Monday, May 2, 2011


My mother in law invited us over for a traditional Italian dinner and I was in charge of dessert. I wanted to make something Italian so I decided to go with Tiramisu. I'd never made it and for some reason was always afraid of making it, I guess I'd never really sat down and read the recipe. This version is super easy and went together quickly and turned out great. My father in law loved it and was pleased how it wasn't overpowered with the alcohol taste.  This recipe makes a 9x13 pan.

9 egg yokes
1 1/8 c white sugar
1 c milk
2 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 lb mascarpone cheese
1/2 c strong brewed coffee, room temp
1/2 c Amaretto
1 7 oz package ladyfinger cookies
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c Heath baking bits

In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat , stirring constantly, until mixture boils.  Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, place plastic wrap right on top of pudding and place in fridge for one hour.

In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture and smooth. (if you can’t find mascarpone cheese follow this link and make your own)

In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise.
Use a 9x13 pan and pour some coffee/amaretto mixture onto bottom of dish. Place ½ of the ladyfingers cut side down into the 9x13 baker, spoon more coffee/amaretto over cookies. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers and then half of whipping cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Making sure you spoon coffee/amaretto over the second layer of ladyfingers as well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Right before serving sprinkle ½ c Heath Baking chips over top.
Serves 12

Ingredients for pudding mixture
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly
Remove from heat and cover with plastic wrap and chill
for one hour
Mix whipping cream and vanilla
Whip until stiff peaks form
Line cut ladyfingers cut side down in coffee/amaretto mixture
Take pudding and whisk mascarpone until smooth 
Cover the top sides of the ladyfingers with the coffee/amaretto
Mascarpone mixture ready to go onto ladyfingers
Smooth it over the top of the ladyfingers
Spread 1/2 of whipping cream over top,
sprinkle cocoa over top of this layer

Coat your ladyfingers again
Place a second layer
Here is the second layer ready for the mascarpone and whipping cream 
Done, ready to refrigerate
The next day
Seriously good!



  1. Where did you find the ladyfingers? I've looked all over for them.

  2. Laurie, I bought mine at a specialty grocery store, Fresh Market here in Altamonte Springs, Florida. But I know that they also sell them in the cookie aisle of bigger grocery stores. (Publix carries them)