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Wegman's Tiramisu

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Wegmans Executive Chef Mark Makovec shares our recipe for this classic Italian dessert. The blend of ingredients is perfectly balanced so that it's a delectable dessert without being either overly sweet or not sweet enough. It's addictive! This receipe is easy and well worth the time. Serving the dessert in mini glasses is a great idea as you can control the amount you eat. This recipe is great for a special meal or party and the perfect dessert to follow up an Italian meal.
Ingredients
  Ladyfingers 3 Ounce (or sponge cake)
For the syrup
  Granular sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Instant espresso/Instant coffee 1 Tablespoon
  Coffee liqueur 2 Tablespoon
For the filling
  Heavy cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Mascarpone cheese 8 Ounce
  Confectioners sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), sifted (10-X Powdered sugar)
  Marsala wine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (a sweet one such as Florio)
  Vanilla extract 2 Teaspoon
  Coffee liqueur 1 Tablespoon (Optional)
For whipped cream
  Heavy cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon, sifted
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
For garnish
  Dark chocolate/Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 Ounce, shaved (Optional)
  Cocoa powder 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. To prepare syrup: In small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to boil on medium-high, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from heat, stir in instant coffee and 2 tablespoon coffee liquor. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature before using.
3. Line cookie tray with plastic wrap.

MAKING
4. Dip each ladyfinger into room temp coffee syrup. Let set briefly on lined cookie tray to allow ladyfingers to absorb syrup. Cut ladyfingers in half width wise. Arrange pieces in single layer on bottom and/or sides of 8 mini glass serving dishes (about 5 oz each). Set aside.
5. Prepare tiramisu filling: Whip 2 cups of heavy cream to medium peaks in a stand mixer; set aside.
6. Add mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, wine, vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp coffee liquor if desired, to food processor fitted with a blade. Pulse 10-12 times or until all ingredients are well-blended.
7. Transfer cheese mixture to larger mixing bowl and add whipped cream. With long-handled rubber spatula, fold whipped cream into cheese mixture until well combined. The finished filling should have consistency of soft-to-medium peak whipped cream. If filling seems a bit loose, whip briefly with stand mixer or hand whisk until soft-to-medium peaks form.
8. Cover ladyfingers with tiramisu filling to top of serving dishes and level with straight side of pallete knife. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight, covered.

SERVING
9. Serving options: Top filling with an even, single layer of dark chocolate shavings or small dark chocolate chips and/or sweetened whipped cream. Dollop sweetened whipped cream onto chilled tiramisu filling, forming peaks as you go.
10. Add cocoa powder to small hand sifter; evenly coat sweetened whipped cream with cocoa powder.
11. Serve slightly chilled with crisp cookies.

TIPS
Syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated until needed.
Soaking syrup can be made with leftover coffee in place of the water and instant espresso.
To avoid over-soaking, submerge ladyfingers completely but quickly in and out of syrup.
To whip cream: add 1 cup heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to bowl of stand mixer. Whip on medium speed until medium stiff peaks are formed.
Make the dessert up to 2 days ahead.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Rich
Method: 
Chilling
Dish: 
Cake
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Mascarpone Cheese
Preparation Time: 
240 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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