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Tiramisu (on a Low $ Budget)

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I have found that homemade Tiramisu is a big crowd pleaser for holiday parties where everyone brings something, it's fancy and decadent...but it is very expensive to make because of the store bought cookies and the marscapone cheese. I edited a recipe a few years ago to suit my budget and found that everyone loved it and it tasted just like the real thing. It might take a little longer to prepare, but for me that's part of the fun, plus I usually already have most of the ingredients in my pantry, only need to purchase a few of the dairy items. :o)


Serves: 0

For the Cake

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted, or use cooking spray)
  • 10 large eggs (save 8 whites in a separate bowl)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅕ teaspoon salt
  • ⅕ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • mascarpone cream
  • ⅘ pint heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 12 ounces mascarpone cheese (for a substitute mix 6 oz whipped cream cheese with 6 oz ricotta, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of honey)

For the Coffee Syrup

  • 1½ cups espresso coffee (or dark French roast - brewed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 4 tablespoons kahlua (use extracts if you don't want alcohol)

For the Garnish

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Tiramisu (on a Low $ Budget) is a community recipe submitted by kansley and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

Make your self a millionaire's coffee with the espresso, cream, Kahlúa, and rum. Get to work on creating your dessert. Tomorrow your Tiramisu will be the talk of the party!


  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line 2 - 11x17 baking sheets w/ wax paper and brush w/ melted butter or spray. (If you don't have 11 X 17 pans use 3 - smaller pans)
  • In a double boiler pan, in top pan combine egg yolks & 1 C sugar, place pan over boiling water reduce to a slow boil, whisk mixture until it's pale in colour & doubled in volume, over the boiling water the entire time, about 8 to 10 min.
  • Add the flour to bowl & mix in quickly, add vanilla, set bowl aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl beat egg whites until foamy, gradually beat in 1/2 C sugar remaining, then beat in salt & cream of tarter, continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form.
  • Fold this mixture into yolk mixture using rubber spatula.
  • Spread batter onto prepared pans. (If you don't have 11 X 17 pans use 3 - smaller pans)
  • Bake 8 to 10 mins, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool.

  • In a large bowl: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  • In double boiler w/ water at a low boil, in top pan whisk egg yolks w/ sugar until pale in colour and thick, 4 to 5 min.
  • Add cheese and continue to whisk until mixture is pretty smooth. Let cool, then fold this mixture into whipped cream using spatula.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.

  • Over low heat, in a small pan combine coffee & sugar until sugar dissolves, let cool to room temp & add rum and Kahlúa.

  • If using the 2 large pans, cut each sheet cake in half, this will give you 4 layers. If using smaller pans you will have 3 layers.
  • Peel one layer of cake off of paper and set into bottom of serving pan or deep serving dish, pour over 1/4 (or 1/3 according to # of layers) of coffee syrup onto cake- drizzle over entire cake so the syrup soaks in evenly.
  • Spread on 1/4 (or 1/3 according to # of layers) of cheese mixture, place next layer of cake on top, repeat w/ coffee syrup & cheese mixture for each layer just like the original layer, until all layers are done.
  • Dust top layer evenly w/ cocoa powder, it's easiest to do this using a sifter or small wire mesh strainer basket. Refrigerate uncovered at least 6 to 8 hours.
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