Photography by John Liviero
It’s in Anita Imperioli’s nature to find ways to make things better, whether it be helping local people deal with cancer or improving the tiramisu enjoyed by her family for generations. The president of In Honour of the Ones We Love, a fundraising organization that supports cancer patient care in Windsor-Essex, whips up her tiramisu to celebrate Christmas, Easter, family birthdays and coffee nights with friends. “Everybody loves it,” she says. Anita encourages people to be creative with her simple, signature dessert that even rookies in the kitchen can make.
• 6egg yolks
• 1 ¼ cups white sugar
• 1 ¼ cups mascarpone cheese
• 13/4 cups heavy whipping cream
• 2 ( 12 ounce) packages Savoiardi ladyfingers
• 1/3 cup coffee flavored liqueur or strong coffee
• Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
• 1 (1ounce) square semisweet chocolate
• Chocolate kisses for decorating
Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a 10 inch spring form pan. Also can be made in a trifle bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers.
Repeat ladyfingers, coffee and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls. Refrigerate overnight.