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Irish Cream Tiramisu

Irish Cream Tiramisu by https://2sistersrecipes.com

Irish Cream Tiramisu is a luscious dessert made the same classic way with layers of ladyfinger cookies, dipped in coffee, then covered with layers of cream made with eggs, sugar, mascarpone cheese, and liqueur. A no bake dessert, only this version I modified the ingredients a bit, and gave it an “Irish” spin to it, adding in some Irish cream as the liqueur and named it Irish Cream Tiramisu!

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 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 made it many times over the years.  Of course, it was Tiramisu!

 

Tiramisu is a NO-BAKE dessert!  And it literally means “pick me up” in Italian because it’s made with coffee.  It’s super easy to make and can be made ahead of time.  All you need is a little time to do the steps.

A COOK’S TIPS:

  • Before starting to making this Irish Cream Tiramisu, always make sure you have enough lady fingers for the baking dish you use.

  • 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.

For this 8 x 12 tupperware container (or you can use a baking dish) I realized I needed more than one package (each package contains 24 cookies) to complete the layers.

To change things up a bit,  I also mixed the Irish Cream liqueur into the cream mixture rather than in the coffee, because sometimes the liqueur can be over powering; and therefore, ruining the dessert.

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!

Irish Cream Tiramisu turned out surprising fantastic!  It was a huge hit, and everyone raved about it.

Eileen even went to the trouble of printing everyone a menu and placed it on each plate.  And as always, her food, wine, and her wonderful hosting  to everyone invited – was unsurpassed!!

Eileen’s lasagna con funghi with béchamel sauce was my favorite!!  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!

Enjoy!!

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. 

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 + 1/4 tsp. sugar – divided
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or bar
  • 8 x 12 rectangular dish

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

In the meantime, add 1 cup of water to a small pot and heat on stove-top, bringing water to a low simmer.

1. Using an electric hand mixer, beat egg yolks for about 1 minute.
Add 4 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks and beat for about 1 minute.
Place the bowl over the small pot with water simmering.
Turn off the heat.  Beat egg yolks until they double in volume, about 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Remove the bowl with yolks from stove.
Add mascarpone cheese and beat until well incorporated.
Slowing pour in some of the Irish Cream liqueur and beat on low speed.
Continue beating until all the Irish Cream is poured in and blended. Set aside.

3. Rinse the electric beaters and pat dry.
In the bowl with egg whites, beat egg whites on high speed for about 2 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, continue until well incorporated.
Creamy mixture should be light and airy.

5. Use a 8 x 12 rectangular dish.
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.  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 fit them 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, cover evenly.

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

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

 

Irish Cream Tiramisu
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 to 10
 
This is a classic no bake dessert, only this version I modified the ingredients a bit, and gave it an "Irish" spin to it, adding in some Irish cream as the liqueur and named it Irish Cream Tiramisu!
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs -separated
  • 12 ounces brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 8 ounce mascarpone cheese
  • 28 to 30 ladyfinger cookies (2 packages)
  • 4 + 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. 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. Traditionally, this is made with espresso coffee, but you can use any strong brewed coffee.
  2. In the meantime, add 1 cup of water to a small pot and heat on stove-top, bringing water to a low simmer.
  3. Using an electric hand mixer, beat egg yolks for about 1 minute. Add 4 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks and beat for about 1 minute. Place the bowl over the small pot with water simmering.
  4. Turn off the heat. Beat egg yolks until they double in volume, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Remove the bowl with yolks from stove. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until well incorporated.
  6. Slowing pour in some of the Irish Cream liqueur and beat on low speed. Continue beating until all the Irish Cream is poured in and blended. Set aside.
  7. Rinse the electric beaters and pat dry. In the bowl with egg whites, beat egg whites on high speed for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in ¼ teaspoon of sugar while beating. And continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  8. 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.
  9. Use a 8 x 12 rectangular dish.
  10. 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. Lay each cookie into the dish, side by side.
  11. Continue until you have covered the bottom of the dish. You may need to break some cookies to fit them and that's ok.
  12. 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, cover evenly.
  13. Continue to dip the cookies into the coffee and layer them on top, making the second layer of the cookies. Spread evenly on top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with grating dark chocolate on top again, cover evenly.
  14. Cover dish with clear wrap or foil wrap. Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving, overnight is best. Divide and cut into 8 pieces and serve.
  15. 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 !!

  • Reply
    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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