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Fabio Viviani's Tiramisu Della Mia Nonna

'Top Chef' Fan Favorite Fabio Shares His Grandmother's Tiramisu Recipe
skill level
Over 8
Fabio shares a dish that has been handed down in his family. Recipe courtesy Fabio Viviani.
  • 5 lbs. mascarpone cheese12 egg yolks11 oz. sugar1 quart heavy cream4 cups espresso or very strong coffee
  • cooled3 packages of lady fingersCocoa powder
  • shaved chocolate
  • or chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    1 quart heavy cream
    5.5 oz. sugar 
    In a large bowl, whisk the cream and half of the sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside. 
  • 2
    12 egg yolks
    5.5 oz. sugar 
    In another large bowl, whisk egg yolks and the rest of the sugar until light in color. 
  • 3
    5 lbs. mascarpone cheese
    Spoon in the mascarpone and mix thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl often. 
  • 4
    Finally, fold in the whipped cream and gently mix together until just combined. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours (mixture will thicken while refrigerated). 
  • 5
    4 cups espresso or very strong coffee, cooled
    3 packages of lady fingers 
    To assemble, soak lady fingers in a pie-plate of cooled espresso and place on a dessert plate, then layer with mascarpone mixture. Top with more espresso-soaked lady fingers, and mascarpone mixture. Alternate until you have three layers on each plate. 
  • 6
    Cocoa powder, shaved chocolate, or chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
    Top with a sprinkling of cocoa powder, shaved chocolate, or chocolate chips, if desired.

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