Look! a Tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of THE absolute favourite desserts.  It is even simple to make, you just need a little time. This time I got a little help from my friend Sam, who wanted to make one for to surprise a friend. You might need some kitchen supplies, but if you don’t have it, not to worry. You can always use a whisk or a fork (it will just take way more time than usual).

In it:

1) 6 eggs, yolks and whites separated
2) 1 cup caster sugar (known as superfine)
3) 1 tsp vanilla extract
4) 16 oz / 500g mascarpone
5) 2 and 1/2 cups of hot espresso coffee – strong!
6) 4 tbsp (or more!) of liquor of choice – I like Frangelico and Kahlua, but you could use Rum too
7) 13oz/400g ladyfingers (24 – 30), pavesini or savoiardi cookies (biscuits)
8) Cocoa, for dusting

How to:

1) Beat yolks and sugar with a stand mixer on medium-high for 12 minutes or until white and thick.
2) Add vanilla and mascarpone, beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.
3) Clean bowl and whisk. Beat egg whites until stiff.
4) Fold ⅓ of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Then gradually fold the remaining yolk mixture in and mix until just combined.
5) Mix coffee and liquor together. Quickly dip biscuits in and line the bottom of an 8”/20cm square dish.
6) Spread over half the cream, then top with another layer of coffee dipped biscuits.
Spread with remaining cream.
7) Cover, refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight
8) Dust with cocoa powder just before serving – either before you cut or after placing onto serving plates.