Tirami Su

This is a recipe from my Swiss friend Michaela Gruetter. I have prepared it frequently to bring along to a more stylish potluck party, and lots of my friends have asked me for the recipe. I especially like the combination of orange and cocoa powder. Sometimes I experiment with the mascarpone cream, replacing the heavy mascarpone cheese by a mix of light cream cheese and vanilla yogurt or something similar. I go the extra mile to make sure the eggs I use are very fresh.

Ingredients (makes 12 or more servings)

  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 lb mascarpone cheese
  • ½ lemon rind
  • ½ orange rind
  • 1 c. + 1/4c. strong, sweetened coffee (cooled)
  • 2 tbsp. brandy
  • 300g lady fingers
  • cocao for dusting.


Beat the egg whites. Beat egg yolks with sugar until creamy. Add orange and lemon rind, and the mascarpone cheese. Fold in the egg white. Layer half of the lady fingers in a glass dish and soak with half of the coffee (one tablespoon per cookie). Cover with mascarpone cream. Add another layer of ladyfingers with coffee and cream over top. Let sit in the fridge for at least four hours or over night. Before serving dust with cacao powder.


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