Tiramisu (Rao's)

Category: Desserts

Tags: italian


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua, brandy or other liqueur
  • 4.5 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup tiny chocolate bits and/or 1/2 cup diced, glazed orange peel
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 tbls. light brown sugar
  • 3 tbls. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbls. fine-quality cocoa powder
  • 2 7-ounce packages Champagne biscuits (see note)
  • 1/2 cup grated bittersweet chocolate


1. Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, but do not allow it to touch the water. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat for approximately 7 minutes or until mixture has tripled in volume and a candy thermometer inserted into into it reads 160 degrees F. Remove bowl from pan.

2. Beating constantly, add liqueur 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating for about 5 minutes or until mixture is cool.

3. When cool, beat in marscarpone until well blended. If using, stir in chocolate bits and.or glazed orange peel. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or until well chilled.

4. Combine water, brown sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa in a medium bowl. Stir until expresso powder and cocoa dissolve.

5. One at a time, completely dip bisuits into the espresso mixture, then put them in the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish to completely cover the bottom. If necessary, cut biscuits to fit.

6. Evenly spread one third of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits. Continue dipping and layering, making 2 additional layers of biscuit and mascarpone, ending with a cheese layer.

7. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

8. When ready to serve, sprinkle grated chocolate over the top. Cut into squares and serve cold.

NOTE: Champagne biscuits are 4-inch-long cookies similar to lady fingers that are available at Italian markets, speciality food stores, and some supermarkets. If you can't find them, you can substitute traditional lady fingers.