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Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 7 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8
Make a classic Italian dessert layered with sweet cream cheese, delicate cake, and spiked with coffee and rum.
Updated March 29, 2013

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
Calories from Fat
340
Total Fat
38g
58%
Saturated Fat
22g
108%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
270mg
91%
Sodium
260mg
11%
Potassium
180mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
32g
Protein
9g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
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 Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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