Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MrsDrPoe: Tiramisu

What's for Dinner Wednesday is all about what's after dinner this week.  During my trip to Starkville, Mr. S. Holley was kind enough to make me some of his favorite dessert- tiramisu.  

Ingredients: 2 cups espresso or strong coffee (he uses instant), 2 8 oz packages of Marscarpone cheese (softened), 5 large eggs (separated), 1.5 cups sugar (divided), 2-3 packages of lady fingers, 1/4 cup cocoa powder.

First make the coffee in a small bowl and allow it to cool.  Beat egg whites on med-high speed with an electric mixer till soft peaks form, then add 3/4 cups of sugar.  Continue to beat the egg whites till stiff peaks form.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, cheese, and the remaining sugar until thoroughly combined and smooth:

Gently fold the whites into the egg and cheese mixture.  Dip the lady fingers by twos quickly into the cooled coffee and place in a single layer in the bottom of a 9x13 pan (Note: the lady fingers are like sponges, and if they soak up too much coffee, they'll fall apart):

Spoon half of the cheese mixture onto the lady fingers, spreading it evenly.  Top that with another layer of coffee-dipped lady fingers and then the remaining cheese mixture.  Cover the top completely with dusting of cocoa powder, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  Then cut, serve, and enjoy!


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