Simple Tiramisu

I’m a sucker for a good tiramisu, and after trial (and error), found that this recipe from Cooking for Engineers produced the best one yet. Super easy and quick to whip up, so perfect when you’re having company.


Simple Tiramisu
recipe from Cooking for Engineers

About 20 lady’s fingers (the crisp ones, not the soft ones)
2 shots (2 oz, 60 mL) espresso
1/2 c. (120 mL) coffee
1 c. (240 mL) heavy whipping cream
1 lb. (455 g) mascarpone cheese
1/2 c. granulated sugar
3 tbsp. (44 mL) rum or brandy (we used Kahlua)
Cocoa powder
Shavings of unsweetened dark chocolate

First, start by assembling the ingredients (see above). Chill whipping cream and bowl. Mix coffee and espresso and chill. Whisk the whipping cream until it reaches stiff peaks. This can be accompanied in a few minutes with an electric mixer or by hand (times will vary depending on arm strength and stamina).

Put the cheese, sugar, and brandy into a medium bowl and mix until smooth. Add more sugar or alcohol as desired. Fold in the whipped cream to create the cheese mixture.

Soak lady fingers in espresso for a couple of seconds, rotating to coat all sides. Place lady fingers side by side on bottom of an 8×8-inch pan. Put half the cheese mixture on lady fingers in pan. Smooth with a spatula or spoon. Sift cocoa powder liberally on surface of layer. Apply second layer of lady fingers and remaining cheese. Sift cocoa powder and half of chocolate shavings. Cover in plastic wrap and chill.

To serve, use the remaining chocolate shavings by sprinkling a bit onto eight plates. Cut tiramisu into 8 rectangles and serve on plates (or simply spoon them out).

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