Tiramisu is my favourite dessert. It doesn´t look so good in the picture because I´m an awful cutter, and no matter how many times I tried cutting to serve pretty, it just did not happen.
The origin of this dessert is very disputed in Italy, but mainly it is said to come from Veneto, or Friuli Venezia Giulia, or Piedmont.
The name means "Pick me up" or "Lift me up".
454g Mascarpone Cheese *
1 1/2 cup Heavy cream *
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups espresso, cooled
2 tablespoons dark rum *
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
30 ladyfingers (preferably Savoglliardi, not sponge cake ladyfingers)
In a large bowl whip the heavy cream and set in the fridge until you are ready to use it (cream stays stiffer longer if kept cold).
In a large bowl cream together the mascarpone, vanilla and sugar, fold in half of the whipped cream into mascarpone mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream being careful not to over mix.
To assemble, in a large bowl mix together the coffee and rum and set aside, also have ready the cocoa powder and ladyfingers. Have a 9 by 9 square baking pan ready to start assembling.
Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture and lay in the bottom of your pan, once the whole bottom of the pan has the coffee and rum soaked ladyfingers ready, pour over half of the mascarpone and cream mixture, spread evenly over ladyfingers and sprinkle the top with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
Arrange the remaining coffee soaked ladyfingers on top of the layers and spread over the remaining filling.
Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours before serving.
* The items marked can be substituted in case you don´t find the actual ingredients:
- Mascarpone cheese:
you can use cream cheese instead. Same amount, same process.
- Heavy cream:
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
Melt the butter. Pour it into the milk and stir. Use in place of 1 cup of heavy cream.
- Dark rum:
you can actually use any type of liquor. All of them make the same effect.
* You can use all substitution together and it will work.