A classic pick-me-up dessert, Tiramisu isn’t only a sweet delicacy but also an Italian piece of art on a plate. It allows you to dive smoothly through its creamy layers with the coffee-soaked ladyfingers in between. It is a perfectly layered design that is dusted over with just the right amount of powdered cocoa or shaved chocolate.
This Classic Creamy Tiramisu is an Italian layered dessert which combines the great taste of espresso-soaked lady fingers biscuits and the sweetness of the creamy mascarpone cheese. It is a no-bake dessert and easy to prepare. When you take a bite, you will travel to the Italian delightful culture.
The Origin of Tiramisu
Delve with me into the past of the king of Italian desserts. In 1985, The New York Times published half a page about the “newest” Italian dessert in the city’s restaurants.
Roberto Linguanotto is a pastry chef who invented this delicious dessert. He put well known and simple ingredients to formed this worldwide known dessert. Roberto said that the ingredients are simple, but they should be of great quality before anything else!
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert which is enjoyed all over the world. It has overtaken international dessert menus because of its easy preparation and perfect mix of sweet and bitter flavor. It is believed that “Tiramisu hit a historical sweet spot”.
Tasting the mix of smooth cream and soft mascarpone cheese can take you to the world of legends.
The word Tiramisu means “pick-me-up” in English. So, taking a smooth bite has the power to pick up your spirits and take you to new levels of happiness.
Why is Tiramisu Irresistible?
Coffee lovers will adore this great recipe. In the first place, it is a mix of extra strong espresso-soaked lady finger biscuits. It is also rich with light whipped cream and Italian mascarpone cheese.
Shaved bitter chocolate or cocoa powder is sprinkled over. This strong bitter and light sweet flavor is irresistible, and you can’t bare ignoring it.
I advise coffee lovers to try a piece and they will not regret it. Whoever likes coffee will adore Tiramisu.
Why is Tiramisu Easy to Prepare?
Tiramisu has a straightforward list of ingredients that are easy to find and use. First of all, you will need egg yolks, sugar, espresso, ladyfingers, heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and vanilla. Second, it is a no-bake dessert. Third, it takes 30 minutes to prepare. Last, it just needs to refrigerate.
Variations and Substitutions
Use any kind of creamy cheese if mascarpone cheese is not available.
Get spongy or hard ladyfingers, any of the two will give the same result.
Sprinkle shaved chocolate on the top or dust cocoa powder.
Always get fresh products and of first quality.
Eggs and Mascarpone cheese should stay at room temperature to get a smooth mix.
If you get sponge ladyfingers, give them a quick dip in the coffee.
Always store in the fridge.
The last layer of Tiramisu should be cream. You should get two layers of ladyfingers and two layers of cream.
Save white eggs for other uses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You can substitute it with any creamy cheese available.
It lasts refrigerated for up to 6 days.
Don’t throw it! You can freeze it and get a delicious frozen dessert.
You can use it for a lot of desserts as, flourless chocolate cookies, coconut macarons, egg white muffins, or healthy omelet.
Cover the Tiramisu with a plastic wrap, then wrap it with an aluminum foil and put it in the freezer. It can last for 3 months.
For Cream Layer:
Egg yolks: they should be at room temperature.
Sugar: gives the light sweetness for the recipe.
Heavy cream: which will give the recipe the fluffy texture.
Mascarpone cheese: it is an Italian creamy cheese.
For Ladyfinger Layer:
Ladyfingers: you can get the crunchy or the sponge ones.
Espresso: get the strongest and darkest coffee.
Vanilla: it gives a nice flavor for your desserts.
Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.
For Cream Layer:
First, add your room temperature egg yolks to a large and heat safe bowl.
Next, add in the sugar, leaving out 2 tablespoons.
Then, add in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and whisk together well, for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is fluffy.
Now, add a pot to the stove with hot water on low heat. You want the mixture to be simmering.
After that, add the bowl of egg and sugar mixture right on top. This bottom of the bowl shouldn’t touch the water.
Whisk the mixture continuously until light color. You should be able to dip your finger in and barely feel the sugar granules.
Remove it and set aside. Fold in the room temperature mascarpone cheese.
In another large bowl, beat the heavy cream, remaining vanilla and sugar on high for 5 minutes or until thick and fluffy.
Finally, fold in the mixture in 3 batches with the mascarpone egg mix.
For Ladyfinger Layer:
First, dip lady fingers one at a time in the coffee and layer them flat in the bottom of a 9×13 dish or divide them into two 9×9 square pans.
Once 1 layer is done, add the cream.
Then, repeat to make 2 layers of cream and 2 layers of soaked lady fingers. The last layer should be cream.
Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight. Dust the top with cocoa powder before serving.
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Classic Creamy Tiramisu
Cream Layer Ingredients
- 5 large egg yolks (room temperature)
- ½ cup sugar +2 tablespoons
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 16 ounces mascarpone (room temperature)
Ladyfinger Layer Ingredients
- 2 packages ladyfingers (each package 7 ounces)
- 2 cups espresso (strong coffee)
- 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
Cream Layer Preparation
- Add the room temperature egg yolks to a large and heat-resistant bowl.
- Add the sugar but leave 2 tablespoons aside.
- Add in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and whisk the ingredients for 3 minutes or until the mixture becomes fluffy.
- Add a pot to the stove with hot water on low heat. You want the mixture to be simmering.
- Put the bowl of egg and sugar mixture right on top, but don't let the bowl touch the water.
- Whisk continuously for a few minutes until light in color. You should be able to dip your finger in and barely feel any sugar granules.
- Remove and set aside. Fold in the room temperature mascarpone cheese.
- Get a large bowl and beat the heavy cream, remaining vanilla and sugar for 5 minutes on high speed until it becomes thick and fluffy.
- Fold in the mixture in 3 batches with the mascarpone egg mix.
Ladyfingers Layer Preparation
- Dip the ladyfingers one at a time in the coffee.
- Layer them flat in the bottom of a 9×13 dish or divide them into two 9×9 square pans.
- Once one layer is done, add the cream layer and repeat to make 2 layers of cream and 2 layers of ladyfingers. The last layer should be made of cream.
- Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
- Dust the top with cocoa powder before serving.
- Keep the Eggs in a room temperature before using them.
- Keep the mascarpone cheese in a room temperature before using it.
- Don’t throw the egg whites to be used in other recipes.
- Get the main products fresh to get the best results.