Happy Saturday! I am so excited to share my Valentine’s Day dessert with you, Tiramisu, and I have an exciting announcement! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts in the world. Italian Savoiardi cookies (also known as Ladyfingers) are dipped in espresso, then topped with a fluffy layer mascarpone cheese and whipped cream flavored with Marsala wine. Just before serving, top the Tiramisu with cocoa powder and dark chocolate shavings. You can prepare this dessert in a baking dish or in small trifle glasses. Did you know that Tiramisu literally means “pick me up”? It is the perfect thing to look forward to in the afternoons or after a long day at work, and pairs well with coffee or tea. I was surprised when I was looking at recipes for Tiramisu because most of them had raw eggs in them. I figured I have eaten enough brownie and cookie batter in my lifetime and have never gotten sick, so it would probably be fine… and I was right, nothing happened. Many people say it is a must to leave the Tiramisu in the refrigerator overnight for the best results, so I tried this and it was incredible. If you can’t wait that long, try to wait as long as you can, at least so the filling sets nicely.

On to the announcement… I am currently writing my first book! It isn’t a recipe book as you may have thought, although I hope to work on one sometime in the future. How fun would that be? I am not ready to release any details on the book just yet, but it is a fun process and I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Do you have any plans for the 3-day weekend? The weather is gloomy in the city today, so I plan on staying inside and getting some work done. We usually don’t go anywhere on 3-day weekends because most places are overpriced and crowded *cough*Tahoe*cough* ๐Ÿ™‚ I am hoping for some snow up there so we can go skiing soon!

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Prep time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups espresso or strong coffee, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Marsala wine or dark rum
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Pinch of cream of tarter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 20 Savoiardi cookies (Ladyfingers) (if thin, may need more)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Dark chocolate for garnish
  1. Add egg yolks and sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add mascarpone cheese and continue beating until mixed well.
  3. In a standalone mixer or separate mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until you see stiff peaks (this may take a few minutes).
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture with a spatula (do not mix!).
  5. Clean the bowl the heavy whipping cream was used in, and add the egg whites and pinch of cream of tarter.
  6. Beat the egg whites with a clean attachment (beaters or large whisk) until peaks form. Make sure there is no trace of dish soap left on the bowl or beaters, or the peaks will not form.
  7. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone/whipped cream mixture, again gently with a spatula until just combined.
  8. Set in the refrigerator.
  9. Pour coffee and 2 tbsp Marsala wine or rum (if desired) into a bowl and QUICKLY dunk the Ladyfinger cookies one-by-one into the coffee and place side-by-side in a 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Once you have the bottom layer completed, add one half of the filling over the top and spread until even.
  11. Add another layer of dipped Ladyfinger cookies over the filling, and top with the other half of filling. Spread until even.
  12. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is recommended for best flavor!).
  13. Just before serving, garnish by dusting cocoa powder over the top, and shave dark chocolate with a vegetable peeler over the top.

Makes 1 8x8 dish of Tiramisu


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  1. Claire says:

    A book? How exciting! Can’t wait to hear more about it! Also, love the tiramisu! I wish I wasn’t feeling sickly so I could make it, tiramisu is one of those foods I can eat at any time. It totally is a pick me up ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Liz says:

    I have been meaning to make Tiramisu for awhile now…it’s one of my favorite desserts! We have a 3-day weekend too where I live (Family Day). What’s your holiday? Hope you’re enjoying it so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bam's Kitchen says:

    I love Tiramisu as it like the time to mingle with flavors and you can make it ahead. Congrats on writing your book and can’t wait to hear the details. Take care, BAM

  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

    Ohhhh, I can’t wait for your book to come out! How exciting! Your Tiramisu looks amazing!!! I love Tiramisu, and I just have to make it. I was in the city today and thought of you! It was gorgeous out!!! What a glorious day! Wish it would stay that way!! I am ready fro spring!

  5. john@kitchenriffs says:

    This dessert is one of my favorites too! And for some reason I rarely make it – don’t ask why, because it’s so easy. Although the chances of getting a “bad” egg are so slight, we’ve taken to buying pasteurized eggs for anything (like cookie dough!) where we might be ingesting raw egg. They’re not that much more expensive, so it seems like cheap insurance to us. Hope you’re having a fun long weekend!

  6. katie says:

    LOVE me some tiramisu. My husband loves it too and I’ve never made it because I’m too freaked out by the whole raw egg thing. Must give it a try soon. Btw… congrats on the book! I can’t wait to hear more about it once you can release more details.

  7. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a great Valentine’s Day dessert. I love tiramisu and tend to always order it whenever at an Italian restaurant. The combination of the chocolate and those sponge biscuits soaked in liquor with the cream is just heavenly. Congratulations on writing a book. I can’t wait for more details xx

  8. Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop says:

    Congrats on starting the book! We will await the exciting news when you next share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jackie l FoodWineFashion.com says:

    Kristianne – that’s awesome that you’re writing a book! You have to give us more details than that ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep us updated with the process.

    And Tiramisu – one of my absolute favorites. I’ve made it once and was actually very impressed with myself for the end result!

  10. cakewhiz says:

    congrats on the book! i can’t wait to hear more about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    and your tiramisu looks TOP NOTCH! it must have made the perfect valentine’s day dessert.

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