Individual Tiramisu Parfaits

Individual Tiramisu Parfaits

I was watching an episode of  The Chew a few weeks back. A mother and daughter had a Tiramisu show down…the mom with her traditional Italian version and her daughter’s with a more modern twist. I recreated the winner’s updated recipe. Using the harder, more cookie-like lady fingers was new for me…and I also loved the addition of Kahlua and Frangelico liqueurs. Plus her layered presentation was definitely more enticing than a dish full of mystery dessert sprinkled with cocoa powder.

Individual Tiramisu Parfaits

I should have made these tiramisu parfaits  in “to-go” cups. Tom, my oldest, is a coffee/mocha dessert lover like his mama, but the hubby…well, not so much. With Tom living downtown, he’s happy to schlep home any leftover desserts…to share with his roomies. But I didn’t plan ahead with these puppies. Tom did come by twice to get his fill of tiramisu…but the last one sat untouched in the fridge.  My willpower was holding…and hubby had a stash of Oreos. Next time Tom will get the whole batch.

Tip of the day: Did you know you can buy pasteurized eggs? These are heated just enough to kill any salmonella which can be lingering on AND in raw eggs. So if you’re feeding a dish with raw eggs as an ingredient to the elderly, very young or immune-suppressed, it’s wise to use a pasteurized product. Safest Choice is the brand I can find locally.

Individual Tiramisu Parfaits
Ingredients
Recipe adapted from The Chew
  • 24 lady fingers, crushed (use the harder biscuit lady fingers instead of the sponge cake lady fingers) 1½ cups coffee
  • 9 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur), divided
  • 3 tablespoons Frangelico (or any hazelnut liqueur)
  • Cocoa powder, to serve
Instructions
  1. Mix together milk, coffee, 2 tablespoons Kahlua and 4 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Add the crushed lady fingers to soak.
  2. Beat together egg yolks and remaining tablespoon of sugar. Add the mascarpone cheese, remaining Kahlua and Frangelico.
  3. With a hand or stand mixer, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gently fold into the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Spoon half of the soaked lady fingers between 8 ramekins, then top with a layer of the mascarpone mixture. Add a second layer of the soaked lady fingers and top with more mascarpone mixture Smooth tops. Cover each with a dusting of cocoa powder. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Yield: 8 servings
Total time: 3½ hours including chilling time

Comments

  1. I love desserts in individual servings! this looks like such an elegant treat!

  2. The parfaits sound great and look very pretty! Happy Thanksgiving Liz-enjoy:@)

  3. I love The Chew, too! (This week’s #SundaySupper recipe is adapted from the show.) I missed the Tiramisu competition and am very grateful to have the winning recipe =) It does look delish, Liz!

  4. I love the Chew… it’s so fun. These little parfaits are fun too. :) Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  5. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous. I';; have to make these for my Bunco group!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous. I’ll have to make these for my Bunco group!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  7. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous with all of the layers.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. Hey now…you got my attention! These look delicious!

  9. I love tiramisu ! The last time I’ve made this was last year and such a disappointment :P Maybe will try your recipe ;)

  10. Give me a good tiramisu anytime. These are gorgeous, Liz, perfect for the coming festivities!

  11. I love individualized desserts! So fun and tasty!

  12. Tiramisu is my most favorite dessert! I’ll have to try this version.

  13. What a great idea to put them in “to go” cups! These look so delicious. I often wonder how The Skinny Chick stays so skinny – she has will power – that’s how???

  14. A really good tiramisu is one of those desserts I cannot resist. Love this recipe and the individual format.

  15. This is one of my favorites desserts but I have never made it myself. The holidays would be a great time to try it out and serve to others so I don’t end up eating it all.

  16. I watched that episode, actually I watch every episode of The Chew. It is my favorite show. I love individual desserts like this, yours look fabulous!!

  17. Pasteurized eggs are good stuff – we use them all the time. The risk of getting a bad egg is small, but it exists. Anyway, love the idea of these! Making individual parfaits is a wonderful idea. Thanks.

  18. Oh, I saw that episode too and yours look fantastic! I love how pretty the layers look and individual desserts are so fun :) Happy thanksgiving to you and your family Liz!

  19. That’s what I call a fun dessert!

  20. Gorgeous parfaits my friend, tiramisu is one of the best desserts :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  21. these are GORGEOUS & Devourable! xxx

    have a lovely Thanksgiving, Liz.

  22. Lizzy, from one Lizzy to another, when you are creating exquisite dessert indulgences like this, how on earth do you stay skinny, my friend!?

  23. Lizzy,
    I love tiramisu and these look delicious! The individual servings help with portion control or you could just eat another one or two. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Annamaria

  24. I would gladly take any leftover off your hands.

  25. I agree with you that individual tiramisu are the prettiest way of serving tiramisu…it is alway hard to make a nice presentation when serving from a large bowl.

  26. OH! I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for those eggs! And these parfaits look so good! Thank you for sharing! I hope you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

  27. I Love tiramisu! I really love tiramisu! Yes, I really do love it! Have A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. These look so pretty and I love your glassware. Lucky Tom! I you and your family have a very special Thanksgiving xx

  29. Hahahaha, “individual” portions.

    Implying I won’t eat them all myself like a fatty.

  30. Arrhhhhh…..Lizzy, these individual Tiramisu parfaits are gorgeous! Easier to serve too :)

  31. I too enjoy desserts in individual servings…so much easier for the portion control. These look marvelous.

  32. This is a favorite dessert of mine and I like that I don’t have to guess when I’ve had enough :)

  33. I love individual desserts and I love tiramisu! Thanks for this wonderful recipe Liz. Happy Thanksgiving.

  34. Oh yum! Tiramisu is an amazing dessert, I could never leave one to linger in the fridge my will power is just not that strong. These look lovely I can’t wait to try them :)

  35. I love single serve desserts and these little tiramisu look fantastic! I’m grabbing my spoon and I’m ready to dig in. Yum!

  36. Tiramisu used to be my favourite dessert but I’ve found in the past few years that there are very few people who make it well. Yours looks absolutely divine, Liz. Great twist with the addition of Kahlua and frangelico (the more booze the better, in my opinion!).

  37. I love individual desserts, your parfaits are so pretty!

  38. To have a mother who makes this dessert for you! How convenient! Or we can be neighbours, and, as it happens a lot of times, I can eat Bill’s serving… This is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever, and you had to go and add Kahlua to it! Stunning Liz!

  39. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these little parfaits! I’ve got to make these!!! Thanks!

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