Guest Post: Ina’s Italian Tiramisu… Yum!

May 25, 2011

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I am so thrilled to be guest posting for my very sweet friend Mara! I’m Eden and I own an event design and floral company called Sugar and Charm. I also have a blog where I share recipes and fun crafts, that you can see here. I had the pleasure of (and best time ever) working with Mara on the design and florals for her beautiful wedding day! I must say it turned out gorgeous and I can hardly wait to see the pictures!! When Mara asked me to guest post, I instantly thought of sharing a recipe, since we both have a passion and love for baking. I also wanted to incorporate Mara’s favorite chef, Ina Garten, and the amazing country her and Matthew have been frolicking in for two weeks… Italy! Read below for a sweet and delicious Tiramisu recipe from Ina Garten’s Family Style cookbook. Enjoy! 
Ina’s Tiramisu (from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Family Style) printable 
INGREDIENTS 
     *6 large egg yolks, at room temperature 
     *1/4 cup sugar
     *1/2 cup good dark rum, divided 
     *1 1/2 cups brewed espresso, divided (if you don’t have espresso, you can make a strong dark coffee)
     *16 to 17 ounces mascarpone cheese (find this at an Italian specialty store)
     *30 Italian ladyfingers 
     *Bittersweet Chocolate, shaved or grated
     *Confectioners’ sugar (optional) 
DIRECTIONS 
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar on high speed for 5 minutes, until it’s light yellow and very thick. Lower the speed to medium and add 1/4 cup rum and 1/4 cup espresso as well as the mascarpone cheese. Whisk  until smooth.
In another shallow bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup rum and 1 1/4 cup espresso. Dip one side of each ladyfinger into the mixture and line the bottom of a 9 X 12 X 2-inch dish (really any dish will work… even little individual ones). Pour half of the espresso cream mixture evenly on top. Dip one side of the ladyfingers in the espresso-rum mixture and place them in second layer in the dish. Pour the rest of the espresso cream mixture on the top, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
Before serving sprinkle the top with shaved chocolate and dust lightly with confectioners’ sugar. Tada! 
Thanks for letting me stop by, Mara!! Can’t wait to hear all of the exciting adventures you and Matthew had on your honeymoon. xoxo 
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