Dessert Recipes

Tiramisu for One Recipe


The inspiration for this recipe comes from my mom. Since I can remember, her favorite dessert has been Tiramisu. Something about the combination of creamy mascarpone cheese, rich espresso, crunchy ladyfingers, and bitter chocolate appealed to her. Heck, it’s tempting to all of us. As my mom gets older, she tends to eat smaller portions and leaves less room for dessert at the end of the meal. This results in my dad, who is still a huge sweet-tooth, and I splitting something chocolate-related and my mom sitting across the table wishing for Tiramisu.

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, this one’s for you, Mom.

Tiramisu for One

1 cup brewed or instant coffee
1 tsp amaretto
10 ladyfingers, cut in half
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 egg yolk
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate shavings

Blend together egg yolk, sugar, and mascarpone cheese until creamy and smooth.
Mascarpone cheese and egg yolk

Take brewed coffee and  amaretto and soak ladyfingers. When softened, cut them in half horizontally so they will fit in your teacup/coffee mug.
Ladyfingers and coffee

Take 2 tbsp of mascarpone filling and layer onto bottom of the cup so that the ladyfingers will barely peek over the edge of the cup. Place cut ladyfingers around the edges. Add cocoa powder or chocolate shavings and keep making layers until you reach the top. Finish with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
Tiramisu in a cup

This is a great last-minute dessert to whip up when you’re on your own, or with friends and family. You can also vary the amount of cheese and chocolate to your liking.

What’s your favorite single-serving dessert?

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