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Jan 1, 2007 12:18 PM

Tiramisu Recipe

In response to requests from the DC Board:


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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  1. 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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    1. re: semmen

      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...

      1. re: sfogliatelle

        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.


      2. re: semmen

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

      3. 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.

        1. 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

            1. 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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              1. re: rongould

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