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Serves: 8 mini tiramisu
Coffee sponge base
  • Approx 16 sponge fingers
  • Approx 180-200 ml espresso (or 150ml ground coffee brewed in 400ml water)
  • 60ml Marsala (or 30ml brandy)
Marsala cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 70g sugar
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 150ml cream (min 35% fat)
  • 60ml Marsala (or brandy)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
For the topping
  • 50 g grated dark chocolate
For the Marsala cream
  1. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with the sugar until fluffy and doubled in volume. It's colour should be closer to white than yellow when it's ready - it takes about 12 minutes on medium speed in my KitchenAid.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the mascarpone and whipping cream until soft peaks form. It doesn’t take long; you can do it by hand.
  3. Add Marsala and vanilla extract and stir to combine.Fold the cream mixture into the sugar and eggs in three additions.
Assembling the tiramisu
  1. Mix coffee with Marsala and stir to combine. Dip sponge fingers into coffee mixture for a couple of seconds.
  2. Place a layer of coffee sponge biscuits into the bottom of serving glasses and fill the glass to just under halfway with the mascarpone mixture. Repeat so that you have a second layer.
  3. Cling wrap each glass and refrigerate for at least three hours.
  4. Just before serving, cover with a layer of grated dark chocolate and top with a strawberry to make sure that you’re getting that essential fruit component into your diet.
Tash's Top Tips
Use fresh eggs, and be careful of cross-contamination as the eggs aren’t cooked at all in this recipe. Check the use by date on the eggs to be sure.
Do not store for more than three days.
Unacceptable cheats for this are using cream cheese as a substitute - mascarpone costs about $5 at the supermarket.
Don’t skip the Marsala or your tiramisu will lack flavour. Entry-level Marsala costs about $6 and is perfectly acceptable for making tiramisu with (and you'll have enough for at least 7 batches). There’s really not much of a saving to be made and you’ll end up with a substandard tiramisu.
Recipe by A Kitchen Cat at https://akitchencat.com.au/tiramisu/