Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tiramisu, pronto

A quick, make-it-in-your-sleep deconstruction of tiramisu. This is one dessert I could eat until I burst, so I needed to find a way to have so much and no more.

To wit, a recipe for two persons. Or, one for you and...anotheroneforyou! Yep, there's a way around every resolution.

4 lady fingers
4 tablespoons marscarpone
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cognac (or another unsweet spirit of your choice; grappa, for instance)

(And increase incrementally, of course, for more people)

First, make some good espresso. How you do that is up to you. I use an Alessi stovetop espresso maker. This one was loaded with Illy.

In a small bowl stir vigorously the cream, sugar and cognac.

In small glasses arrange two lady fingers, upright. Drizzle some coffee over them - not enough to collapse them, though they do absorb a lot before losing their poise.

Add a dollop of the cream.

That's it.


  1. Sometimes I use fat free creamcheese instead of mascarpone. Sure, not as good as the real stuff but I can eat tons of tiramisu too ;o)

  2. I love this recipe because it uses no raw eggs!!!!
    I have new verrines brought back from France, and am looking for a dinner party dessert......will make this and post! Thank you Marie! Genius!

  3. Brilliant. Sucks all the fussiness right out and leaves only the best. Nicely done.

  4. A favourite here too...great way to prep and serve, leaving more time for indulging :)


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