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This indulgent tiramisu recipe is the perfect dessert to impress friends and family alike. 
Serves 10


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1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup ground dark roast coffee
1/2 cup sugar, divided
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur), divided
5 large egg whites
2 tablespoons water
8 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
2 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
24 crisp savoiardi ladyfingers (1 [7-ounce] package)
3/4 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely grated


Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, and remove from heat. Add coffee; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

2. Combine 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, and 1 tablespoon Kahlúa in the top of a double boiler, stirring well with a whisk. Cook over simmering water, whisking constantly, until thick and candy thermometer registers 160° (about 9 minutes). Remove from heat; refrigerate 10 minutes.

3. Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until medium peaks form. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until the candy thermometer registers 250°. With mixer on low speed, carefully pour hot syrup over egg whites. Gradually increase speed to high; beat for 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form (do not overmix).

4. Combine egg yolk mixture, cream cheese, and mascarpone cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gently stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into cream cheese mixture; gently fold remaining egg white mixture into cream cheese mixture.

5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon Kahlúa to coffee. Quickly dip 12 ladyfingers into coffee mixture; arrange in the bottom of an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers. Sprinkle with half of chocolate. Repeat procedure with the remaining ladyfingers, coffee mixture, and cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

Created date

January 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 234
Fat 10.6 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Monofat 1.9 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 7.1 g
Carbohydrate 28.4 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 101 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 142 mg
Calcium 44 mg