Let’s face it, people who don’t like tiramisu are in the vast minority in this world, and what a gloomy bunch they must be. The failsafe Italian dessert is known to enchant even those who detest coffee and has an uncanny ability to mollify dessert eaters with its featherlight layers and creamy yet invigorating flavours. To recreate our take on the beloved tiramisu, follow the instructions below and we promise this will quickly become the only dessert recipe you’ll need to keep you smiling.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Total time: 7 hours
2 cups boiling-hot water
3 shots of Nespresso
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
3 tablespoons of Kahlua
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup dry Marsala
2 1/2 cups mascarpone
1 cup of chilled double cream
36 Savoiardi ladyfingers
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
1. Stir together water, Nespresso, 1 tablespoon sugar, and Kahlua in a shallow bowl until sugar has dissolved, then cool.
2. Beat egg yolks, Marsala, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water using a handheld electric mixer until tripled in volume, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove bowl from heat. Beat in mascarpone until just combined.
3. Beat the cream in a large bowl until it holds stiff peaks.
4. Fold mascarpone mixture into whipped cream gently but thoroughly.
5. Dipping both sides of each ladyfinger into coffee mixture, line bottom of a 13- by 9- by 3-inch baking pan with 18 ladyfingers in 3 rows, trimming edges to fit if necessary. Spread half of the mascarpone filling on top. Dip remaining 18 ladyfingers in coffee and arrange over filling in the pan.
6. Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top and dust with cocoa. Chill, covered, at least 6 hours.
7. Let tiramisu stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving, then dust with more cocoa.
Tiramisu can be chilled for up to 2 days.
This recipe has been adapted from Epicurious.