Tiramisu is one of those awesome, fancy desserts you pay $9 for a small slice at a restaurant. What if I told you that it’s actually really easy to make, and it’ll have you feeling like a boss when you serve this?
I’ll tell you right now, make this easy dessert for your next dinner party, and you’ll blow away your guests. It looks and tastes like it was really challenging to make. But it’s so easy and fun! (But they don’t need to know that. 😏)
Every year, I make my guy a dessert for Valentine’s Day. This year I made him tiramisu because it’s his absolute favorite. I had never made it before, so I was a little nervous.
My Nonna (that’s Italian for grandma), had an amazing recipe she used to make. So, I pulled out her recipe and set to work. If you’ve been looking for a tiramisu recipe, look no further. This is the one. It’s written in her beautiful handwriting. I will tell you more about Nonna and my Nonno and their story in a future post. (It’s a good one 😉 )
1 Box of Lady Fingers
1 cup of heavy cream
3 TBS of coffee liquor
5 TBS of mascarpone cheese
2 cups of strong coffee or espresso
Using a mixer, whip cream, coffee liquor, and mascarpone cheese until stiff. Next, dip the lady fingers in the cooled coffee or espresso. Lay the dredged lady fingers in a dish. Pour some of the whipped cream mixture over top. Sprinkle a mixture of cocoa powder and cinnamon overtop the cream. Make one more layer and finish by sprinkling more cocoa powder and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.
Note: Mascarpone cheese has a similar texture to cream cheese and can be found where your grocery store sells their speciality cheeses.
One of the reasons I love cooking so much, is that it is so much more than simply preparing food to be eaten. It is sharing something. It is sharing a story, sharing love, a means of expression. On Valentine’s Day, I didn’t make Billy just any tiramisu. I made him Nonna’s tiramisu. Spread the love, and sprinkle some cinnamon.