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Tiramisu in a Cup

 
Tiramisu means “pull me up” in Italian. This Italian dessert definitely “pulls” my senses in every positive way. Espresso-soaked Savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits) laced with a hint of marsala wine, sandwich in between layers of smooth luscious mascarpone cheese, dust with a rich, dark cocoa powder.

My love for Tiramisu started when I was working as a part-time server in an Italian restaurant about two decades ago (that sounded better than 20 years ago, right??). I would go before the start of my shift to watch the chefs prepare their mise en place (pronounce mi zɑ̃ ˈplas)  – pizza dough, sauces, desserts, etc. I had the good fortune to actually try some of the freshly made desserts and Tiramisu was one of them. It was love at first bite. When I found out how easy it was to make that, you could imagine how dangerous it was to my waist line.

Nowadays, I prefer to make my Tiramisu in a cup. If you prefer to prepare them in a large serving dish, feel free to double or triple the amount of ingredients accordingly.

 

Ingredients:
2 large eggs – yolks and whites separated
9 oz (250 g) mascarpone cheese – soften at room temperature
4 tbsp (60 g) caster sugar (granulated is fine too)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso – room temperature (I’m using decaffeinated espresso, to ensure I don’t keep anyone awake at night)
2 tbsp Irish bailey liquor (optional – if you do not want to add any alcohol)
Pinch of salt
10 – 12 Italian ladyfingers biscuits – slice into half
Cocoa powder for dusting

Makes 2 large dessert cups  or 4 small rock glasses (depending on the size of your cups)

Recipe source: Cooking with Karma (slight modification)

decaffeinated espresso granules

Note: Please use INSTANT coffee granules that dissolves readily in hot water. Alternatively, if you have a coffee machine, use that to make a strong cup of coffee.

Ingredients for tiramisu in a cup

The line up.

 

Add 2 tbsp of liquor into your cooled coffee (if using).

Baileys Irish cream

My trusty Bailey’s Irish Cream.

 

In a medium bowl, add the yolks and sugar together.

egg yolks and sugar

 

Whisk to combine and set the bowl over a pot of simmering water.

egg yolks and sugar

 

Whisk continuously for 5 mins until the egg mixture turns pale yellow and thick.

whisking egg yolks and sugar

 

Remove from heat and continue to whisk for another minute.

whisking egg yolks and sugar

This is the consistency you are looking for.

 

Add in mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

Mascarpone cheese

 

Using a hand mixer or balloon whisk, beat the egg whites and pinch of salt until soft peaks.

beating egg white

 

Add half of the egg whites to the mascarpone cheese mixture and gently fold and mix to combine.

how to make tiramisu

Use a gentle yet swift motion to fold in the egg whites.

 

Add the rest of the egg whites and repeat same step.

 

how to make tiramisu

It’s easier to add the mixture to the egg whites but either way works. 🙂

mascarpone cheese and egg mixture

Done!

 

Let’s assemble the Tiramisu. Cut the ladyfingers into half.

ladyfingers for tiramisu

 

Using a large cup or dessert glass, spoon a dollop of mascarpone into the cup.

Take two pieces of the ladyfingers and dip it quickly into the coffee mixture (no more than 3 seconds as they will go too soft) and place it into the cup.

dipping ladyfingers into coffee

how to make tiramisu in a cup

 

Top with some more mascarpone and add more ladyfingers.

how to make tiramisu in a cup

Push them vertically into the cream mixture.

how to make tiramisu in a cup

By assembling the ladyfingers this way, you will taste them in every bite. 🙂

Repeat the same step and you should be able to achieve about 3 layers. The last layer should be the mascarpone.

how to make tiramisu in a cup

Cover tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or best, overnight. The flavor will be combined.

how to make tiramisu in a cup

I prefer to refrigerate overnight to achieve the maximum flavor! 

 

Before serving, dust with cocoa powder and enjoy!

how to make tiramisu in a cup

Draw a small heart shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Place in the middle of the cup and dust cocoa powder all over. Remove the piece of paper heart gently and voila~ perfect as a Valentine’s Day dessert.

tiramisu in a cup

 

 

Tiramisu in a cup

 

Tiramisu in a Cup
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs – yolks and whites separated
  • 9 oz (250 g) mascarpone cheese - soften at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) caster sugar (granulated is fine too)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup strong coffee or espresso – room temperature (I'm using decaffeinated espresso, to ensure I don't keep anyone awake at night)
  • 2 tbsp Irish bailey liquor (optional – if you do not want to add any alcohol)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 - 12 Italian ladyfingers biscuits – slice into half
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
Instructions
  1. Add 2 tbsp of liquor into your cooled coffee (if using).
  2. In a medium bowl, add the yolks and sugar together.
  3. Whisk to combine and set the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk continuously for 5 mins until the egg mixture turns pale yellow and thick. Remove from heat and continue to whisk for another minute.
  4. Add in mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  5. Using a hand mixer or balloon whisk, beat the egg whites and pinch of salt until soft peaks.
  6. Add half of the egg whites to the mascarpone cheese mixture and gently fold and mix to combine. Add the rest of the egg whites and repeat same step.
  7. Let’s assemble the Tiramisu. Cut the ladyfingers into half.
  8. Using a large cup or dessert glass, spoon a dollop of mascarpone into the cup.
  9. Take two pieces of the ladyfingers and dip it quickly into the coffee mixture (no more than 3 seconds as they will go too soft) and place it into the cup.
  10. Top with some more mascarpone and ladyfingers. Repeat the same step and you should be able to achieve about 3 layers. The last layer should be the mascarpone.
  11. Cover tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or best, overnight. The flavor will be combined. Before serving, dust with cocoa powder and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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