Shavuot is around the corner and that just makes me happy. It is my favorite holiday from a culinary perspective and I love experimenting with all sorts of new dairy dishes. So the next few blogs will be some new things you can try this Shavuot starting with Tiramisu which would be a great alternative to cheesecake. It is an Italian dessert that is creamy, sweet but not too sweet, and delicious and is sort of like the whole dessert experience in one- coffee and cake together! Traditionally it is made with Mascarpone cheese but it is super expensive and not so easy to get and so I used a mixture meant to mimic the taste and texture and it came out great. The result was so good that it was practically all devoured by too few people in one sitting. Make this soon and you will not be disappointed!

6  large egg yolks
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese
3 Tbl sour cream
2 Tbl heavy cream
2 pkgs lady fingers
1 cup strong brewed coffee
cocoa powder, for garnish

Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl place the yolks and sugar and place over a double boiler over simmering water mixing constantly for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and beat the yolks with a whisk until thick and light yellow in color. Add the cheese mixture to the yolk and mix well. Using a mixer whip the cream and fold into the cheese mixture. Lightly dip each lady finger cookie into the coffee and line the bottom of a glass dish with them. Cover with cheese mixture and continue layering until the mixture and cookies are finished ending with the cheese mixture on top. Cover and let it sit in the refrigerator at least 4-5 hours to set. Serve with a dusting of cocoa powder on top. 

Eat your heart out cheesecake!


  1. Mmmmmm!!! I love starting with dessert, especially one that looks as good as this!

  2. This recipe sounds delicious - a little too labor intensive for me. The first picture looked fine, but the second picture of a serving elicited "OHMYGOSH". For a motivated person, this would be a true "wow" desert for Shavuot. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. This looks fabulous--I like that the yolks are cooked. The replication of mascarpone with sour cream and cream cheese is ingenious. But, did you know that you can make mascarpone very easily at home? I have made my own mascarpone for tiramisu and it is quite easy: just heat 500 ml. cream to 190 degrees (double boiler), add a Tbl. lemon juice, cook a little more until it thickens a bit, cool it a little while, then let it drain (I used a coffee filter, but cheesecloth is more commonly used for this).


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