A Sensible Thanksgiving Tiramisu

Way-yull (‘well’),

Oh Boy! After missing the past 4 family Thanksgivings I finally got to head to Birmingham to enjoy some mad tasty fried turkey and dressing. The food wasn’t the only thing to be excited about- the making of the food was bound to be totally entertaining, too.

Mom (Mama Wynn) usually contributes a dessert to the festivities and it’s always somethin’…non-traditional. There’s been chocolate ganache cake (crazy tasty but different), some lemon lady finger thingie with raspberry coulis (crazy tasty but different) and a whole bunch of other ‘tasty-but-different’ stuff. This year she decided to bust out the old trusty ‘Barefoot Contessa’ cookbook and get all Italian on us: she decided to make a tiramisu.

You: ‘But Laura…y’all are FAR from Italian. Where’s the pumpkin pie? Apple pie? How can you be so unAmerican on Thanksgiving?’
Me: ‘Easily. Now hush up and eat.’

Here’s the recipe:

6 extra large egg yolks, at room temp
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark rum (but we used Kahlua…ommmmmmmmmmnomnom), Divided
1 1/2 cups brewed espresso, Divided
16-17 oz mascarpone cheese
about 30 ladyfingers (any kind will do but Mom got the ‘naaaaahce’ (nice) ones)
a bar of dark chocolate (to shave on top before serving)

-put half the kahlua and espresso in a bowl and set aside
-put the other half in…somethin else and set aside

-in a mixer, combine the egg yolks and sugar. Beat on high for about 5 mins.
-when the mixture is thick and pale yellow, lower the speed on the mixer and add half the espresso and kahlua (or rum)
-add the mascarpone
-turn off mixer and scrape down sides of the bowl

-dip ladyfingers individually in dish of espresso and kahlua and place in a 9′x13′x2′ dish til the bottom is covered
-cover that layer with 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture
-repeat the ladyfinger dip-age layer then top with remaining mascarpone
-cover and refrigerate overnight

-before serving shave the dark chocolate over the top and VOILA!

-this is foolproof just…ya know…follow the recipe.

Copy and paste the link below for a little video of the silliness that happens with Mom in the kitchen and the silliness that happens at our family’s Thanksgiving. ENJOY!