Mini Tiramisu

Italian cuisine is one of my favorites and it doesn’t just stop with savory dishes! One of my favorite desserts (ok, I have a lot of favorites) is the classic tiramisu. Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert. It’s made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a decedent creamy layer that involves mascarpone cheese. You had me forever at mascarpone cheese. I thought it would be fun and adorable to make individual mini tiramisus perfect for any event allowing your guests to pick right up and enjoy without the hassle of cutting and scooping.

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Mini Tiramisu

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 36 Ladyfingers (if store bought) or you can make simple homemade ladyfingers - recipe below

Mascarpone Filling

  • 20 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coffee Mixture

  • 8 ounces freshly brewed coffee
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder 

Directions 

  1. If using store-bought ladyfingers, proceed with directions. If making homemade, follow recipe below then continue here with directions. For the Mascarpone filling: In a large bowl, mix mascarpone cheese and sugar until combined. Do not over mix. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture until combined. Set aside.
  3. For the coffee mixture: In a small bowl, combine coffee and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. To assemble: Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture one at a time and either break up if using store bought, or if homemade, place a ladyfinger disk(s) in the bottom of the serving cup. Pipe or spoon a layer of the mascarpone filling on top of the ladyfingers. Repeat another layer of ladyfingers and mascarpone filling until you almost reach the top of the cup.
  5. Prepare all the mini tiramisus and then make the whipped cream: Add whipping cream and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until stiff peaks form.
  6. Pipe a swirl of whipped cream on top of each mini tiramisu and dust with cocoa powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve. These mini tiramisus are best if consumed within 2-3 days.

Homemade Ladyfingers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Makes about 4 dozen if piping in small circles- depends on the diameter of the serving dishes you use

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. For this recipe and depending how you’re going to serve these, I found a that Silicone Macaron Mat provided the perfect template to pipe evenly sized lady fingers… or should I say lady circles for this recipe :). 
  2. Place egg whites in a bowl and beat on high until soft peaks form. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue beating until egg whites are stiff and glossy.
  3. In another bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar. Whip until thick and pale in color.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  5. Fold in half the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Then fold in flour. And finally, fold in remaining egg whites.
  6. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag (or Ziploc bag) fitted with a wide plain tip and pipe batter into circles a little smaller than the opening of the cup you’ll serve them in because they will expand while baking. Or You can pipe them into traditional lady finger shapes.
  7. Bake for 6 minutes on the middle oven rack. 

Tips

To really soak up the coffee mixture, buy cake-like ladyfingers instead of the more traditional hard ladyfingers. Alternately, the homemade ladyfinger recipe above makes cake-like ladyfinger.

Enjoy!

Jessica