Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercato: Tiramisu


4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup Marsala wine

16 ounces mascarpone cheese

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups brewed espresso*

3 tablespoons coffee liqueur or brandy

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

48 Savoiardi ladyfingers

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder (for garnish)


1. Place the egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala in a large metal mixing bowl, and set it over a pot of simmering water.

2. Cook, whisking, until the mixture is pale, thick, and doubled in volume (about 5 minutes).

3. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the mascarpone.

4. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks.

5. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.

6. Set the filling aside.

7. Whisk the espresso, liqueur, and powdered sugar together in a shallow dish.

8. One at a time, dip the ladyfingers into the espresso mixture and arrange in an even layer in the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. (Line the ladyfingers up in two straight rows of twelve.)

9. Spread half the filling over the ladyfingers, and repeat.

10. Spread the rest of the filling on top, dust with cocoa powder, and refrigerate for 8 hours.


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