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Tiramisu With Homemade Ladyfingers

A decadent dessert made with coffee and rum soaked Ladyfingers, layered with custard and whipped cream. Try to make this dessert two days in advance for optimal flavor but no less than one day ahead.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Good Dinner Mom


  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons rum or 2 teaspoons rum extract, You can also substitute Irish Cream, such as Bailey's in place of the rum.
  • 12 homemade Ladyfingers, or 2- 3 oz. pkgs. purchased Ladyfingers
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  • Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Place ladyfingers on a plate and drizzle coffee mixture over until ladyfingers soak up all the coffee.
  • Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 8x8-inch or comparable size pan (breaking some in half if necessary to cover entire bottom). Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers one more time.
  • Cover and refrigerate 24 to 48 hours.
  • Just before cutting to serve, sprinkle top with cocoa powder.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 0.7mg