Friday, October 11, 2013

My Family Recipe Rocks: Learn How to Make Tiramisu

The post is brought to you by World Market.
My family is Italian so of course when I was given a chance to talk about Italian food and craft a recipe for World Market as part of their Gourmet Getaway promotion, I chose my mom's favorite dessert: Tiramisu.

I know a lot of people get intimidated by this fancy looking dessert but the truth is that it's not hard to make! The big thing you need to keep in mind is that the quality of your finished tiramisu will be related directly to the quality of the ingredients you start with. Which is why I was really happy to see that most of the high quality dry ingredients I used to make this tiramisu are available at World Market. I was impressed with the quality and the tiramisu turned out great as a result.

While I think my mom would still love this dessert, I did put my own twist on it by using World Market's vanilla bean coffee. I also used amaretto instead of the traditional dark rum and I like the smoother flavor that it gave the dish.


*Available at World Market 


6 individual trifle bowls (which, of course, I got at World Market). 
Double the recipe to make a large trifle bowl to serve a crowd.


1) Whisk the egg yolks and  the sugar together with an electric mixer at high speed for about 5 minutes. Don't short yourself the 5 minutes. Set a timer if needed. The mixture will be very thick and light yellow.

2) Lower the speed to medium and add 2 Tbsp of your chosen alcohol, 2 Tbsp coffee and the marscapone. Continue mixing until smooth and well incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.

3) Combine the remaining alcohol and coffee in a small shallow bowl. One at a time, dip the ladyfingers in the coffee for 1 full second before removing and placing as the first layer in the bottom of your trifle bowl. For individual sized trifle bowls, cut the ladyfingers before dipping in espresso in order to fit the bottom of your bowl.

4) Spoon a layer of marscapone mousse on top of the ladyfingers. Add another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and then a final layer of mousse. Cover the trifle bowls and place in the fridge to set for at least two hours. 

5) While the tiramisu is setting, make chocolate curls by partially unwrapping the Divine chocolate bar. Wrap a kitchen towel around the lower half of the bar to protect it from the heat of your hand. Hold the towel wrapped end in one hand and drag a cheese blade over the top of the chocolate bar to peel off curled chocolate shavings (I picked mine up for less than $3 at World Market!). The shavings will be delicate so do not handle them with your hands. Instead, use a spoon to collect them and set them aside until it is time to serve.

6) Immediately before serving, sprinkle a generous helping of chocolate shavings on top of the tiramisu and enjoy!

But wait. There's more!

World Market has recently partnered with (the also Italian), Joey Fatone and his hit show, My Family Recipe Rocks. My Family Recipe Rocks features amazing hometown cooks across America. Joey Fatone and his crew cook up old family recipes, new homegrown dishes and meet the people behind this great food in their own kitchens. To watch My Family Recipe Rocks, tune-in to the Live Well Network Sundays at 8:30p/7:30c. For local listings check livewellnetwork.comDear Joey: Please come to Portland next! I'm ready! 

In addition to cooking with great World Market recipes, Joey and World Market are giving away a dream culinary getaway to Italy. Say what?! Here's Joey to tell you about it:

Enter for a chance to win this foodie dream trip for 2 to Venice, Italy with Cost Plus World Market's Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes! The Grand Prize winner receives airfare, accommodations, cooking classes, tastings, city tours, and a $1,000 World Market gift card. Seriously. Sign me up! Sweepstakes runs through 10/18, enter now.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and My Family Recipe Rocks. I was compensated for my time spent creating this recipe and writing this post for you. Love of Italian food and Cost Plus World Market is my own. See my full sponsored post policy here.


  1. Yum!! My mother in law would love this.

  2. I don't do the coffee thing...but these still look yummy!!! Beautiful!


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