Recipe Shed: Hand-Me-Downs – My Mother-in-Law’s Classic Tiramisu

I appreciate these photos aren’t great, but they were sneakily shot while my Mother-in-Law wasn’t looking during our visit there last week. She’s quite guarded about her Tiramisu recipe, given that it was handed down by her own mother, but I persuaded her that committing it to my blog would ensure its survival for time immemorial. (I also said @dawnlindsell had begged me for it, and that she was not the kind of woman to cross).

Anyway, here it is. A creamy, fluffy, slightly-coffeeish, slightly-boozy dessert of the highest calibre, handed down from my MIL to me, to you. Enjoy!Recipe Shed

Enough to serve 8-10 people

2 eggs, separated
500g mascapone cheese
85g sugar
500g sponge finger biscuits, or two circular sponge flan bases
250ml strong black coffee
3-4 tbsp coffee liqueur, or sherry, or brandy
2-4 tbsp cocoa powder, to dust

1. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and creamy. Fold in the cheese.

2. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold into the egg, sugar and cheese mixture.

3. Mix alcohol of your choice with the coffeee, the pour over the sponge fingers or flan bases.

4. In a deep, glass trifle dish, arrange a single layer of dipped sponge fingers or one of the flan cases to cover the bottom of the dish.

5. Spread half the cheese mixture over the sponge, then add another layer of fingers or flan.

6. Spread the rest of the cheese mixture over the top of the second sponge layer.

7. Sprinkle liberally with cocoa powder and keep in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

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7 Responses to Recipe Shed: Hand-Me-Downs – My Mother-in-Law’s Classic Tiramisu

  1. Hi Keith! I love me a good Tiramisu and even better one that the recipe has been passed from generation to generation. My Nanna wrote down all of her baking recipes for me in a notebook and gave it to me one Christmas. It’s one of my most prized possessions. I’ve made a few things from it and posted a few of them on the blog. I even entered a baking competition with her Date & Walnut Slice and was a semi-finalist, winning a $100 supermarket voucher. (Yeah, I know. Big deal!) She was the best baker and cook. Hopefully it’s rubbed off onto me. Will look forward to reading everyone’s recipes. (Sorry, this submission is a previously posted one too. I’m ultra lazy this week. Father’s Day here this Sunday and you know how hectic that gets! LOL)

    Anne xx

  2. Jenny paulin

    Keith that dessert looks and sounds ruddy amazing mmmmm i am drooling x

  3. Sounds great and I am not even a fan of coffee-flavoured desserts!

  4. Mmmm I do so like Tiramisu, I make it with a very similar just with Marsala and chocolate shavings on the top… my mouth is watering as I walk to the kitchen, but :( I’m not supposed to be eating sugary things at the moment, hurumph!

  5. Looks good. Very good. In fact it might be on the cards for tomorrow. The last Tiramisu we had was excellent (hasten to add that it was made by friends, not by us – this would be a first for us…)

  6. I LOVE Tiramisu, it’s my all time favourite puds and your recipe looks delicious :) Thanks heaps for sharing it x

  7. That recipe sounds delicious!
    I know I’m a bit late in linking up, but I’ve only just discovered your blog (thanks to Twitter!) I thought I’d share my mum’s bread pudding recipe, which is slightly less exotic than tiramisu, but great comfort food.