Tiramisu

*This classic Tiramisu is a such a decadent treat! Coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers are layered with a rich and creamy mascarpone filling and chopped dark chocolate.*

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

Rome is my favorite city in the world, and one of my favorite activities, when in Rome, is taste-testing my way around the city by way of tiramisu! Well, truthfully, I could say the same about pizza and pasta and gelato, too. Rome just has that many delicious food opportunities!

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

A couple of years ago, my family and I spent Christmas and New Years in Rome. This trip was immediately following my semester in Paris. Although you might think I would have been sick of trying new foods, after all of the delicacies I discovered in France – think again! We all thoroughly enjoyed strolling through the city’s outdoor markets and popping into tiny, crowded food shops. We quickly discovered the most amazing gelateria in the world. And my brother and I made it our mission to try as many servings of tiramisu as possible. For research’s sake only, of course 😉

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

After tasting all sorts of different variations – from the thickest of custards to light, airy puddings to practically cheesecake-like confections – well, our tastes became pretty specific. I’ve now had enough not great variations (although still edible, of course – tiramisu is always edible!) to know exactly what I like. And today, I’m filling you in on what the perfect tiramisu looks like to me! First, we need the perfect ratio of coffee and booze-soaked, softened ladyfingers to creamy mascarpone filling. Said mascarpone filling must be super rich – if it’s too light it won’t stand up to the other flavorful ingredients. And finally, there should be enough alcohol – we’re using both marsala and brandy here – for a bit of a bite, to offset all that rich, sweet, creaminess. Honestly, you guys, I love this tiramisu because it’s an easy dessert that instantly reminds me of my favorite adventures in Italia!

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

Tiramisu

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This classic Tiramisu is such a decadent treat! Coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers are layered with a rich and creamy mascarpone filling and chopped dark chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup marsala
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups strong coffee, cooled
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 18 ladyfingers
  • cocoa powder, for serving

Directions

  1. Place mascarpone and marsala in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Place heavy cream in another bowl. Whip until soft peaks form.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  4. Set aside one cup of the whipped cream. Add the remaining cream to the marsala mixture.
  5. Gently fold together until smooth.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together coffee and brandy.
  7. Roughly chop dark chocolate.
  8. Gather six small glasses.
  9. Dip one of the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture for three seconds on each side, until it has absorbed some liquid. Break in half, than place in one of the glasses.
  10. Repeat with five more of the ladyfingers, placing in the remaining glasses.
  11. Top each with a large dollop of the mascarpone mixture, spreading until smooth.
  12. Sprinkle each with some of the chopped chocolate.
  13. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to form two more layers.
  14. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least four hours and up to eight.
  15. Before serving, dollop the reserved whipped cream on top and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

This classic Tiramisu is loaded with coffee and brandy-soaked ladyfingers and a rich and creamy mascarpone filling! | The Millennial Cook #dessert #pudding #tiramisu #italian

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