HOW TO MAKE AN ITALIAN TIRAMISU CAKE

Looking to make the traditional Italian tiramisù cake?   The easy recipe...

Though with a little transgression from the authentic Italian recipe, I made it even more easy than it is because tiramisù is easy...

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INSTANT COFFEE?

Yes, yes I did a transgression. Instead of making Italian espresso coffee with a moka pot, I used a mug full of instant coffee.

Well, don't blame me if I did so. I only thought at those that don't possess the moka pot espresso machine.

I just figured out a way to substitute Italian espresso keeping the best coffee taste possible.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ITALIAN TIRAMISU CAKE

Preparation:
Total Time:

YIELD: 4/6 portions

INGREDIENTS

  • 8.5 oz. (250g) store-bought mascarpone cheese
  • 8 fl. oz. (250ml) fresh heavy whipping cream
  • 8 fl. oz. (250ml) warm water for the Nescafé™ coffee
  • ½ cup (110g) of sugar for the tiramisu cake
  • 2 tbsp (30g) of sugar for the Nescafé™ coffee
  • 3.75 oz. (100g) 12 store-bought savoiardi (lady fingers)
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 3 tsp (15g) Nescafé™ classic instant coffee
  • cocoa powder enough to sprinkle over the tiramisù

WARNING

It is important to make sure that eggs are truly organic and from hens grazing free. Eggs from factory farms, are much more likely to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella.

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Warm-up the water and make the coffee with 3 tsp (15g) of Nescafé™ classic coffee and 2 tbsp (30g) of sugar.
  2. Crack and beat the eggs with about ¾ of the sugar, once done add the mascarpone cheese and mix in.
  3. In another bowl pour the whipping cream with the remaining part of sugar and beat until whipped.
  4. Add the whipped cream to the eggs and mascarpone and mix well until a soft-cream compound is formed.
  5. In an 8-inch (20x15x6cm) casserole dish pour a little coffee over the bottom.
  6. Start making a first vertical layer of savoiardi (lady fingers) and pour 3 spoons of coffee over each biscuit.
  7. With half of the filling cream previously made and the help of a spatula cover and spread evenly the layer. Sprinkle over some cocoa powder.
  8. Make the second and final layer horizontally by repeating the same procedure as the first.
  9. Sprinkle more cocoa powder over the top and rest it for at least 4 hours in the fridge and you will have the best homemade tiramisù.

NOTE

Many recipes for tiramisù make use of egg white to form the cream. After a few trials I found out that the addition of whipping cream instead of egg white makes a much more firm-solid creamy compound. Then just needs 4 hours of rest in the fridge before serving.

STEP-BY-STEP TIRAMISU

WARNING

It is important to make sure that eggs are truly organic and from hens grazing free. Eggs from factory farms, are much more likely to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella.

THOUGH NOT MY BEST SLICE

I know it's not my best slice of cake. Better, it's all in here that creamy sponge-like thing of a traditional, Italian tiramisù cake.

Just made easy with instant coffee.

For me, savoiardi that aren't much soaked, but only moistened enough with coffee, makes a good consistency "once in the mouth".   :-)

Doesn't look the best slice-cut I made...

INGREDIENTS  4/6 PORTIONS

  • 8.5 oz. (250g) store-bought mascarpone cheese (how to make mascarpone at home)
  • 8 fl. oz. (250ml) fresh heavy whipping cream
  • 8 fl. oz. (250ml) warm water for the Nescafé™ coffee
  • ½ cup (110g) sugar plus 2 tbsp (30g) for the coffee
  • 3.75 oz. (100g) 12 store-bought savoiardi (lady fingers)
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 3 tsp (15g) Nescafé™ classic instant coffee
  • cocoa powder enough to sprinkle over the tiramisù
Tiramisù Ingredients Serves 4

MAKE THE COFFEE

Warm-up 8 fl. oz. (250ml) of water, add 3 tsp (15g) of classic instant coffee and 2 tbsp (30g) of sugar too.

2 tsp of instant coffee
2 tbsp (30g) of sugar

CRACK & BEAT

Crack 3 yolks of eggs in a bowl, add just a part about 2 oz. (60g) of sugar and start beating together.

3 yolks of eggs in a bowl...

USE MASCARPONE ONLY

Add 8.5 oz.

(250g) of

mascarpone cheese

to the beaten

eggs and mix

well.

MIX MIX

Add the whipped cream to the eggs and mascarpone and mix well until a soft-cream compound is formed.

Eggs, sugar, mascarpone and whipped cream...

HOW TO LAYER THE TIRAMISU

I used an 8-inch (20x15x6cm) casserole dish (tall enough to make 2 layers) and poured over the bottom a couple spoons of coffee.

Use an 8-inch (20x15x6cm) casserole dish...

Start making the first layer of savoiardi and pour another 3 spoons full of coffee over each one.

Start making the first layer of savoiardi...

With sifter half-full sprinkle some cocoa powder over the first layer of savoiardi.

Sprinkle some cocoa powder...

TIRAMISU IS MADE

Finally sprinkle more cocoa powder over until completely covered.

WHIPPING TIME

In another bowl pour 8 fl. oz. (250ml) of whipping cream with the remaining part of sugar and beat until whipped.

Whipped Cream

TIRAMISU CREAM

The creamy filling is ready so it's time to assemble the tiramisù.

Tiramisù's Creamy Filling

Take about half of the creamy compound with a spatula and spread evenly over the savoiardi.

With a spatula spread evenly over...

Repeat the same process as above and make the second layer.

This time place the savoiardi horizontally and when necessary break in tow to fit them in.

Cover with the other half of the creamy compound and the second layer is done too!

Place the savoiardi horizontally for the second layer...
The second layer is done too!
Final sprinkle of cocoa powder...

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