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Tiramisu a la Leigh
Italian Dessert
1 pkg. lady fingers (a.k.a. savoiardi)
5 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 container mascarpone cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 container Philly cream cheese (8 oz.)
1 cup whipping cream
3 cup freshly made strong coffee
2-3 shots Kahlua
Cocoa powder


Note: I make this a day ahead. I feel that the mixture settles better with a little time.

1. Make the coffee and add shots of Kahlua to taste.

2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar till the mixture is thickened.

3. Mix in the mascarpone cheese and Philly cream cheese.

4. In a medium bowl, whip the cream till stiff peaks form and fold gradually into the cheese mixture.

5. In a Pyrex square baking dish, pour half the coffee and let it cool a little.

6. Lay no more than 2 or 3 lady fingers in the coffee at a time, turning them frequently--you don't want them in there any more than 20 seconds or so (otherwise, they'll fall apart when you try removing them). The idea is to saturate them, though. Using a spatula helps you to remove them without breaking any.

7. Lay the lady fingers in a rectangular Pyrex dish, making your first (bottom) layer.

8. Spread the cheese mixture evenly on top of the first lady finger layer--be generous.

9. Make your next layer of lady fingers.

10. Top the lady fingers with the final layer of the cheese mixture--again, be generous, because the lady fingers will absorb some of the moisture.

11. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top and refrigerate. The mixture will stiffen up overnight for easy cutting the next day!

Preparation Time: 30 min. Serves: 10-12
Recipe Origin: United States
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