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Olive Garden Tiramisu Recipe
Olive Garden Tiramisu
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Dessert
Calories: 510
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (7 reviews)

Menu Description: "The classic Italian dessert. A layer of creamy custard set atop espresso-soaked ladyfingers."

In Italian, tiramisu means "pick me up" or "cheer me up." And when you taste the delicious combination of mascarpone cheese (sometimes referred to as Italian cream cheese), cream cheese, ladyfingers, espresso and Kahlua it will be hard not to smile. Olive Garden's tiramisu is very dense, which sets it apart from most tiramisu recipes that require the cheese mixture to be folded into whipped cream. That technique makes a tiramisu that is too fluffy and light to be a decent clone. Besides, the whipped cream hides the cheese flavors, and that's just not a good way to make this tiramisu. So get out your double boiler for the egg yolks (a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water will also do) and snag some ladyfingers (ladyfingers are miniature cakes about the size of two fingers side-by-side). You can either make your own espresso, use extra strong coffee as a substitute, or, next time you're at Starbucks, order up a quadruple shot of espresso to go.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" by Todd Wilbur.

4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons milk
This is a crowd pleaser every time!
Stacy Nicholson  
Submitted on: 03/09/14
I don't make this often....BUT.....when I do it is wonderful! So delicious....people are jealous!
Gabriela Renek  
Submitted on: 05/20/12
I followed the recipe exactly however did not have ladyfingers, substituted with angel food cake and it still tasted like olive gardens! :)
Sherene, Kettering OH  
Submitted on: 12/24/07
YUMMMM!!! I got such rave reviews on this one. I substituted rum extract added directly to the espresso instead of the kahlua and it tasted really good. The first time I made it the lady fingers got WAY too soaked, but I was more careful the second time and it turned out perfect. I served it in a trifle bowl and it was beautiful.
Submitted on: 11/21/07
Awesome recipe, turned out just like the Olive Garden. Unfortunately, none of the stores around here carry lady fingers on a regular basis. So I substituted with toasted slices of Sarah Lee pound cake. Everyone loved it!
Submitted on: 01/13/07
Easy to make and got rave reviews from my guests. I recommend using coffee/tiramisu flavored mascarpone cheese.
Submitted on: 03/26/06
Great recipe! I consider myself an expert on tiramisu and this turned out perfect just like the Olive Gardens. I cooked the custard mixture in 30 seconds intervals in the microwave since I hate standing over a double boiler. Just keep a close eye to avoid scrambling the eggs. Excellent recipe.
Submitted on: 09/21/05
I think this is better than Olive Gardens. It came out perfect and was light and fluffy.