Outrageously Decadent Tiramisu Recipe

December 11, 2014 1

Outrageously Decadent Tiramisu Recipe

This classic Italian dessert literally means “pick me up” and although it’s rich, it does just that with its espresso soaked cookies. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert because it really does need to be made ahead to let the cookies soften and to allow the flavors to blend deliciously.


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 9 servings



  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups cold brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 24 Italian savoiardi cookies (crisp lady fingers)
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, grated



  1. Combine 1 1/4 cups of the milk and the sugar in a medium saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
  2. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk, the egg yolks and cornstarch in medium bowl until smooth. Stir a little of the hot milk mixture into the yolk mixture, then stir in remaining milk mixture.
  3. Pour into saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Boil, whisking until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter, rum and vanilla. Pour into a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap.
  4. Chill until cold.

To assemble:

  1. Whisk mascarpone into chilled custard until blended. Beat heavy cream in a bowl with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into custard.
  2. Combine espresso and coffee liqueur in a small bowl. Dip 12 cookies one by one, into espresso mixture and arrange in bottom of an 8 X 8 or 9x 9-inch baking dish. (It’s fine to break a few of them into pieces so that they fit in an even layer.)
  3. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over cookie layer and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with half of the grated chocolate.
  4. Repeat layers using remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
  5. Cut into 9 squares and place on serving plates. Garnish with a few raspberries if desired.


If you can’t find crisp lady fingers you can use more readily available soft lady fingers. Just leave them unwrapped for a day to let them dry out a bit before using.

Comments (1)

  1. I recently bought some coffee liqueur on vacation so decided to try it in this tiramisu. WOW. It was delicious — as good as any tiramisu I’ve had at a restaurant, and so fresh-tasting. The instructions sounded a little complicated, but it was actually easy to make, just took a little time. The hardest part was waiting the 8 hours to try it! And it actually came out looking better than this picture. I was able to make a nice presentation of each piece. I used an 8×8 Pyrex baking dish.

    - Kim

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