Sexy Tiramisu

August 17, 2012

Tiramisu is the queen of Italian desserts. The irresistible layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and espresso-soaked lady fingers are enough to make your mouth water and your body melt.  This recipe is so easy you'll be able to whip up this dessert any night of the week. For a velvety tiramisu that's damn near sexy, use Italian ladyfingers that are light and airy compared to the cakey American version. They can be found in specialty food stores or online.

1 package of lady fingers (the soft kind)
1/4 cup of sugar
In a bowl, add your two egg whites and your sugar. With a handheld mixer, whip until it forms stiff peaks. In a smaller bowl, loosen up your mascarpone cheese by mixing it by hand with a spoon. This is an important step because stiff mascarpone is going too tough to mix into the delicate egg whites. Fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg whites. Set aside.
In a small baking dish, add a layer of lady fingers. Spoon over some of the coffee onto the ladyfingers.
Add half off the mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers. Then create another layer of ladyfingers and soak them in coffee.
Carefully add the rest of the mascarpone mixture. Dust top with cocoa powder. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to let the tiramisu set. If you don't let it chill for a sufficient amount of time, it will be difficult to scoop out and eat. I tell you this out of personal experience.
This makes a 2-layered tiramisu. Depending on your baking dish you may only want to make 1 layer. If you want to use cups or glasses, you can make a multi-layered tiramisu parfait. Or quadruple the recipe and make a enormous trifle! The sky is the limit.

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