This classic Italian dessert is reminiscent of a dessert lasagna, layers of flavorful cookie, cream, chocolate and coffee. It tastes both decadent and light at the same time and is easy to make for your next get together. Try it and see why the only response to this dessert is, “Mama mia!”
3 cups brewed coffee, cooled
2 tablespoons sugar (to sweeten coffee)
16 ounces mascarpone cheese, divided
5 eggs, separated
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar, divided
14 ounces ladyfinger cookies (firm variety)
2 ounces rum (optional)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup dark chocolate shavings
Add sugar to sweeten the coffee and stir until dissolved. Whisk egg yolks with half the sugar until you have a light, creamy consistency. In a separate bowl, stir the mascarpone cheese to eliminate any lumps, then slowly add in the egg mixture into the cheese and whisk until combined.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites with the salt and remaining sugar until they reach a firm, fluffy consistency. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture, along with the rum. Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee (careful not to oversoak), then lay them flat in a baking dish (about 9×13). Spread a layer of the cream on top and dust it with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, then repeat the process, adding another layer of soaked cookies topped with cream. Dust the top with the remaining cocoa powder, followed by an even sprinkle of chocolate shavings.
Cover dish and allow to chill for at least 3-4 hours before serving.