Cats, Cooking, and Life!


Time for another dessert that's bad for you, but oh-so-great on the taste buds!  We in the Calico Kitchen, yes even including Bow-Tie Calico, think that it's OK to have these waist-increasing treats, as long as they are taken in moderation along with healthy food and enough exercise.

Tiramisu is Italian for "pick me up", which is exactly how you'll feel after trying this sumptuous dessert.  The combination of biscuits, coffee, cheese, chocolate and eggs that somehow come together in a taste explosion in your mouth is a distinctive experience.  You'll need to try it to see what I mean.

Da Original Gangstur has been wanting to make this for a while, so we finally decided to give it a try.  It wasn't too hard to find a simple recipe.

There's a nearby Italian deli so we were able to find good biscuits and mascarpone.  The mascarpone is expensive but improves the dish.

  • 125 ml strong coffee (1/2 cup)
  • 60 ml Kahlua liqueur (1/4 cup).  Rum is a good alternative
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 60ml sugar(1/4 cup)
  • 250g mascarpone cheese, room temperature (2 x 8oz. packages)  If you can't find mascarpone, and I mean after really trying, then cream cheese will be acceptable.
  • 250g package of lady fingers (8 oz)
  • About 30 g of cocoa powder for sprinkling on top.  (1 oz)  Alternatively, you can finely grate some chocolate.
Beat the egg yolks

The egg yolks, sugar and cheese
  1. Combine the coffee and Kahlua, and set aside to cool.
  2. Beat egg yolks. Add sugar gradually until well mixed. Add cream cheese and mix well. 
  3. In another bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the cheese mixture.  Be careful to mix these as little as possible, otherwise the egg white foam will collapse.
  4. Spread a layer of cheese mixture into a glass serving bowl. Dip lady fingers into the coffee mixture and cover cheese layer.
  5. Repeat the layers until the pan is full
  6. Sprinke chocolate on top
  7. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
Whip the egg whites

Layer the biscuits and egg and cheese mixture

Sprinkle with cocoa

And, of course, Bow-Tie Calico approves.


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