Jeff Smith's Basic Tiramisu recipe

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This is a Tiramisu recipe by the famous Jeff Smith. Like most typical Tiramisu recipes, this one uses mascarpone cheese, Espresso coffee, brandy, egg yolks and ladyfingers.
Preparation time: 30 minutes, Cooking time: 10 minutes, Serves: 8 


For the coffee mixture
½ cup Espresso coffee
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brandy

For the filling
2 egg yolks
1 pound (500 g) mascarpone cheese
32 ladyfingers
4 ounces dark chocolate, shaved or grated

For the icing
1 cup whipping cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
2 Tbsp powdered sugar

For garnishing
Cocoa powder, unsweetened
Dark chocolate, shaved or grated


Line the inside of a pan with wax paper and set aside.

Prepare the coffee mixture
Combine the Espresso coffee, sugar and brandy in a mixing bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves. Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture in another bowl.

Prepare the cheese mixture
Add the egg yolks into the coffee mixture and whisk. Add the Mascarpone cheese and whisk until you get a smooth mixture.

Tiramisu assembly
Dip half of the ladyfingers, one at a time, into the reserved coffee mixture (do not over soak). Place them in a pan, one next to the other, until you cover the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the Mascarpone cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Sprinkle the cheese with half of the chocolate mixture. This will finish the first layer.

Repeat the above procedure to complete the second layer.

Bring up the flaps of wax paper. Wrap the pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

To prepare the icing
In a mixing bowl, add the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar and whip until stiff.

To serve, remove the wrap from the pan, invert the pan on a serving platter and tap the bottom to remove the cake. Remove the wax paper and spread the icing on top using a spatula. Dust with shaved chocolate and serve.
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