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Tiramisu Recipe

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Dakota Guy Jan 1, 2007 12:18 PM

In response to requests from the DC Board:

TIRAMISU

2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweet marsala wine
250 g (1/2 lb) mascarpone cheese
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups instant espresso coffee
3 Tbs Kaluha
24 Italian ladyfingers (note these MUST be Italian ladyfingers which are crisp not soft)
unsweetened cocoa powder

1. Boil 2 cups water. Add 6 Tbs instant espresso coffee. Add Kaluha (optional). Chill.
2. Beat egg yolks with sugar until light. Beat in Marsala (optional) and cook gently in double boiler. Stir constantly until thickened. Cool.
3. Beat mascarpone until smooth. Beat in cooled custard.
4. Whip cream until light. Gently fold into cheese mixture.
5. Quickly dip 1/2 ladyfingers in coffee mixture [don't soak them]. Place in bottom or dish. Spread half of topping mixture over top. Repeat.
6. Sprinkle cocoa powder over top through sieve. Cover. Chill. Enjoy.

Note: The perfect size dish for this recipe is a Pyrex 11x7 inch glass pan.

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    SusieK123 Dec 6, 2008 05:35 PM

    Thanks for the recipe, Dakota Guy! Do you remember which Bon Appetite issue the Sisley Tiramisu came from????
    Thanks

    1. chowser Jan 1, 2007 02:18 PM

      You can also make your own lady fingers.

      http://www.joyofbaking.com/Ladyfinger...

      I think of tiramisu like trifle--you can make it as easy as you'd like by buying the individual ingredients or as hard. I have a good recipe for sisley tiramisu from an old Bon Appetit (not on the epicurious site, though) if anyone is interested, I can post it.

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        ben61820 Jan 1, 2007 03:48 PM

        yknow, i never thought about that actually - that tiramisu IS like trifle, i.e. you can just buy what you dont want to actually make. cool. that kind of just makes me want to make it that much more. i think the two big, big things to keep in mind when making tiramisu tho are
        1) the amount of soaking the cookies go through
        and
        2) the quality of your zabaglione (the heated yolk, sugar, and marsala mixture)

        you really do, in my experience anyhow, have to get more of the coffee mixture into the cookies than you think. when i was making it, we had great big sheets of the baked cookie dough layed out and we brushed the coffee mixture on and we def did NOT put enough on. we thought we had and it looked OK, but in the end, when viewed from the side, you could see that only the upper half of the dough sheet had absorbed the mixture. this left us with a serioiusly dry 'bed' of cookies, as it were. still tasty, but not quite perfect. i'd like to try it again, but i dont feel like making a bunch of silly ladyfinger dough...and i dont want to go out and buy it either, tho, cuz then i feel like i didnt really 'make' anything, yknow? hehe.

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          chowser Jan 1, 2007 04:10 PM

          I've also done the opposite when I've added way too much coffee mixture. Mushy cookies--still tasty but not quite right. Yeah, I kind of feel the same way as you about making trifle, too, like if I bought the poundcake/sponge cake, all I did was assemble and not cook. But, sometimes you just want quick and easy and as long as you get good quality ladyfingers or pouncake/spongecake, it's all good. I went through a tiramisu phase a long time ago, experimented a lot, but haven't made one since...maybe it's time. When I first started making them, you couldn't find mascarpone anywhere. I remember driving from store to store for hours. Now it's everywhere. Cool.

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            ben61820 Jan 1, 2007 04:11 PM

            yeah, lucky for me tho i live in NY/NJ and a lot of the diners round here (specially the TICKTOCK in clifton, NJ) have killer tiramisu at the ready. about 2 bux gets you heaven.

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        rongould Jan 1, 2007 02:13 PM

        Try this...

        http://www.fantes.com/espresso_stovet...

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          rongould Jan 1, 2007 02:11 PM

          I have just re-read the recipe. Pretty good and close to mine but I have a question.

          Why when you are using good ingredients do you use instant coffee? Making real espresso isn't hard, and it doesn't take any longer than instant.

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            Dakota Guy Jan 3, 2007 04:51 PM

            You're right. I was lazy. Use real espresso if you can.

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            Rick Jan 1, 2007 02:03 PM

            http://www.pennmac.com/items/3072/ is what I use

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              rongould Jan 1, 2007 01:49 PM

              I live in England so I don't have your problem, but any good Deli or Italian grocery (there must be one where you live) will have ammaretti. Savoyardi are a good substitute, there are also some decent bicuits/cookies on sale in this country called Boudouir biscuits or Lady fingers.

              Good luck

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                Val Jan 1, 2007 01:45 PM

                I don't live in your area but when I made tiramisu using Ina Garten's recipe, I found the savoiardi (Italian ladyfingers/crisp cookies) at a local Italian deli/grocery store. They also carried the mascarpone that I needed. You might try calling a few in your area to see if they sell them.

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                  semmen Jan 1, 2007 12:55 PM

                  I'm having a horrible time finding the right cookie now...Genuardi's (Philly area) used to carry them but not after they got bought by Safeway. I did find them at Surfa's ($4.30 plus shipping) but if anyone knows where I can get them locally, I'd appreciate it.

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                    sfogliatelle Jan 1, 2007 02:15 PM

                    wegman's in your area should have them but that's out by west chester... it's a good grocery store though and def worth the trip...

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                      semmen Jan 2, 2007 10:40 AM

                      Well, they finally opened a Wegman's fairly close in Warrington a couple of months ago, but I just haven't gotten there yet. I did go to the Allentown one a few times but 45 minutes (which is also how far I have to go to get to a TJ's) is kinda far for groceries.

                      Thanks!

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                      Sarah Jan 1, 2007 03:48 PM

                      If there's a Trader Joe's nearby, they carry ladyfingers and mascarpone at budget prices.

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