Dalgona Tiramisu

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4
Dalgona Tiramisu
Dalgona coffee fluff, made of sugar and instant espresso, blankets ladyfingers for an easy, shortcut version of tiramisu.
(Ben Mims / Los Angeles Times)

In the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl, combine both sugars, the instant espresso, vanilla, salt and 1/3 cup boiling water. Attach the whisk attachment to the mixer, or use a handheld mixer, and beat on medium-low speed until the ingredients are combined and starting to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the mixture is lightened and the consistency of shaving cream, 3 to 4 minutes more.


Turn off the mixer and pour in the chocolate. Continue beating on medium speed until the chocolate combines with the coffee fluff. The mixture will deflate slightly and that’s OK. Scrape the whisk and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined evenly, then transfer the mousse to a bowl. Pour the cream into the mixer (no need to clean the bowl or whisk) and beat it on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Scrape the whipped cream into the mousse and gently fold the two mixtures together until smooth.


Place enough ladyfingers in the bottom of any shallow 4-cup dish to cover it, breaking the cookies into pieces to fit. Pour over half the mousse, then cover with the remaining ladyfingers, or enough to cover (you may have leftover ladyfingers, depending on the size and brand you’re using). Scrape the remaining mousse over the ladyfingers and use a small metal spatula or spoon to spread the mousse evenly across so that it covers the ladyfingers completely. Transfer the dish to the refrigerator and let chill until set, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.


Dust some cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar over the top of the tiramisu, if you like, then dig in.

Ben Mims is the cooking columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has written three cookbooks and has worked as a food editor and recipe developer for several food media publications, such as Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, Saveur, Food Network and Buzzfeed/Tasty.
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