Wednesday, October 1, 2008



A rich Italian dessert made with layers of lady fingers or sponge cake soaked in brandy and espresso and sweetened mascarpone cheese custard cream.
Tiramisù is often garnished with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

I was introduced to Tiramisù when my son was an undergrad studying in Aix-en-Provence, France. His house mother taught him the proper way to make it, and, being the great cook that he is, he mastered it!

I have found a quick version for those working people that love to savor the dessert but do not have time to prepare it the Italian way.


1 small package of Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 8 oz. can of evaporated milk
3 teaspoons Cocoa
3 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. whipped topping
4 packages lady fingers
1 cup Kahlua

Layer one third of the lady fingers in a 9" x 13" casserole dish.
Soak lady fingers in Kahlúa.
Mix the first seven ingredients.
Alternate lady fingers (soak each layer) and cream mixture, ending with the cream mixture.
Grate chocolate over the top for garnish.
Chill before serving.

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