Let me just tell you that this has been my favorite challenge so far!
On one hand it's such a simple classic dish and on the other it is so complex. I really enjoyed making it because it is one of my favorite desserts and it was quite challenging as well. I wouldn't say it's hard to make it from scratch but definitely requires some planning.
I made mine the classic way topped with a Kahlua whipped cream and a double layer of dusted cocoa.
Making the Lady fingers
Before and after baking
I really couldn't believe that making mascarpone could be so simple and had my doubts it would firm up but it totally did. This is the Kahlua whipped cream before dusting it heavily with cocoa powder.
The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.
Mascarpone Cheese – Vera’s Recipe (Baking Obsession) for Homemade Mascarpone Cheese.
Savoiardi/ Ladyfinger Biscuits – Recipe from Cordon Bleu At Home
Tiramisu – Carminantonio's Tiramisu from The Washington Post, July 11 2007
For full instructions and the complete recipe go to The Daring Kitchen (under recipe archive)