Make Yummy Tiramisu




This instructable is about how to make the italian Dessert Tiramisu.

Also referred to as "the pick-me-up cake" Tiramisu seems to create a sudden positive mood for most people. I hope you enjoy!

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Step 1: What You Will Need

1 cup of good quality espresso, or strongly brewed coffee
8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
3-4 oz courvoisier, or other high quality cognac or rum
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Step 2: Making the Filling

1. Separate the eggs. put the yolks in a large bowl, and the whites in a medium bowl.
2. Beat the yolks with 1/2 cup sugar and a tablespoon of coffee and a tablespoon of the courvoisier beat for a full 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
3. Add the Mascarpone Cheese and beat for another 5-6 minutes until really smooth.
4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. (be sure to clean your beaters before beating the whites)
5. Gently fold the whites into the mascarpone/yolk mixture until evenly blended.
6. cover and set aside in refrigerator..

Step 3: Prepare the Spongecake

1. Using a very sharp knife, split the cake into 2 layers.
2. Place the bottom layer into a glass dish.
3. Pour cold coffee evenly over 1st layer until it is about halfway soaked into the cake.
4. Sprinkle courvoisier over 1st layer until it is almost saturated.

Step 4: Add Filling..assemble Next Layer

1. Apply the Mascarpone filling about 1/4" thick on the 1st layer and spread out evenly.
2. Add second layer of spongecake.
3. Saturate 2nd layer with coffee and liquer just like the 1st layer.
4. Smooth the rest of the filling over the entire cake.

Step 5: Almost There!

using a tea strainer or similar implement, dust the top of the Tiramisu with about 1 tablespoon of chocolate powder.

Step 6: The Hard Part

The hardest part about making this is that it should be covered and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours..the longer you leave it, the more the flavours intermingle and smooth out.

Hope you Enjoy!



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      8 Discussions


      7 years ago on Introduction

      You Sir, should have your blood bottled and sold for an outrageous price for this wonderful recipe...I am a Tirimisu addict and always on the lookout for a good recipe...thankyou !


      12 years ago on Introduction

      FYI, It's also called pick me up cake because in Italian, "Tira" means pick, "mi" means me, and "su" means up. Just a little info from a linguistics nerd.


      12 years ago

      For a more authentic texture and flavour, use ladyfingers (savoiardi) instead of the spongecake. Also, you want less cakiness, more filling. If you do stick with the spongecake, I recommend tearing it into chunks.
      As for the visual appeal, I go for a glass bowl that is taller rather than so shallow, so you can see those yummy layers through the side, like so: (care of google images)
      Good job =)


      12 years ago

      If you want to do it the original way you should use Marsala wine instead of cognac or rum.

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      Reply 12 years ago

      You are right about the Marsala being the traditional way..The cognac is a matter of personal taste after many tries of many recipies, it is what I continue to get the best responses from.