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Irish Cream Tiramisu

Irish Cream Tiramisu by 2sistersrecipes.com

Irish Cream Tiramisu is a creamy dessert made with layers of ladyfinger cookies, dipped in coffee, then covered with layers of luscious cream, dusted with cocoa and chilled before serving.  A favorite Italian No-Bake dessert, with an “Irish” spin to it!  We’ll show you how to make this easy dessert with our step-by-step tutorial.

Over the weekend, my husband and I were invited to our friends dinner party and I was asked to bring the dessert.  It was an “Italian themed” dinner.

Our friend Eileen, the hostess is half Italian and half Irish, so I wanted to make a dessert that was Italian with a bit of Irish to it as a surprise for her, and especially because St. Patrick’s Day is next week.

I knew immediately what dessert I would make that everyone would love, since I have made it many times over the years… of course, it was going to be Tiramisu!

 

 

 

Tiramisu is a NO-BAKE dessert!  And it literally means “pick me up” in Italian because it’s made with espresso coffee.

This is our favorite Italian No-Bake dessert, with an “Irish” spin to it!  Adding in some Irish cream as the liqueur and giving it a cute title…. the Irish Cream Tiramisu!

Best part?  It can be made ahead of time.  All you need is a little time to do the steps.  If you have never made this dessert before, then you are in for a real treat!  Below is our step-by-step tutorial for you to easily follow!

ENJOY!!

 

 

 

First, a few COOK’S Notes and TIPS:

  • Before starting to making this Irish Cream Tiramisu, always make sure you have enough lady fingers for the baking dish you use.  Any size baking dish will work, depending how many people you will need to serve.

  • To do this, simply place the first layer of cookies inside to fit the dish you are planning to use, making sure you will have enough ladyfingers to make at least 2 layers needed.

  • Traditionally, this is made with espresso coffee, but you can use any strong brewed coffee.

  • I prefer grating dark chocolate on top of tiramisu, but traditionally this dessert is covered with cocoa powder.  Either one is fine.

 

 

For this 8 x 12 tupperware container (or you can use a Pyrex baking dish) I realized I needed more than one package (each package contains 24 cookies) to complete the layers.  And luckily, I had two packages of these lady finger cookies.

To change things up a bit,  I also blended some of the liqueur into the cream mixture and into the coffee.

Luscious, light cream with a hint of coffee and Irish cream flavors blending in with a soft cake-like texture as the filling, making this version tiramisu even better!

 

Eileen even went to the trouble of printing everyone a menu and placed it on each plate.  It was a wonderful touch!

 

Irish Cream Tiramisu turned out surprising fantastic at the dinner party.  It was a huge hit, and everyone raved about it.

 And as always, Eileen’s food, wine, and her wonderful hosting, to everyone invited – was unsurpassed!!

  Thank you Eileen and Eddie for the superb dinner party!

And finally, to all our Irish and Italian family and friends, we want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day next week!

 

 

 

Irish Cream Tiramisu by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

*You can follow along below with our step-by-step directions for this recipe, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card. 

 

 

Ingredients Needed for Irish Cream Tiramisu:

  • 4 eggs -separated

  • 12 ounces brewed espresso or strong coffee

  • 8 ounce mascarpone cheese

  • 28 to 30 ladyfinger cookies (2 packages)

  • 4  Tbsp. + 1/4 tsp. sugar – divided

  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) Irish Cream Liqueur – divided

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or bar (to grate for topping)

  • 8 x 12 rectangular dish

 

First,  grab 2 mixing bowls. Begin by separating each egg, placing egg whites in one bowl, and egg yolks in the other.   Then pour the warm coffee into a smaller bowl, set it aside for cooling.  Pour 2 ounces (or 2 tablespoons) of liqueur into the coffee.

1.  Using an electric hand mixer, beat egg yolks for about 2 minutes.   Add 4 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks and beat for 5 to 6 minutes more, until the egg mixture doubles in volume and becomes  a very pale yellow color.

 

 

2.  Beat mascarpone cheese and beat until well incorporated.   Then add in the remaining Irish cream liqueur,  and beat on low speed.  Continue beating until well blended.  Set aside.

3. Rinse the electric beaters and pat dry.   In bowl with egg whites, beat egg whites on high speed for about 2 to 4 minutes.   Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of sugar while beating.  And continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

4. Using a spatula, gently fold egg whites into the cheese mixture.   Folding in thirds at a time.  Taking your time,  and continue until the cream is well incorporated.  Cream mixture should be light and airy.

