Classic Italian tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. If I had to pick a top five, it would be ITALIAN CREAM CAKE ., Lemon Meringue Pie ., cheesecake and tiramisu. I can’t decide which one is the best! Of all the recipes I listed, only the tiramisu is not baked at all. For the tiramisu, you simply make the pudding on the stovetop, whip the cream, boil the coffee and assemble. It’s very simple, elegant and delicious! It’s well worth the effort.
Before you start, remember that this recipe requires prepared espresso coffee. I don’t have an espresso machine and I find that tiramisu doesn’t taste the same with strong coffee. So I prepare the ground espresso in a coffee maker as I would with coffee. I measure about a tablespoon per glass of cold water. You can also buy ready-made espresso at your favorite coffee shop, but it can be quite expensive.
Prep Time : 35 mins
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 5 hrs
Course : Breakfast
Cuisine : Italian
Servings : 15
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
16 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup strong brewed espresso room temperature
4 tablespoons rum light or dark
2 tablespoons Kahlua coffee liqueur optional
2 packages ladyfinger cookies
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
In a medium saucepan, beat the egg yolks and sugar until well combined. Add the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute, remove from heat and let cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.