There are so many variations of Tiramisu, but I personally think that nothing beats the old, authentic Italian way of making this delicious dessert. My aunt passed along a recipe that was passed down from my Uncle’s side of the family (who are, surprise surprise, Italian). However – I couldn’t find it in the mess of all the recipe papers I have. That and she asked me not to share it as it is a family secret. I found a similar recipe though online that I used from Key Ingredient.

Ingredients
2-2Β½ cups strong espresso, cooled to room temperature
4 large eggs or 5 small/medium eggs, separated
4-5 tbsp sugar (one tablespoon per egg) I use a regular spoon to measure – if you use a measuring spoon it will taste sweeter (personal preference).
500g (16 oz) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 – 200-250 g (7-9 oz) pkg Savoiardi or Pavesini (lady fingers)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or to taste) Again, I use a regular spoon but a measuring spoon will also work.

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Directions
1. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixture till stiff peaks form but not dry; set aside.

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2. In another medium bowl, Beat the egg yolks with sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat well. Add mascarpone cheese and mix until there are no more lumps.

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4. Dip the cookies in espresso (you can add a shot of your favourite liquor to the espresso, like rum, amaretto, brandy, Frangelico, marsala, etc.) and lay them into a 9Γ—14 rectangular glass pan (or you may use another container/pan). Pour half the mascarpone mixture onto the cookies and spread evenly across the top.

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5. Repeat step 4 with the next layer.

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I’m happy to report that this went like hot cakes at our barbecue! I kept it in the cooler for the most part, but it was okay sitting out for a little bit.

I’d like to also share this great video Nathalie put together on her recent trip to Toronto visiting my Aunt and Uncle and his side of the family, it’s great.