Sunday, February 6, 2011


For all my talk recently of tea and cake (and pie!) I wanted to share something sweet with you. Initially I couldn't decide, then I found the perfect treat...Tiramisu. Neither pie nor cake, this one stands on it's own.

This recipe is quick and easy to assemble. It also has the distinction of being the first entry in my new recipe book. (It's the start of my new year's resolution to organize my favorite recipes into a working cookbook.)

I found this recipe organizer by Paperchase at my local Borders. The pea pod design is so cute, I've taken to calling my new kitchen helper Penelope, sweet "P" for short.

Did you know the literal meaning of "tiramisu" is "pick me up"....all the better!!

This recipe hails from Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals 2. Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

1 package ladyfingers (sponge)
1/2 cup strong black coffee or espresso
2 ounces (shots) coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
2 cups Mascarpone cheese (available in specialty cheese aisle)
1/2 cup powdered confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Open the ladyfingers and separate them. Paint the ladyfingers with coffee combined with the coffee liqueur using a pastry brush. Line 4 martini glasses with a single layer of ladyfingers, letting the cakes overlap a bit at the stem. Press the cakes down to fit the lines of the glass. Beat Mascarpone and sugar together, 2 or 3 minutes and spoon into the glasses. Top glasses off with a cap of coffee and liqueur-soaked ladyfingers. Dust each completed dessert with a cocoa powder combined with a touch of cinnamon.


  1. She loved the ladyfingers...I think he couldn't get past the name.

  2. My granddad calls it "teerameeshoo". Perhaps the boy would prefer that pronunciation:)

  3. LOL...actually it was "ladyfingers" that made him do a doubletake - no thanks mommy - and then he ran!!