For a friend’s birthday, I wanted to make him a from-scratch Tiramisu because it is one of his favorite desserts. He has been asking for a while, so here it is! After scouring my cookbooks and the web, I was not able to find the perfect Tiramisu recipe (at least, not for me). I wanted the eggs cooked (health reasons–don’t want to get the birthday boy sick!), I wanted to use ladyfingers and not sponge cake, and I wanted it to be somewhat traditional. In the end, I combined a few ideas and came up with this. In my opinion, it is very tasty. You might want to add more alcohol (and I am not getting into the rum versus Marsala debate, I just prefer the taste of rum in desserts) because both the birthday boy and myself are not drinkers, so I wanted to keep it toned down for a first effort. Next time I might add more, although I do not feel it really needed it. I also learned about storing tiramisu! Apparently it gets better after the first day. The sifted cocoa powder gets darker, but that did not matter to us. It was still pretty.
Maybe you don’t know this about me, but I am super into planning. I plan almost everything. One of my best friends teases me that I plan bathroom breaks, but there is no joking there. I really do. But, it is extremely useful when we would go to the movies and have to sit through long ones like the Lord of the Rings movies. Ugggghhhh. So yes, I am all about timing. I had guests tell me that my wedding day was the smoothest they had ever seen, with everything seeming to fall into place. It was all planned by yours truly (with a little help from some vendors).
This means that when it comes to dinner parties, if I am somewhat in charge like I was this time, there is a written schedule with everything that will be happening.