1 container mascarpone cheese (500 gr.),
1 pack of 48 pc. savoiardi biscotti (lady fingers),
3 egg whites, carefully separated,
1 cup white sugar,
200 ml. whipping cream or creme fraiche,
1 package vanilla essence or 2 tbsp. vanilla extract,
350 ml. espresso coffee,
2 shots coffee-flavored liquor (or some good whiskey),
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (helps to beat the egg whites to stiff peaks faster, but you can ignore it),
1 small milk chocolate (about 50 gr.)
Recipe: Brew the espresso coffee and let it cool down. When it is at room temperature, mix it with the liquor and vanilla, and pout it in a shallow container. In a mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and the whipping cream, and mix it with a hand mixer into a smooth cream, about 2 minutes. Place the egg whites in a separate bowl and start beating, while adding the rest of the sugar and the lemon juice. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Before you start beating, make sure that the mixer and the bowl are completely clean, otherwise you may not be able to beat the whites to stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites slowly into the mascarpone mixture. Spread some of the mixture on the bottom and the sides of a 12-inch cake form with a removable ring.
Cut 10 savoiardi biscotti to half, dip them briefly (for 2 seconds) in the coffee, and arrange them standing on the inside of the cake ring. For the bottom use whole biscotti, dip them in the coffee mixture and arrange them horizontally. Cut some of the biscotti to size, if necessary. Cover with 1/3 of the mascarpone mix. Repeat 2 more times. The inside of the tiramisu should have 3 layers of biscotti. Top the tiramisu with the remaining mascarpone cream. Grate the chocolate over the tiramisu. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 5 hours before serving.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.