Monday, October 13, 2014

My Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I am already starting to collect my favorite recipes for special meals.

My all-time favorite recipe is for tiramisu. I love to make and eat this dessert on special occasions in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. Since it's suitable year-round, I like to call it a four seasons dessert! 

I absolutely love this dessert. It's my go-to dish for holidays and dinner parties. So far, I have only received positive reviews from those who have tried it. My only wish is that my preemie-toddler could try my tiramisu, but she's on a dairy-free diet. 

If you would like to try my tiramisu recipe, which is inspired by a Betty Crocker recipe, then follow the directions below:

Key Kitchen Items
  • 8-inch square pan
  • 2 bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Spatula
  • Small strainer (optional)
  • 2 packages of ladyfingers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of light rum or vanilla extract (Note: You may need less or more rum, depending on your palate.)
  • 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa
  • 1 cup of cold strong coffee (Note: You may need less or more coffee, depending on your palate.)

1) Beat the cream cheese and the powdered sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Slowly add and mix-in the light rum or rum extract.
2) In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Combine the whipping cream with the cream cheese mixture. 
 3) Line the bottom of an eight inch square pan with ladyfingers. I prefer soft, spongy ladyfingers, but couldn't find them for the purpose of today's blog post. So, I'm using hard lady fingers. 

4) Drizzle half a cup of the cold coffee onto the ladyfingers. 
5) Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the coffee soaked ladyfingers. 

6) Arrange the remaining ladyfingers on top of the cream cheese mixture. Drizzle the remaining cold coffee on the lady fingers. Then, spread the remaining cream cheese mixture over the ladyfingers. 

7) Sprinkle baking cocoa on top of the dessert. I use a small strainer to do this, but you may be able to gently sprinkle the baking cocoa onto the dessert using a spoon. 

8) Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or until the layers are firm. 

7) Relax, enjoy, and think of Italy!

Do you have a favorite recipe for the fall -- or a recipe that is suitable for each and every season? I'd love to hear from you and would greatly appreciate any recipes (it can be for an appetizer, entrĂ©e, dessert, drink, or snack) that you might be willing to share. Your comments, feedback, and interaction put a smile on my face!  Thanks and have a great week!


  1. OMG! This looks so goood! I might have to bring this to my bestie's Thanksgiving party!!!!

  2. This looks great! I always thought it was hard to make!

    1. My recipe is pretty simple. Please let me know if you make this dessert and enjoy it!

  3. I always thought tiramisu was difficult to make as well! Good to know!! Looks delicious.

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  4. Ooooh I love tiramisu! I used to make this. I would even add mangoes on it. Your look sooooo yummy as well! Now I'm getting hungry!

  5. Yum! I wish I wasn't gluten free... This looks delicious! :)