The Chicken Chick®: Award Winning Tiramisu Recipe

May 22, 2012

Award Winning Tiramisu Recipe

Notice the difference in color between the filling in this version vs the one I made in 2001, below.

Chicken-keeping has made creating my 'award-winning' tiramisu more enjoyable than ever. The eggs play pivotal roles in the dish, in taste, texture and appearance. There is no comparison to the color, richness or flavor of this dish when using freshly collected eggs vs. store-bought paper weights. (oops, did I say that out loud?)
Now, about that 'award-winning part. Having been invited to my friend Marie's party in 2001, I offered to bring a dessert. It seemed a good opportunity to test-drive the tiramisu recipe I had been perfecting for some time. I was pleased with my presentation, and photographed it for posterity, which was fortunate as it nearly became permanent part of my car's upholstery before I had even left my driveway.
Marie is the youngest of the children in the very large, very Italian, Roccapriore family. Why I believed this was the party at which to test-drive a new tiramisu iteration is beyond me. I was aware of her family's background and passion for cooking, yet disregarded the inherent risks in bringing this particular dessert to her home. Not only was I setting myself up for expert critique, the likelihood that someone else would make tiramisu as well was very high. That someone was Marie's sister. <gulp>
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
2001 version, before the ride to the party. 
Bringing a trifle bowl to an Italian family's home is the equivalent of tossing the gauntlet at their feet and I should have known better. Upon entry to the house, the unspoken Tiramisu Throw-Down was on. Marie was kind enough not to alert me to my social faux pas until a winner had been declared at the end of the night. The judges had eaten, conferred and spoken and Marie's sister actually declared me the Tiramisu Throw Down Champion. Right ON!

It is my pleasure to share my award-winning recipe with you.  Buon appetito!


6 extra large, fresh eggs (preferably from the backyard)
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons sugar, dissolved in ½ cup warm water
1.5 cups cooled Espresso
4 tablespoons Marsala wine
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1 package of Ladyfinger cookies (aka: Savoiardi/Pavesina or Margherite in a pinch)

½ pint whipping cream
Cocoa powder for dusting the top
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Separate the eggs into two bowls, being careful that the whites bowl contains no yolk at all (otherwise they will not whip up properly).
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Gratuitous, stunning yolk shot. :)
Over double boiler on medium heat add 6 egg yolks with ½ cup sugar. It's important that the heat not be too high or the eggs will scramble. & there is no saving it at that point (trust me. been there, done that).
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Beat constantly with an electric mixer or whisk until lightened in color. Mixture increases in volume, takes on a glossy appearance and flows in a ribbon from the beaters when ready. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Whip 6 egg whites with ½ cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside until ready to use.
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Mix the mascarpone cheese into the cooled yolk/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Marsala wine and set aside until ready to use. Whip cream and set aside.
Gently fold egg white/sugar mixture into egg yolk/cheese mixture.
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Fold 3/4 of the whipped cream into the egg/cheese mixture, reserving remaining whipped cream for the top. Congratulations- you now have zabaglione (aka: sabayon, zabaione)!
Award-winning Tiramisu- Zabaglione
Combine the espresso, 2 tablespoons of marsala wine and sugar water in a shallow dish.
Set up a work station, assembly-line style.
In a clear trifle bowl or 13x9x2 inch glass dish, cover the bottom with the zabaglione.
Award-winning Tiramisu
Dip the cookies VERY BRIEFLY into the espresso liquid and arrange side-by-side in dish.
Award-winning Tiramisu
Award-winning Tiramisu
Award-winning Tiramisu recipe
Ladle some of the zabaglione into the center of the trifle bowl,
add more dipped cookies and repeat, ending with  zabablione on top.
Award-winning Tiramisu
Spread or pipe remaining whipped cream on top with a cake decorating bag and large, star tip. Dust with high-quality cocoa powder.
Award-winning Tiramisu
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Best made at least one day before serving. If transporting this dish, employ someone to hold it securely around corners. Makes a phenomenal breakfast! (what? It's mostly eggs!)
Anchors aweigh to my nephew, Dan, who left for basic training in the US Navy two days ago. I suspect the mess hall fare will be significantly less enticing. 
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®


  1. I have never attempted to make homemade tiramisu. It is always a favorite to order when eating out. I've bought them at the store, always expensive & never that great. I just might attempt this. "Makes a phenomenal breakfast"...Umm, YEAH!!! & lunch, & supper, oh & how about late night snack!!!

  2. Bunni Rankey5/22/12, 3:46 PM

    WOW that looks delishious!!

  3. Heck yeah I'm with Shelly! Life's too short eat dessert for breakfast when you can!

    Might just try this when I get money to afford ingredients.

  4. Diane Breen6/10/12, 1:19 AM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! It was truly delizioso...

    Marie's sister,
    Diane ;)

    1. ROFL Diane! That's the story as I remember it (and I'm sticking to it.☺)

      Thanks for stopping by my blog for a walk down memory lane.

  5. Part of the "I'm in it to win it!" challenge:

    I love Tiramisu sooo very much... and will probably make your recipe this week... okay, not probably... definitely!

    Jenn Nashoba

  6. Debi Bolocofsky1/4/13, 10:11 AM

    This looks amazing.

  7. Amazing, this looks simple amazing!!!  Thanks you for sharing a recipe that has taken you so long to perfect; I'm still weary of posting my recipes because I'm stingy that way :) Can't wait for an occasion to try this out.

  8. TheChickenChick1/8/13, 11:44 PM

    Let me know what you think! :)

  9. DianaRambles1/9/13, 10:49 PM

    I want some right now! YUM!!!

  10. TheChickenChick1/11/13, 1:42 AM

    FUN! Thanks so much. I'll see you at the party!

  11. LENETTA CARNES1/15/13, 10:43 PM

     Hi, great post.  I found you through the blog hop. Please stop  by and say hi when you get a chance.  .Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that started. It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Now following you.  Here's the link for it if you would like to check it out. Lenetta

  12. Kathy, your tiramisu is absolutely gorgeous! Love those farm fresh eggs--such pretty, golden yolks. I love to order tiramisu at Italian restaurants but have never braved making it myself. You make it look so easy!

  13. TheChickenChick8/9/13, 9:39 PM

    Thanks Amy. It's not difficult, just a lot of steps. Totally worth the effort though!

  14. I know just where I can get some fresh eggs near me and then I am going to try this is one of my husbands favorites! I have a pretty trifle bowl too! Pinned! Visiting from DIY Sunday Showcase.

  15. TheChickenChick8/10/13, 8:51 PM

    Thank you for stopping by, AnnMarie! Are you a blogger too? If so, I'd love for you to link up with me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! Here is the link to this week's:

  16. I love this! Thank you for sharing, it will be tried!

  17. Oh, my,my,my...this looks amazing. I love Tiramisu and yours is gorgeous...I bet it tastes amazing too. I'd love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop this week. Hope to see you there!

  18. TheChickenChick8/14/13, 11:06 PM

    I've linked up, Nici! Thanks for the invitation!

  19. Yum! Tiramisu is my favorite. This is a very traditional recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. As soon as I saw the picture of your Tiramisu at Throwback Thursday, I had to click it. And I love how you won the showdown. I will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction9/26/13, 10:37 PM

    Stopping by from Throwback Thursday. I love Tiramisu and I have 8 backyard chickens.