Homemade Tiramisu Recipe and A Coffee Love Story
I know, I talk a LOT about my love of coffee. I’ll get to the Tiramisu Recipe, but let me explain… I can’t help it. I think it all started when I was a little girl. My grandpa used to drink coffee after dinner with whatever sweet treat he had for dessert. I would beg for my own cup, he would pretend to put up a good fight for ‘No, you’re too young”. I kept begging. And, then he would inevitably grab a mug for me, fill in mostly with milk and top it off with coffee. It may have started off with just remembering good times with grandpa but it’s blossomed into a full on steamy love affair. (see what I did there?) Being a Work-at-Home-Mom, it’s also kind of a necessity, really. Ok fine. Let’s call it what it is… I’m a Coffee-holic.
This is how my day starts. Yep, with coffee. I grab my cup and chit-chat with Ethan while he eats breakfast before school. Until I’m 2 cups in, I really don’t understand much of what he says, but that’s totally besides the point. We’re making memories, keeping my coffee love story alive.
I have 2 blogs, my Freelance writing, the Social Media gigs, crafts to make, recipes to whip up (Tiramisu recipe up next!) Ethan’s school activities and homework… maybe throw a load of laundry in… Man, I’m exhausted just writing it. And let’s not forget to make time for the hubby! Which is exactly what I did this weekend. Ethan was at his grandparents for the night. Awhile back, I stumbled into the Best Tiramisu Recipe ever from an awesome sauce Chef I adore, Chef Dennis. But, I needed more coffee and some Lady Fingers. I don’t keep many Lady fingers in the house, go figure. Do you?? Do many people? Am I missing out on some lady finger love? (that didn’t sound like I intended but…) And, I’m not sure what the difference between actual Lady Fingers and shortbread is, so I grabbed the shortbread. Is there one other than shape?
And then, this happened.
Homemade Tiramisu Recipe – Ingredients:
- 6 Egg Yolks
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 1/4 Cup Mascarpone Cheese
- 1 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 (12 oz) Packs Lady Fingers (or, in our case, shortbread cookies)
- 1/2 Cup Strong Coffee
- 1/4 Cup Coffee Liqueur (Chef Dennis says it’s optional, I say it’s totally necessary)
- Cocoa For Light Dusting
Homemade Tiramisu Recipe – Directions:
Start by brewing that strong coffee. Pour it in a shallow, flat bottom bowl. Add coffee liqueur (or not) and set aside to cool. While that’s cooling, separate egg yolks and whites. I saved the whites and made an omelet the next morning for Ethan’s breakfast. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a double boiler. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for about 8- 10 minutes. You have to stir constantly or you’ll end up with sugary scrambled eggs. Blech. Remove from heat and pour in medium mixing bowl. Add the Mascarpone and mix until it’s really good and creamy. (I totally licked the beaters BTW) In a second medium sized bowl, mix the heavy cream until you get stiff peaks. Gently, fold beaten egg and Mascarpone mixture into the stiff peaks. Don’t over blend or peaks will go flat. Now all that’s left for our Tiramisu recipe is layering. Grab an 8in square baking dish. 1 by 1 dip shortbread (or, fancy lady fingers) into your coffee/liquor mixture, just enough to get them wet. Now, if you’re like me, you’re going to want them to soak up all that coffee/liquor-y goodness. Resist that urge. They will become a goopy mess. Cover the bottom of pan with a layer of soaked cookies. Spoon half the Mascarpone mix on top and repeat. You’ll end up with 2 perfect layers of each. Cover and place in ‘fridge for a few hours.
We popped in a movie after a nice quiet dinner and enjoyed this awesome sweet treat for dessert! It goes great with the left-over coffee/liquor mix warmed up! And, that’s my Coffee Love Story! It’s a day long affair….
Have you ever tried a homemade Tiramisu recipe? Well, now you can!
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