This dessert will keep you awake long enough to ring in the New Year with style!
If you have an in-home Espresso machine, by all means, brew fresh espresso!
If not, brew VERY strong coffee in your auto-drip or French press coffee maker.
This is a definite do-ahead recipe, the Tiramisu needs to be refrigerated at least 12 hours before serving.
The exact number of ladyfngers depends on the size of your baking dish. If there are any leftover, they are delicious for dunking in your morning coffee........a treat!
One of my personal touches to this recipe is the addition of Hazelnut Kahlua coffee liqueur. The Kahlua adds a nice sweetness, and enhances the coffee flavor.
Tiramisu with Hazelnut Coffee Liqueur
4 cups heavy cream
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
1 cup granulated white sugar
3-4 cups brewed espresso or strong coffee
1/2 cup Hazelnut Kahlua coffee liqueur
1 pkg ladyfinger cookies (approx 24-30)
Cocoa powder for dusting
Let cream cheese and mascarpone come to room temperature. Combine heavy cream, cream cheese, and mascarpone with a stand or hand mixer. Add sugar and eggs. Combine well and set aside.
Prepare to assemble: Butter a 10 X 10 (or similar size) baking dish with deep sides (2-3 inches)
In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine espresso (or coffee) and Kahlua.
Soak each lady finger in the coffee mixture for less than a second on each side. Lay soaked cookies side by side in a single layer across the bottom of the dish. Add a 2 inch layer of the cream cheese mixture. Soak and arrange more ladyfingers for the second layer. Add the remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with Cocoa powder.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 12 hours. Serves 8-10 people.
Happy New Year!