CHUCK CINELLI / COCO'S ITALIAN MARKET
8 lady fingers
8 oz mascarpone cheese
Instant coffee to taste
1 cup half and half or whipping cream
7 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cooking wine, Kahlua or coffee liquor
Coffee Bean or
Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean
Bowl Scraper or Spatula
Cups for Serving
Scoop out the mascarpone cheese in a large bowl and let it set out to get soft, leave for later use.
Mix 1/8 cup of water in a shallow bowl with instant coffee, add enough coffee to make a thick syrup to the consistency of maple syrup.
In a mixing bowl whip a cup of half and half or heavy cream with 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of cooking wine, the coffee syrup and beat till light and foamy. Now add to the first bowl of Mascarpone and fold over with a spatula till thoroughly mixed together. Place in the refrigerator till later use.
Now make more instant coffee this time a bit wetter with a 1/4 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Dip 8 lady fingers in the coffee and very quickly roll in the coffee on all 4 sides. Keep the lady fingers crunchy and place two in each serving cup of your choice.
NOW add your chilled Mascarpone mix evenly into fourths in your cups and over the lady fingers.
Garnish by grating a chocolate bar over the top and a dash of cocoa powder. Top with a coffee bean or piece of chocolate or chocolate covered espresso bean.
This Tiramisu recipe is intended for the person who wants to whip this up without a lot of effort or purchasing too many particular or hard to find ingredients, only one trip to the grocery for the lady fingers and mascarpone cheese and no special coffee making equipment or mixers. The rest of the ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard.