For many people, the first introduction to tiramisu was a true revelation. After all, this perennially popular Italian dessert is the stuff dreams are made of, with the soft ladyfingers (which are dipped in coffee), rich custard made with mascarpone cheese (and nothing else will do, so don't be tempted to substitute it), and rum, all layered together in delightful fashion and allowed to meld into a heavenly and harmonious whole.
- 5 large eggs
- 5 tablespoons sugar (and additional to sweeten the coffee, optional)
- 500 grams mascarpone cheese
- 300 milliliters strong coffee
- 1 glass rum (or brandy)
- 400 grams lady fingers
- cocoa powder (to taste)
- Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
- Mix the egg yolks with the sugar until creamy.
- While mixing, gradually add the mascarpone until mixture is uniform and smooth.
- Whisk the egg whites and carefully fold into the mixture.
- Brew the coffee, add the rum and sweeten to taste. Cool. Dip the lady fingers into the coffee one by one and lay on a large platter. Layer them with the creme mixture and sprinkle with cocoa.
- Repeat the process in layers. Top with the creme mixture.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
- Before serving, sprinkle with cocoa powder.