Small Batch Tiramisu – Recipe For Two

tiramisu for two

Ever have a hankering for tiramisu but don’t want to make a giant casserole dish worth of it? This recipe is scaled down and is perfect 2-4 people. This small-batch tiramisu will still give you that pick-me-up you’re looking for, without having too many wasteful leftovers!

Tiramisu, which literally means”pick me up” in Italian, is as we know a layer cake wade with coffee-soaked ladyfingers, sandwiched between a custardy mascarpone. Traditionally, the recipe calls for marsala or rum (or both) but I had Kahlua on hand, which is what is used here.

how to make a small batch of tiramisu

  1. In a KitchenAid, beat egg whites until stiff.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until thick and pale yellow. Add in mascarpone cheese until combined, and continue beating another minute or so. Add in Kahlua, and mix until smooth.
  3. Gently fold in egg whites until combined.
  4. In a small bowl wide enough to dip cookies into, combine the espresso and 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside.
  5. To assemble small cups: Dip the first cookie in the espresso-sugar mixture until almost fully saturated but not falling apart. Break in half and place the halves in the bottom of a cup. Spoon 1 generous tablespoon cream over it. Dust with cocoa powder. Dip the second cookie in coffee and break in half. Place side-by-side over cocoa then top with 2 generous tablespoons cream mixture, which should take you nearly to the top of the cup. Dust with more cocoa. Repeat with remaining cups.
  6. To assemble large cups: Dip the first cookie in espresso mixture until almost fully saturated but not falling apart. Break in half and place side-by-side in the bottom of your larger cup. Spoon 2 generous tablespoons cream over and dust with cocoa powder. Repeat 2-3 layers in each cup.
  7.  Let the cups chill for at least 3 hours, or at preferably overnight, in the fridge to set. Before eating, you can dust them with fresh cocoa powder for a prettier look.

I love scaling down recipes to be enough for two – this tiramisu for two is a great dessert for date night in.

tiramisu for two

Small Batch Tiramisu

Mimi Newman
Small Batch Tiramisu – Recipe For Two
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 small servings
Calories 681 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ladyfingers cookies just buy them from the store, don't play yourself
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 8 ounce mascarpone
  • 1/3 cup kahlua
  • 1 cup strong, warm espresso coffee
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder for sifting over

Instructions
 

  • In a KitchenAid, beat egg whites until stiff.
  • In another bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until thick and pale yellow. Add in mascarpone cheese until combined, and continue beating another minute or so. Add in kahlua, and mix until smooth.
  • Gently fold in egg whites until combined.
  • In a small bowl wide enough to dip cookies into, combine the espresso and 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside.
  • To assemble small cups: Dip the first cookie in the espresso-sugar mixture until almost fully saturated but not falling apart. Break in half and place the halves in the bottom of a cup. Spoon 1 generous tablespoon cream over it. Dust with cocoa powder. Dip second cookie in coffee and break in half. Place side-by-side over cocoa then top with 2 generous tablespoons cream mixture, which should take you nearly to the top of the cup. Dust with more cocoa. Repeat with remaining cups.
  • To assemble large cups: Dip first cookie in espresso mixture until almost fully saturated but not falling apart. Break in half and place side-by-side in the bottom of your larger cup. Spoon 2 generous tablespoons cream over and dust with cocoa powder. Repeat 2-3 layers in each cup.
  • ┬áLet the cups chill for at least 3 hours, or at preferably overnight, in the fridge to set. Before eating, you can dust them with fresh cocoa powder for a prettier look.

Notes

I used 4 of these cups from Crate & Barrel

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 681kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 16gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 325mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 1339IUCalcium: 132mgIron: 3mg
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