Into the bottom of wine glasses, mascarpone sweetened with sugar and made richer with eggs is dropped by tablespoonfuls and topped with lady fingers broken into pieces and soaked in espresso. Another layer of mascarpone goes on top of the biscuits and the tiramisu in wine glasses are garnished with grated chocolate. It’s divine. Originally published in November 2008, I republished this party-style tiramisu recipe in May 2013 in time for Mother’s Day. Well, this time, it’s for Valentine’s Day.
There’s a reason why there are four glasses instead of two. Part of that reason is because I’m not a fan of the commercialized version of Valentine’s Day anyway. A couple of weeks ago, in the car on the way to somewhere, Speedy and I were talking about a restaurant that sounded good but didn’t think the girls would be interested in. So, I suggested that we go—just him and me.
Sam, from the backseat, exclaimed, “And us?”
I explained it was a “couple” thing. And she replied, in a tone like why did she even have to explain, that when a couple have children, the children are included in all plans. Very funny.
And then, it happened again tonight. Speedy and I were watching Episode 1 of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix and we were loving his excursion to Chiang Mai. Speedy has been to Bangkok and I’ve been to Phuket but neither of us has visited Chiang Mai. Amid my travel plans this year with girlfriends, I turned to him and said we should reserve the Chiang Mai trip for just him and me. Alex, who was in the kitchen, and in what must have been a millisecond after I said that, objected.
“Excuse me?” she said.
Speedy and I burst out laughing. First, at the speed with which she voiced her objection. And, second, because, yeah right, we’re a family of four and all occasions are family occasions—including Valentine’s Day. According to our daughters.
Well, insofar as Valentine’s Day goes, they’re right. It’s a day associated with love and since I am so aghast at overpriced roses and dinners that are associated with its celebration, Valentine’s Day makes more sense to us if celebrated with our loved ones. Family.
So, dearest Sam and Alex, here is the recipe for tiramisu in wine glasses. One of you, or the two of you together, ought to make this for our family’s Valentine’s Day dinner.
- 225 grams mascarpone
- 1 cup whipping cream chilled
- 2 eggs separated
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 12 lady fingers broken into small pieces
- 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee
- shaved or grated chocolate preferably dark chocolate
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks.
In another bowl, beat the mascarpone. Stir in the egg yolks until blended.
In a mixing bowl, beat the egg white until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, little by little, and continue beating until stiff.
In another bowl, beat the chilled cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the egg whites.
Fold the cream-egg white mixture into the mascarpone mixture, taking care not to overmix and break the air bubbles in the beaten egg whites and cream. These bubbles, invisible to the naked eye, are responsible for making the tiramisu as light as a cloud.
Spread the pieces of lady fingers in a plate large enough to hold them in a single layer. Sprinkle the espresso over them.
Place two heaping tablespoonfuls of the cheese-cream mixture into wine glasses. Cover with the coffee-soaked lady fingers. Top with two more tablespoonfuls of the cheese-cream mixture then sprinkle with grated or shaved chocolate.
Chill for an hour before serving.
You can keep the tiramisu in wineglasses in the fridge for up to six hours. For best results, place the wine glasses in a covered container so that the cream mixture does not absorb any of the smells of the other food in the fridge.
If you can't find mascarpone, use cream cheese softened to room temperature.
You can use any clear glass, really, but stemmed glasses add so much more panache to the presentation. I usually don’t bother with presentation but, for a party, why not?:)