Hot Chocolate Tiramisu

This was my FAVORITE part of our dinner. It was sooooo good! I've always wanted to try Tiramisu, but because it is a coffee based dessert I never tried it. Then, I found this recipe on pinterest and decided to give it a try! I had to make a few adjustments since the recipe calls for Bailey's Irish Cream Whiskey, but I thought it turned out amazing. I had never used Mascarpone cheese before, so that was kinda fun. I could've eaten it three meals a day for a week and never gotten tired of it. As I was loading the pictures of our dinner on my computer I accidentally deleted a bunch of them and, sadly, among them was the picture of our tiramisu. Luckily we had saved some to enjoy the next day so I took a picture of what was left to show you all. It did look so pretty before we dug into them. Oh well.
The recipe says it makes four servings, which is pretty accurate, though they'd be smallish ones. I only divided it between two cups, and we weren't able to finish all of it in one sitting.

Here is my version of this dessert:
What you need:
1/2 cup hot water
¼ cup hot chocolate powder
Hershey's chocolate syrup
2 whole eggs
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups mascarpone cheese  at room temperature (You could probably use regular cream cheese if you can't find mascarpone)
18 ladyfingers
extra hot chocolate mix
Whipped topping
What you do:
1. Mix the hot water and the hot chocolate powder. I actually ended up putting in a squirt of hershey's syrup to give it a more rich chocolatey flavor.
2. Divide the egg whites into a medium sized mixing bowl and the yolks into a heat proof mixing bowl. Place a small pot with just an inch or so of water in the bottom on your stove and start it simmering. Put the bowl with the egg yolks in it on top of the pot of water and add 1 TBS sugar to the yolks. You don't want the water to touch the bottom of the bowl. You could also use a double boiler for this if you're lucky enough to have one. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar over the hot water(don't let the water boil) for about five minutes, whisking the entire time. It will get really fluffy. If they start to look like scrambled eggs you've over cooked them and need to start over. Try a lower heat and faster stirring.
With a clean whisk or, preferably, an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they start to look a little bubbly and fluffy. Add in 1 TBS sugar and continue to mix until they form stiff peaks. That means that when you stop your mixer and pull it out of the egg whites the foam stays in a peak shape instead of falling back into the bowl.
3. Now fold the mascarpone cheese into the egg yolk mixture, only folding in half the cheese at a time. Then fold the mascarpone/yolk mixture into the egg whites, again only folding in one half at a time. Adjust sugar level to suit your taste, just remember you're also going to be layering this with lots of sweet chocolate, so it's better if it's not too sweet.
4.  Place 3 ladyfingers in the bottom of your serving dish. Brush generously with hot cocoa mixture. Now spoon some of the mascarpone mixture on top of that. Next you sprinkle some of the hot cocoa powder on top of the cheese. (I wanted mine to be really chocolatey so I put a drizzle of hershey's syrup on top of the powder) Repeat these layers 1-2 times, ending with a layer of ladyfingers. Top with whipped topping, a sprinkle of hot cocoa powder, and a drizzle of Hershey's syrup. Garnish with a wafer straw cookie and enjoy.

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