In my world, there’s not much that trumps tiramisu. I’m a self-proclaimed coffee nut to begin with, and have yet to meet a caffeine infused dessert that I’ve not loved.  But, I’m particularly fond of tiramisu because it’s so easy. A couple rounds of layering espresso soaked ladyfingers and sweetened marscarpone cheese, and you’re done. The hardest part is waiting a few hours to let the flavors mingle.

Don’t be thrown off by the addition of cognac. It’s optional, but it gives it a nice boozy hint that cuts some of the richness. If you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day this year, make this for your “special someone”. We usually avoid the crowds on the big night, opting to stay home instead with a heart-shaped meatloaf. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s something I’ve always looked forward to on Valentine’s Day since I was a little girl. I love that I’m able to pass on that silly family tradition to our boys. However, I think this adult dessert might be on the menu after the boys get tucked in. I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM | Permalink

    This looks so delicious!! WHat a gorgeous photo.

  2. Posted February 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    I would have to agree, tiramisu rocks my world! 🙂 My mom makes it all the time and we’ve talked about having ‘tiramisu school’ for me and a friend b/c we want to learn how to make it! Your photo looks amazing, and the Sopranos cookbooks are some of my favorites!

  3. Posted February 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Posted February 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

    I’m bookmarking this, it looks like the classic version I crave. The heart shaped meatloaf sounds pretty good, too!

  5. cc
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

    what can I substitute for congac or amaretto?thanks

    • Laura
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

      The booze is completely optional. You could use brandy or coffee liquor as well, if you happened to have those handy.

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