20% Tiramisu
Serves 8
Rich and delicious Italian specialty
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  1. 5 egg yolks
  2. 3 1/2 T sugar, divided
  3. 1 lb mascarpone cheese
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 12 oz. espresso or double strong coffee, combined with 1 T sugar, cooled
  6. 1 T dark rum
  7. 24 pack ladyfingers
  8. 1/2 cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate shavings
  9. cocoa for sprinkling
  1. Using the whisk attachment of your mixer,beat the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale, reduce speed and add the mascarpone cheese and vanilla until well combined. Add 1 1/2 T espresso mixture to the cheese mixture and set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into the liquid for just a few seconds and place in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Next layer 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, then another layer of soaked ladyfingers, then the remaining mascarpone mixture.
  3. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle the top with cocoa and chocolate shavings. Serve chilled.
Cooking tips
  1. Use caution when consuming raw eggs due to the risk of salmonella. Use only the freshest grade A eggs with intact shells.
  2. You may omit the rum and use rum extract if you prefer not to use alcohol.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/