Christine's Rum Tiramisu

    4 hours 35 minutes

    My version of the Italina classic... mascarpone custard layered with whipped cream and rum and coffee soaked sponge finger or savoiardi plain Italian biscuits.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 6 egg yolks
    • 3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
    • 2/3 cup (170ml) milk
    • 300ml thickened cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 450g mascarpone cheese
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) strong brewed coffee, room temperature
    • 2 tablespoons (40ml) rum
    • 190g sponge finger/savoiardi biscuits (about ¾ packet)
    • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:4hours  ›  Ready in:4hours35min 

    1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
    2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
    3. In a small flat bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split sponge fingers or savoiardi in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
    4. Arrange half of soaked biscuits in bottom of a 18x28cm dish. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over biscuits, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.

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    As a Tiramisu-Lover, I decided to try this recipe, based on the reviews. The only thing I can say is WOW!!!! The RICH & CREAMY flavor mixed with the Coffee-soaked lady fingers leaves you wanting more! VERY IMPORTANT: Let it refrigerate AT LEAST 24 hours; the flavors really need to blend!! I tasted the mixture right after adding the Marscapone Cheese and it tasted very bland. However, after refrigerating overnight, it was probably better than any Tiramisu I'd ever tasted. ONE MORE IMPORTANT TIP: As others have mentioned, doubling the coffee / rum mixture is a MUST. You get that espresso taste, blended with the creamy flavor - HEAVENLY!  -  04 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the recipe to try if you´ll make your Tiramisu. I was unsure wich recipe to try, ´cause others had more reviews. Lucky me, I try this one. My husband, a very picky eater, loved this and didn´t stop the MMMM! while he was eating. The milk in the egg mixture makes the difference. Few tips: 1. make 2 days ahead, it´s the peak of flavors and consistency. 2. double the amount of coffe/liquor, it´s not enough. 3. use soft lady finger, the others are just like rocks. 4. don´t be tempted to lower the amount of sugar, I did based on a preview review, big mistake, went from a 3/4 cup wich is what the recipe call for, to 2/3 cup, the little extra sugar was missing, and I don´t have a sweet tooth. 5. serve chilled, just my taste but it´s wonderful in this warm day to have a cold dessert. 6. be carefull, one piece of this has tons of calories, your waist and hips are going to tell you sooner than later. 7. mix well the egg and sugar and when you cook the mixture NEVER stop beating, this makes a silky smoth texture. 8. with a electrical mixer add the mascarpone to the milk/egg, this way you avoid clumps and keeps the silky texture.  -  26 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I don't normally bring a dish to a party until I've "test drove" it with my immediate family, but I decided to go ahead and trust the allrecipes community and brought this to our extended family Christmas party this past weekend. It was a hit. I'm picky about my tiramisu and was doubtful that I could produce one that I really liked. This is it. I took the advice of several others and doubled the coffee mixture, and had just enough. I didn't have any rum on hand, so I substituted with Frangelica. Yum! Also, as noted by other posts, don't judge by the way it tastes when you are making it. I thought it quite blah during preparation, but after 2 days in the fridge it was delicious. For presentation purposes, I made it in a trifle dish. I modified the layering a bit, but used the same amount of ingredients and it fit perfectly. I covered the bottom of the dish with lady fingers and then also stood them up along the outside of the circumference of the dish (on the first layer only). I then did a layer of filling, layer of cream, second layer of ladyfingers, layer of filling, layer of cream, third layer of ladyfingers, layer of filling, layer of cream. Thanks for adding another great dessert recipe to my collection!  -  27 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)