On New Year's Eve, I attended a small, potluck-style party at a friend's home.
This year, I volunteered to bring a dessert. I made tiramisu using savoiardi (Italian lady fingers) I had purchased last month at Litteri's, a small Italian grocery store located in the District. (In an article I read in Cooks Illustrated, the author stresses the importance of using savoiardi cookies rather than the spongy, cake-like lady fingers more commonly found in regular supermarkets.)
While I'm not really a dessert person, I do love tiramisu. And it's so simple to make, as demonstrated below. To knock down the calories somewhat, and to get an early start on my goal of losing 10 pounds during the new year, I used Splenda instead of sugar.
Ideally, this tiramisu should be refrigerated overnight before serving to allow the egg/mascarpone mixture, which is layered between the coffee-soaked cookies, to set.
- 40 lady fingers
- 3 cups strongly brewed espresso coffee, cooled
- 1 cup Splenda
- 5 eggs, whites and yolks separated
- 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup cognac
- Cocoa powder for dusting
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
Take each lady finger, dip one side into the remaining coffee, and layer on the bottom of a 9-inch-by-12-inch baking dish. Spread half of the egg/mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers. Dust with a layer of cocoa powder. Repeat with the remaining lady fingers and the egg/mascarpone mixture. Dust with a final layer of cocoa powder.
Cover the baking dish with plastic or foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, before serving.