I`ve made this delicious dessert while my brother was here, and we looked for some kind of cake to make. After much thinking, we laid our eye on this dessert, and we decided to make it. We did not, in any we regret it.
This recipe, unlike may other tiramisu recipes that I saw, does not include soft white cheese, white chocolate, or any other ingredients that have nothing to do with a good tiramisu.
Tiramisu, as you may know is a traditional Italian dessert, which is made of mascarpone cheese and zabaglione. As any dessert with very high percentage of fat, this was delicious, and fairly easy to make. The only catch about this one, at least in israel, is the price of the mascaropne cheese: it is quite expensive here, so making proper tiramisu may cost you a bit.
For a 20X25 cm pan, or a 20X30 cm pan, for a shorter Tiramisu
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Marsala wine (or brandy)
450 gr Mascarpone cheese
250 ml heavy cream
25-30 lady finger cookies
1 1/2 cups strong coffee
2 tsp sugar
Dutch processed cocoa powder, for sprinkling on top
Prepare the coffee in a small bowl, stir in the sugar and let cool.
Place the egg yolks in the bowl of a double boiler. Beat them well by hand, until fluffy and their color becomes lighter (about 5 minutes). Add in the sugar and Marsala wine and beat until incorporated. Place the bowl on top of a double boiler and whisk until the zabaglione mixture thickens (this happens just before boiling point – when small bubbles appear).
In a separate bowl whip the cream until soft peaks. In a separate bowl mash the mascarpone until creamy.
Pour the zabaglione mixture upon the mascarpone and mix until incorporated. Add in the whipped cream, and fold it into the zabaglione-mascarpone mixture.
Assemble the Tiramisu: Lightly soak the ladyfingers in the coffee, one at a time and each one from both sides, arrange them as the bottom layer in the pan. Spread half of the cream over the lady fingers, then soak and arrange another layer of lady fingers, and spread the remaining cream mixture upon them. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
Just before serving, sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serve within 48 hours from the preparation time, after that the lady fingers will become too mooshy.