Must Tiramisu have alcohol?
Tiramisu is one mysterious dessert that costs a lot in a restaurant, but in fact takes no hassle to make at home. I guess the pricey mascarpone cheese is the reason why tiramisu is expensive, although other ingredients are quite inexpensive. However, if you attempt to give it a try, you will have to stick with the best quality mascarpone cheese, of which the irreplaceable luscious taste comes from.
Tiramisu is all about layering.
A layer of espresso-soaked sponge fingers, then another layer of rich mascarpone filling, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, then ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. That’s all. You could do it without alcohol. But if you need a hit of booze, you could try Kahlua, Marsala or other coffee liquor.
Traditional recipes for tiramisu contain two alcohols, Marsala wine and rum. There's also a liberal dose of caffeine in the form of coffee and espresso, but let's stick to one vice at a time. Tiramisu is also not cooked, which means that all the alcohol used in its making is still potent.