian for ‘pick-me-up,’ and this one is definitely true to its name! My version of the classic Tuscan trifle has both coffee and espresso for layers of java flavour.” —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rich and Creamy TiramisuPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16servings 15minutes + standing 10minutes + chilling
Servings Prep Time
16servings 15minutes + standing
Cook Time
10minutes + chilling
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. Stir mascarpone cheese; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Whisk yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup Marsala and salt in top of a double boiler until mixture is thickened (ribbon stage) and a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from heat; whisk in mascarpone until almost smooth. Whip cream and remaining sugar until soft peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture.
  2. Combine coffee, espresso powder and remaining Marsala. Briefly dip 8 ladyfingers into coffee mixture and place in the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Top with 1-1/2 cups mascarpone mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Refrigerate, covered, 6 hours or overnight. To serve, loosen and remove rim; sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Recipe Notes

Test Kitchen tips

  • Feel free to vigorously whip the yolk mixture in the double boiler to add volume and get that ribbonlike texture. But work more gently when mixing in the mascarpone cheese. You can even leave it a little lumpy; the carryover warmth from the yolk mixture will soften those lumps while you whip the cream. When you fold in the whipped cream, they'll disappear entirely.
  • Substitute espresso for the strong coffee if you have an espresso machine.
  • Don't like Marsala—or you've run out? Make it with your drink of choice: brandy, Kahlua, dark rum, Grand Marnier or fortified wine.
  • Dip the ladyfingers only a second or two. You want them moistened, not mushy or disintegrating.
  • Chill your bowl before whipping the cream to speed the process.
  • Top with chocolate shavings if you like.
  • You can also make this in a 9-in. square baking dish.

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 280 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fibre), 5g protein.