Classic Tiramisu

Make a classic Italian dessert layered with sweet cream cheese, delicate cake, and spiked with coffee and rum.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

6
large egg yolks
3/4
cup sugar
2/3
cup milk
1
lb mascarpone cheese or 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4
cups whipping (heavy) cream
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
cup brewed espresso or very strong coffee, chilled
2
tablespoons rum*
2
packages (3 oz each) ladyfingers**
1 1/2
teaspoons baking cocoa

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, beat egg yolks and sugar with wire whisk until well mixed. Beat in milk. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Pour into medium bowl; place plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard mixture. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
  • 2 Add cheese to custard mixture. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; set aside.
  • 3 In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until stiff; set aside. In small bowl, mix espresso and rum.
  • 4 Separate ladyfingers horizontally; brush with espresso mixture (do not soak). In ungreased 11x7-inch glass baking dish, arrange half of the ladyfingers in single layer. Spread half of the cheese mixture over ladyfingers; spread with half of the whipped cream. Repeat layers with remaining ladyfingers, cheese mixture and whipped cream. Sprinkle with cocoa. Refrigerate at least 4 to 6 hours to develop flavors but no longer than 24 hours. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Mascarpone is a sinfully rich double or triple cream cheese that originated in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a delicate, buttery flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Look for it in the cheese case in large supermarkets, specialty cheese shops or gourmet food stores.

*1/8 teaspoon rum extract mixed with 2 tablespoons water can be substituted for the rum.

**2 packages frozen (thawed) pound cake (10.75-oz each) can be substituted for the ladyfingers. Place each pound cake on its side; carefully cut each into 3 lengthwise slices (to total 6 slices). Brush each slice with espresso mixture (do not soak). Arrange 3 slices crosswise in baking dish. Layer as directed in step 4, adding remaining 3 slices.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
(
Calories from Fat
340),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
38g
38%
(Saturated Fat
22g,
22%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
270mg
270%;
Sodium
260mg
260%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
32g
32%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.