I took an amazing Italian Cooking class a few years back and this dessert has definitely emerged as a favorite. I had misplaced the recipe and the gal who taught the class was kind enough to share it with me again. Be sure to check out her site, Anne's Italy, and book a class with her on the wonders of Umbrian Cooking if she's in your area!
TIRAMISU (“pick me up”)
(makes enough for 20 people)
20 oz. Ricotta
1 lb. Marscapone
1/3 c. of sugar or to taste
Yolks from 10 eggs
One large chocolate bar, chopped into some fine & some chunky pieces
Brewed espresso coffee
large box of Original Grahams (or similar vanilla cookie) – preferred cookie……. OR
3 boxes of lady fingers
DIRECTIONS: Mix first 3 ingredients together. Blend egg yolks and add to cream mixture. Combine chocolate and coconut reserving some chocolate for the top layer. Dip cookies into coffee mixture until soft, but before they fall apart. (You may also use coffee with some milk, if preferred.) Cover bottom of a pan thoroughly with soaked cookies. Add a layer of the cream mixture and some of the chocolate/coconut mixture. Repeat layering until all cookies are used. Top with chocolate as the final layer. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours or in freezer for 20 minutes.