 

 

5.   Use a 8 x 12 rectangular dish.   Take each cookie, one by one, and dip into the coffee, quickly flip over while in the coffee to dip the other side, but not to soak it.  Lay each cookie into the dish, side by side.   Continue until you have covered the bottom of the dish.  You may need to break some cookies to make them fit evenly, and that’s OK.

 

 

 

6.   Take half of the cream mixture and layer on top of the cookies, spread evenly.  Using a cheese grater, and grate some dark chocolate over the cream, covering the entire surface evenly.  Or you can dust with cocoa powder if you prefer.

 

 

7.   Continue to dip the cookies into the coffee and layer them on top, creating a second layer of the cookies.  Spread evenly on top with the remaining cream mixture.  Finish with grating dark chocolate on top again, and cover the entire surface again.

 

 

8.   Cover dish with clear wrap or foil wrap.  Refrigerate at least 3 to 6 hours before serving, or overnight is best.  Divide and cut into 8 pieces and serve.  Serves 8

 

Irish Cream Tiramisu
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8 to 10
 
This is our favorite classic Italian No-Bake dessert, with an "Irish" spin to it! Adding in some Irish cream as the liqueur and naming it the Irish Cream Tiramisu!
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs -separated
  • 12 ounces brewed espresso or strong coffee, cooled
  • 8 ounce mascarpone cheese
  • 28 to 30 ladyfinger cookies (2 packages)
  • 4 Tbsp. + ¼ tsp. sugar - divided
  • ⅓ cup (3 ounces) Irish Cream Liqueur
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips or bar
  • 8 x 12 rectangular dish
Instructions
  1. First, grab 2 mixing bowls. Begin by separating each egg, placing egg whites in one bowl, and egg yolks in the other. Pour the warm coffee into a smaller bowl and set it aside for cooling. Then pour 2 ounces of liqueur into the coffee.
  2. In the meantime, using an electric hand mixer, beat egg yolks for about 1 minute. Then add 4 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks and beat for about 4 to 6 minute, until the cream doubles in volume and turns to a pale yellow color.
  3. Next, beat in the mascarpone cheese and beat until well incorporated. Pour in the remaining Irish Cream liqueur and beat on low speed. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the electric beaters and pat dry. Place them back onto your mixer.
  5. In the bowl with egg whites, beat egg whites on high speed for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of sugar while beating. And continue to beat until stiff peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes more.
  6. Using a spatula, gently fold egg whites into the cheese mixture. Folding in thirds at a time. Taking your time, continue until well incorporated. Creamy mixture should be light and airy.
Assembling and Dipping:
  1. Use a 8 x 12 rectangular dish.
  2. Take each cookie and dip into the coffee, quickly flip over while in the coffee to dip the other side, but not to soak it. Then lay each cookie into the dish, side by side.
  3. Continue until you have covered the bottom of the dish. You may need to break some cookies to fit them; and that's OK.
  4. Take half of the cream mixture and layer on top of the cookies, spreading evenly. Using a cheese grater, and grate some dark chocolate over the cream, cover the entire surface evenly.
  5. Set the second the layer of cookies on top of the cream. Continue to dip the cookies into the coffee and lay them side by side on top.
  6. Spread with the remaining cream mixture on top evenly. Finish with grating dark chocolate on top again, cover once again evenly.
  7. Cover dish with clear wrap or foil wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 to 6 hours before serving, or overnight is best. Divide and cut into 8 pieces and serve.
  8. Serves 8

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    You have all the fun! What a wonderful dinner party and a very smart choice for dessert. I adore Irish Cream and Tiramisu so this is a no brainer for me! Bravo!!! and happy St. Patrick's Day to you both 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 12, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Thanks Tricia! You too have a wonderful holiday!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea for your half Italian, half Irish friend! I think that the Irish liqueur would taste wonderful in this classic Italian recipe. Mmmmm, I love mushroom lasagna. It's a favorite for special occasions here.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 18, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Thank you Sue ! So glad you like this recipe. This is our new favorite flavor tiramisu by far!

  • Reply
    Brooks
    March 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Hello ladies, this dessert speaks to me. Loudly. I adore Irish Cream as much as I do Tiramisu. No wonder your thoughtful dish was a hit at the party. In fact, the entire menu sounds like a meal I'd thoroughly enjoy. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you & yours, and thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 18, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Thank you Brooks for the lovely comment !!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    March 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    How ingenious of you to use Irish liquor in this classic Italian 'pick-me-up' treat (tiramisu)! I am imagining in my mind just how mouthwatering this recipe is! I hope that both of you have a happy and delicious St. Patrick's Day!!!!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 18, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Thank you Roz! Hope it was a great day for you too !!
      Xxoo

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