Fresh and Delicious Los Altos de Eros

Recipes, Cooking tips & more from Los Altos de Eros, Boutique Hotel & Spa in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.


Remember this scene from “Sleepless in Seattle” :)sleepless

My version of tiramisu is divided into 3 steps.  Although it my seem like a complicated recipe at first, you’ll find that the ingredients are simple and the process is not difficult at all.  For a simplified version, substitute step 2 (Biscuit) with store bought lady fingers.



1. Liquid Ingredients


3/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 shot (6 tsp) of triple sec

1 shot (6 tsp) of orange liquor or amaretto

1 shot (6 tsp) of coffee liquor

Preparation: Place the water and sugar in a pot to boil.  Remove from heat and mix with the liquors.

2. Biscuit Ingredients (substitute: lady fingers)


1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

6 eggs

1 tbs vanilla

1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

Preparation: Place the eggs and sugar in a pot over low heat and stir until hot.  Then, blend these ingredients using the electric mixer and add the vanilla.  Blend on high speed allowing it to rise.  Once it rises all the way to the top of the mixing bowl transfer into a larger bowl and start adding the flour and baking powder little by little while whisking by hand.  Pour the mixture in a  40 x 35 cm baking sheet and bake for 15 min at 350 F. This will be the cake layer for the desert.


3. Frosting


1 cup heavy cream

3 egg whites

3 egg yokes

1 tbs vanilla

1 1/2 cups cream cheese

2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cups sugar


Using the electric mixer, mix the egg whites on high speed until they become fluffy like a cloud and refrigerate.  Mix the egg yokes, vanilla and the first 2/3 cups of sugar at high speed.  Begin to incorporate the cream cheese into the bowl followed by the rest of the sugar, heavy cream and fluffed egg whites.

4. Building the dessert:


Use a rectangular cake mold, cut the biscuit to fit as the first layer.  Set it on the bottom of the mold and poke with a tooth pick or fork, this allows it to absorb the liquid.  Pour half of the liquid ingredients equally over the biscuit.  Then, add a thick layer of frosting followed by another layer of biscuit and pour the remaining liquid.  Finally top in off with a layer of frosting and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours prior to serving. To serve, sprinkle cocoa powder or cinnamon on top.





3 comments on “Tiramisu

  1. Peggy
    May 9, 2014

    How far in advance can this be prepared? Can it be left in the freezer for a couple days, then brought out to thaw slightly before serving?
    This was one of my favorite desserts while staying at LADE. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Chef Andrea at Los Altos de Eros, Boutique Hotel & Spa
      May 9, 2014

      Hi Peggy! Since it is frozen it can last up to a week. So yes, you can definitely prepare it a few days in advance.

      • Peggy
        May 13, 2014

        Hi Andrea, thanks for your reply. I have another question… What size is the cake pan that it is assembled in( the layering)?
        I’m hosting a bridal showere for about 20 women, if I made 2 of these would that be enough?
        Also do have any suggestions for a dinner I could serve the women that could be prepared ahead of time. Thanks for any suggestions.

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