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I was delighted when my friend, Annie, of From the Bookshelf invited me to do a guest blog post…but it’s always a little daunting knowing you have to make something extra special…hoping it both tastes wonderful and photographs well.  I decided this was the perfect time to tackle tiramisu.  On a trip to Vancouver a few summers back, we ended up at a Romano’s Macaroni Grill for the first time.  The star of the show was their decadent tiramisu…which my oldest son, Tom, ordered for dessert.  He shared a few bites…and it was heavenly.  After returning home, I googled this lovely dessert, hoping to make it at home….well, after seeing that it had nearly 1500 calories per serving and no tried and true copy cat version, I gave that idea a rest.  

Since Annie was returning from a fabulous trip to Italy, I thought it only fitting to make something Italian.  And May’s Bon Appetit featured a chocolate tiramisu.  I was hopeful that I could finally get Nick and hubby, Bill, to enjoy this dessert if there was more chocolate involved than a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Chocolate Tiramisu…adapted from Bon Appetit
1 cup strong coffee (or espresso)
1/2 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese, divided
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (I used a scant 1/2 teaspoon)
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream, divided
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, plus more for garnish

48 soft ladyfingers

Stir coffee, Kahlua and sugar in a small bowl till sugar dissolves. Set aside. 

Whisk together 1 cup of the mascarpone, 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla in a small bowl.  Cover and keep chilled.

Put 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl.  Sprinkle with gelatin and let stand till gelatin softens, about 15 minutes.  Set aside.

Mix together egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cream and 1/4 water in a medium metal bowl.  Place bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and whisk continuously till temperature reaches 160º…about 3-4 minutes.  Remove bowl and whisk in gelatin till combined, then return bowl to heat and add the chocolate.  Whisk till smooth and melted.  Remove from heat and set in an ice bath (I partially fill the sink with water and ice cubes).  Let custard cool about 5 minutes.

Whip remaining 3/4 cup cream to firm peaks.  Fold half of cream into chocolate custard till well combined, then fold in remaining whipped cream.

Spread 1/4 cup of mousse in bottom of 8 one cup ramekins or teacups.  Dunk 2-3 ladyfingers in the coffee liquid quickly, and lay on top of mousse.  Cover with more mousse, then another layer of dunked ladyfingers. Spread about 2 tablespoons (or less) mascarpone mixture on top of ladyfinger layer, and garnish with shaved chocolate and cocoa if desired. 


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44 comments on “ChocolateTiramisu~”

  1. Anything ready-made in its own container is aces in my book!

  2. This is a great idea! nice job I wish I was a friend returning from Italy right now!

  3. Some of my favorite flavors combined and the individual servings are adorable. My daughter loves tiramasu and chocolate of course so this is a must try on her recipe!

  4. Lizzy, very interesting proposal for a version of tiramisu!
    Looks amazingly, and I want a cup, please :)!

  5. I am loving this variation of tiramisu. I am loving chocolate more and more these days. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try this sometime. Yummy!

  6. Wow! Great photos and a great recipe. Great job!

  7. I love tiramasu, and my favorite variation is amaretto tiramasu. This chocolate version sounds amazing!

  8. Great job with the guest post! These are adorable, and sound delicious!

  9. Lizzy this looks like heaven to me!! WOW! : )

  10. This is such a fabulous and delightful idea, Lizzy! Bon Appetit is one of my favorite cooking magazines!

    Have a fabulous day~
    Tammy 🙂

  11. Lizzy….Great recipe, nice photo’s and it looks like heaven… 🙂

  12. What a brilliant idea! I love mini desserts.

  13. My husband does not like tiramisu and I crave it. I think I shall have a tiramisu-lover get-together as an excuse to make this. I saw it in Bon Appetit and wondered…. now am wanting it.

  14. I love tiramisu, and this looks incredible! Great recipe Lizzy!

  15. Oh wow! I love tiramisu but have never had chocolate. This looks so darn good. I love that they are individual, somehow it just makes it better when you have your own.

  16. Thanks, everyone!

    Carolyn, that’s the one! My dad taught for a year at UBC and my sister is a UBC grad 🙂

  17. I love tiramisu, and I love your presentation of it! Looks amazing!!

  18. this is wonderfully done looks delicious

  19. Anytime i am at a restaurant and see tiramisu on teh menu, i order it without even looking at the other options…lol. but i haven’t had much luck making it myself. yours turned out perfect just like the ones in the restautants and you photographed it beautifully 🙂

    -Abeer @

  20. As I am sure you know… I am a chocoholic too… hehehe And I love tiramisu (like all Italians I guess), so this sounds perfect to me!!! And it looks so good and creamy. I love the fact that you served it in a cappuccino cup! Very good idea! 🙂

  21. Wonderful looking tiramisu here, very decadent for sure!

  22. Awesome! I bet it tasted just as amazing as it looks too!

  23. Adam lived in Italy for years and is a purist when it comes to culinary things Italian. He might raise and eyebrow at the idea of a Chocolate Tiramisu, but this recipe looks delicious and, I think would convince him pretty thoroughly!

  24. Lizzy we are on the same wavelength. I was just researching this recipe yesterday. I love that you used individual servings… very nice presentation. Okay… I’m going back up to drool some more at your pictures. : )

  25. I love how you served it in individual cups – very cute idea! Looks amazing!

  26. These chocolate tiramisu looks out of this world delicious! You bet, very lovely photography too! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  27. Hi Lizzy,
    Tiramisu is one of my favorites. The chocolate and your coffee cup presentation put this dessert over the top! Great idea and great recipe. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  28. I adore how you assembled this in cups…what a great idea. Beautiful and so tasty…esp since this is a chocolate version.

  29. I am a big fan of tiramisu and I just love your presentation. I think you did an outstanding job for your guest post on both the food and photographs.

  30. Thanks so much, everyone! I wish I could claim brilliance for the serving idea, but it came right out of Bon Appetit 🙂

  31. I love tiramisu and yours look more than divine 😀 The addition of chocolate must be fantastic and your presentation is so beautiful! I wish I had at least two cups of your sweet goodness 😀

  32. Looks amazing – I have never made tiramisu but you have inspired me to try it 🙂

  33. I told myself I better not try making this when I read about the 1500 calories lol! I certainly do not need that! I’ll drool on the keyboard over your lovely photos instead:)

  34. oh this looks wonderful too thanks for sharing this as well 🙂

  35. This is beautiful! I have been wanting to make tiramisu for a long time, and I just haven’t got around to it. I love your chocolate version, so I’ll probably end up making this one when I get the chance!

  36. This looks so decadent! Lovely presentation as well. Visiting from Your Recipe My Kitchen and am a new follower! =)

  37. What a wonderful guest post to do for your friend. That chocolate tiramisu has me drooling! The photos are so great. I’d love for you to share your tiramisu and any of your favorite recipes at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day 🙂

  38. This looks absolutely beautiful — great presentation and it sounds delicious. Fantastic! 🙂

  39. Mmm, now that looks divine. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  40. I did this too. It was phenomenal. Yours looks wonderful.

  41. Thanks so much for coming by to show off your tiramisu. I’m still drooling over it 🙂 Have a fabulous long weekend ! Hope you can come share more recipes again this Wednesday!

  42. Why do the most heavenly foods have to have so many darn calories? Well it’s worth spoiling ourselves now and then. Lizzy your Tiramisu looks perfect and I really want one, please:) Thanks for participating in this month’s YBR 🙂

  43. Saw this on YBR and just love the presentation of the tiramisu in cappuccino cups! I love love love tiramisu; great recipe!

  44. What a great presentation! And thank you for linking up!

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