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4.70 from 10 votes


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tiramisu
Servings: 9


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cup milk
  • 1 lb. mascarpone cheese or 2 packages - 8 oz. each cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 packages 3 oz. each ladyfingers
  • ¼ cup strong coffee cold
  • 2 Tablespoons rum or ⅛ teaspoon rum extract and 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon baking cocoa


  • Beat egg yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan. Whisk until well blended. Whisk in milk. Over medium heat, bring mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Place plastic wrap or waxed paper directly onto the egg yolk mixture in the saucepan. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Mix egg yolk mixture and cheese with whisk until smooth. Beat whipping cream and vanilla in chilled medium bowl with electric mixer on his speed until stiff.
  • Separate ladyfingers horizontally, in half, Mix espresso and rum (or rum extracts + 2 tbsp water). Drizzle ladyfingers with espresso mixture.
  • Arrange half of the ladyfingers in a single layer in 9x13 baking dish. Spread half of the cheese mixture then half of the whipped cream over the ladyfingers. Repeat layers.
  • Sprinkle top generously with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.