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How to Make Tiramisu

With rum and espresso, this Italian dessert is sure to bring life to any party.


  • : Raw egg carries a risk of salmonella infection. Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, young children, or anyone whose health is compromised.
  • Step 1: Beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes Combine the egg yolks and sugar in the mixing bowl and beat for 5 minutes with the electric mixer using a whisk attachment.
  • Step 2: Add cheese and beat until smooth Add the mascarpone to the egg mixture and beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth.
  • Step 3: Add 1 tbsp. espresso and mix Add 1 tablespoon of strong, cool espresso to the mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold the espresso into the cheese and egg mixture until they are well combined.
  • TIP: Make espresso using a drip coffee maker. Use ⅓ cup of ground espresso, and add enough water for 4 cups of coffee.
  • Step 4: Combine remaining espresso and rum in bowl Combine the remaining espresso and the rum in the medium bowl.
  • TIP: Enhance the espresso flavor by using a coffee liqueur in place of the rum. Or add a fruity flavor by using an orange flavored liqueur.
  • Step 5: Dip ladyfingers in espresso mix and line baking dish Dip a ladyfinger in the espresso and rum for five seconds, being sure to wet it on both sides, and place the ladyfinger in the bottom of the baking dish. Continue with half of the remaining ladyfingers.
  • TIP: Completely line the bottom of the baking dish. Break the lady fingers apart if needed.
  • Step 6: Spread half of cheese mixture over ladyfingers Use the spatula to spread half of the mascarpone cheese mixture over the top of the ladyfingers.
  • Step 7: Complete a second layer of lady fingers and mascarpone Top the mascarpone with another layer of espresso and rum-soaked ladyfingers. Finish by spreading the remaining mascarpone mixture across the top.
  • Step 8: Refrigerate and garnish with chocolate Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Then remove the wrap and sprinkle the chocolate shavings over the top of your tiramisu.
  • FACT: According to legend, coffee beans were discovered by an Ethiopian shepherd who noticed his goats dancing around while eating the small red berries that contained the beans.

You Will Need

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 lb. mascarpone cheese
  • 1u00bd c. strong espresso
  • 2 tsp. dark rum
  • 24 Italian ladyfingers
  • u00bd c. bittersweet chocolate shavings
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk attachment
  • 13" x 9" baking dish
  • Plastic wrap
  • Drip coffee maker (optional)
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 2 tsp. orange liqueur (optional)

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