Ava Grace's Closet: Things my M.I.L. Taught Me - Week 4
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Things my M.I.L. Taught Me - Week 4

It's here.
The best week of all.
Better than onetwo, and three combined.

Tiramisu (tiramisu) (I kid)
4 eggs
400-500 gram package of italian lady fingers
450 grams of mascarpone cheese 
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of espresso 
1/3 cup of dark rum
100 grams of grated semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbsp of cocoa
1 tsp of lemon extract

STEP 1Separate the eggs into two bowls. Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside.
Beat egg yolks with sugar until thick and light. Add the mascarpone cheese and beat until mixed well. Add lemon extract.
At this point, fold in the egg white mixture.
STEP 2: Prepare espresso and combine with rum. In a large (preferably glass) serving dish, place first layer of lady fingers. Spoon the espresso/rum over cookies until moistened. Spread half of the mixture onto the cookies. Sprinkle with cocoa and chocolate. 
Note: I recently found this incredible product made by Ghirardelli that combines the two. No grating required!  
Repeat STEP 2. Cover the top layer completely with cocoa and chocolate - you should see minimal mixture peeking through.
Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate.

Other than gelato {duh}, tiramisu is my very favorite italian dessert.
I was always hesitant to try it because it seemed so complicated. It's really not. The only thing to keep in mind is that it is a process and the steps must be followed in order for it to turn out correctly. I also can't stress the importance of buying the VERY BEST mascarpone you can find. 
Ideally from Italy. More ideally, by Galbani
OK, now I'm starting to SOUND like my M.I.L. 
It's a good thing.
As is this tiramisu.
Buon Appetito!


  1. another challenge.. bring it! my fave too.. i had a dream last nite that I was in Italy!

  2. One of my all-time favorite desserts!

  3. Oh GOD My sister-in-law married into a family with Italian roots. And her in-laws (My in-laws' in-laws .... interesting image. anyhoo) have Italian neighbors. Every year, my sister-in-law buys a tirimisu from these neighbors to bring to our family Christmas celebration. It. Is. Amazing.

    Also, this made me laugh:
    "STEP 2: Prepare espresso and combine with rum."
    I thought maybe it should be followed with "drink".

  4. My brother-in-law has a restaurant in Siena, Italy and this recipe is super close to his. This is my absolute favorite dessert on earth! I always have to make it for special occasions.

  5. This is my husband favorite!! I think it's his love language! :)

  6. Sounds delicious! I love it but I'm still terrified to try it!! Maybe one day!! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I was just looking at a recipe for Tiramisu in a magazine! This looks delicious:)

  8. Man that look so tasty! :) You are quite the chef and baker!

  9. YUM! One of my favorite desserts, gotta try this soon. Thanks for adding two pounds to my thighs =P

  10. DELISH!! One can always use a good Tiramisu recipe.. and this one sounds fabulous!!! .... You are most blessed with your MIL... xo HHL


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