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Tiramisu cheesecake

serves 10-12

What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that once tasted, leaves an indelible impression on you. Also known as "Tuscan Trifle," the dessert was initially created in Siena, in the northwestern Italian province of Tuscany. 


Espresso syrup: (or you can use Torani syrups)
4 teaspoons dried instant coffee or espresso
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur

Cheesecake:
12 to 16 lady fingers http://www.pastrywiz.com/season/tira3.htm</a>
1 lb cream cheese
1/2 lb mascarpone cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon khalua liqueur (optional)
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup heavy cream
cocoa powder or cinnamon for dusting

Topping:
16 to 20 lady fingers - quartered
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. espresso or instant coffee dissolved in 1-2 tbsp. hot water
non-stick cooking spray
Chocolate bar - for shavings

Lightly spray a 9-inch spring-form pan or tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Prepare syrup: in a small saucepan, stir water with coffee and sugar and heat just to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in coffee liqueur. 

For cake, arrange lady fingers in pan, cutting or trimming to fill out pan bottom with cookies. Brush syrup over cookies and allow to soak in. Re-apply until all the syrup is gone.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on slow speed, cream the cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, (Khalua liqueur), eggs, egg yolks and heavy cream. Pour over prepared cake crust. 

In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar. Using a whisk, briskly blend in the dissolved coffee. Pour into a medium sized bowl. Toss quartered lady fingers into this mixture. Arrange on top of cake. 

Bake until just set - about 30 minutes. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. 
After removing from pan, grasp a handful of chocolate shavings and put them all around the sides of the cake. Right before serving dust each slice lightly with cocoa powder or cinnamon 

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