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Sweet Tea Tiramisù

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 13 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings
For topping: Toss sliced strawberries and pitted fresh cherries with a little sugar and almond liqueur; add shaved chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 (8-oz.) containers mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 (3-oz.) packages ladyfingers
  • 1 to 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Discard tea bags. Add 1 cup sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring tea mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 22 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Remove mixture from heat, and let cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).

  3. Stir together mascarpone cheese, vanilla bean paste, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar.

  4. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into cheese mixture.

  5. Separate ladyfingers in half. Arrange 24 ladyfinger halves, flat sides up, in the bottom of an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Drizzle with half of tea mixture. Top with half of cheese mixture. Repeat layers once. Cover and chill 12 hours. Sift cocoa over top just before serving.