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Ingredients: 1 c. hot water 1 tbsp. instant espresso powder ¼ c. sugar, divided ½ tsp. salt 2 tbsp. coffee liquor 2 large egg yolks

2 tbsp. brandy, cognac, or amaretto (optional) 8 oz. mascarpone cheese 1 c. heavy cream, chilled 16 crisp Italian ladyfingers 2 tbsp. cocoa powder for garnish

Directions: 1. Stir together the hot water, espresso powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar, salt and coffee liquor until well combined. Set aside, allowing to cool to room temperature. 2. Add the egg yolks, brandy, cognac or amaretto (if using), and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to a bowl over gently simmering water. 3. Beat with a hand mixer until light and tripled in size and then beat in the mascarpone. 4. Beat the heavy cream until thickened and peaks form. Fold into the mascarpone mixture. 5. Dip the lady fingers into the coffee mixture, breaking in half if necessary to fit into individual-sized container. 6. Top with a layer of mascarpone custard. Repeat steps 5 and 6, layering soaked lady fingers and custard until the container is full. 7. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Then cover and refrigerate from 3 hours up to overnight.

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