Tiramisu translates to pick-me-up. Considering that this popular Italian dessert is spiked with proven mood-elevators such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, and alcohol, the name seems to fit perfectly.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine espresso and butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water.

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  • Place dark chocolate pieces in the espresso mixture; cook without stirring until chocolate starts to melt, about 3 minutes. Whisk chocolate and espresso mixture until well combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Combine Marsala, egg yolks, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until frothy and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Stir mascarpone cheese into marsala mixture.

  • Combine chocolate mixture with mascarpone mixture. Cool to room temperature.

  • Whip heavy cream in a bowl until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Fold half of whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture.

  • Fold second half of whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note

Pipe this mousse into a martini glass and dust with confectioner's sugar for an elegant presentation.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; 4 g protein; 23.4 g carbohydrates; 179.9 mg cholesterol; 33.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
Oh Wow! Really a divine confection! If you are intimidated by this recipe watch the accompanying video. Made a pourable version to top Marty Fries' Tiramisu Cheesecake on this site. SUGGESTIONS/SUBSTITUTIONS: To make this recipe pourable test the temp of the chocolate mixture with a (clean) finger. When it feels neither hot nor cold to the touch fold in the whipped cream - instead of waiting until it's room temperature. Also because I didn't have any rum/wine on hand I used chocolate liqueur instead. Chef John is an amazing teacher - entertaining AND thorough. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/21/2016
I may have taken a wrong turn on this recipe but it did not turn out like a mousse. It was more like a pudding. I wonder it I used the wrong type of chocolate. I will try it again. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
Oh Wow! Really a divine confection! If you are intimidated by this recipe watch the accompanying video. Made a pourable version to top Marty Fries' Tiramisu Cheesecake on this site. SUGGESTIONS/SUBSTITUTIONS: To make this recipe pourable test the temp of the chocolate mixture with a (clean) finger. When it feels neither hot nor cold to the touch fold in the whipped cream - instead of waiting until it's room temperature. Also because I didn't have any rum/wine on hand I used chocolate liqueur instead. Chef John is an amazing teacher - entertaining AND thorough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2012
This is really good. I might've made the coffee a bit too strong so I won't make it as strong next time. Also replaced the marsala with brandy. Used the mousse as frosting for chocolate cupcakes. Absolutely incredible! Filled the cupcakes with cream cheese mousse (4 oz of cream cheese at room temperature 1/4 c powdered sugar 3/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 c chilled heavy cream. Beat the cream cheese sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat the heavy cream in another bowl until peaks form. Fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2012
I made this 2 nights ago and it was such a hit i was demanded to make it again:p so guess what im doing right now? This Mousse is Fantastic and should be enjoyed by everyone. Chef John does it again! (for me at least) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
I have made this alot I made it today for me and my Mom who is alcoholic so I had to make it with out the wine or rum so I used imitation rum it was asgood as the real thing and she loved it so I just wanted to let those who need to drop the rum or wine the imitation is just as good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2012
Amazing! I followed the directions & did not deviate. What a wonderful dessert! Everyone was impressed! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2013
This was good but to me even though I love Tiramisu not as good as other non-tiramisu chocolate mousse recipes I've tried. Turned out to be neither quite Tiramisu nor quite chocolate mousse instead of the wonderful combination I had been hoping for. But that's of course a matter of taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
I made this for an italian themed dinner party and everyone loved it! I didn't have any masala or rum so I used frangelico instead. I also served the dessert with a glass of frangelico & freshly squeezed lime on the rocks and it worked perfectly. I definitely recommend this one - delicious!!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2012
I piped this into some chocolate dipped strawberries and called it tiramisu strawberries. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2013
This is an "AWSOME" treat!!! YUMMY.. The down side to this is.... it is WAY too good. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/21/2016
I may have taken a wrong turn on this recipe but it did not turn out like a mousse. It was more like a pudding. I wonder it I used the wrong type of chocolate. I will try it again. Read More