Whiskey Tiramisu

The Good News: It’s already Thursday!

The Bad News: This week has been crazy. I haven’t run since Sunday and I haven’t eaten a meal at home in way too long. Don’t get me wrong – I love eating out at restaurants, but I’m really craving some simple, low-key dinners.

I had planned on taking some time off from running this week (I needed a mental break more than anything),  but I’m missing my usual form of stress relief! I did about 30 minutes of core work and stretching this morning (unusual for me!) and if I get out of the office before 9:30pm, I might run a few easy miles. A positive race experience and some time off has left me feeling re-energized about my running! My next race will be the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in D.C. and I’m getting excited about the distance (I’ve never run a 10-miler) and the course (flat and fast!).

The war wounds from Sunday are healing nicely (mmm, scabs and bruises) and I finally have some photographic evidence of the bloody leg –

I haven’t been doing much any running or cooking, but I did make some homemade tiramisu earlier this week! Priorities, friends, priorities. I didn’t have any rum on hand (a traditional tiramisu ingredient), so I improvised with a bottle of Jim Beam whiskey that Sarah brought to a party of mine back in January. I may have had a few nips while I was whipping up dessert…it’s been that kind of week.

Whiskey Tiramisu (serves 5)

Note: In Italian, the word “tiramisu” translates to “pick-me-up”. I can’t think of anything better than sugar, coffee, and whiskey to improve my mood!


  • 2 eggs, seperated into yolks and whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs whiskey
  • 6 Tbs sugar, divided in half
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • About 20 lady fingers
  • 1 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting on top


  • With an electric mixer, beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until they begin to get stiff. Beat in 3 Tbs of the sugar until stiff peaks form. Transfer egg whites into a small bowl. FYI – this is what stiff peaks should look like:
  • In the same mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with the remaining 3Tbs sugar until the egg-sugar combination is light yellow. Use a spatula to mix in the mascarpone cheese until well-incorporated (no lumps!).
  • Use a spatula or spoon to lightly fold in the egg whites (use a light hand or they will deflate!).
  • Combine the coffee and the whiskey in a shallow bowl and dip each lady finger until lightly soaked.
  • Using ramekins or small glass bowls, layer the egg-mascarpone mixture, lady fingers, and chopped chocolate (2 layers each).
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and top with cocoa powder before serving.


Okay, that’s all I’ve got. Regular running (and cooking?) shall resume soon!

Desserts with alcohol – love ’em or hate ’em? Chocolate stout cake and tiramisu are some of my favorite foods, so I’m a fan for sure.

  • AR

    ahahahah i had wondered what became of that jim beam. now i want to know what creation you’d come up with had i brought along that vodka i wanted to…

    i can’t believe you’ve never done a 10 mile race. the only ones i’ve done have been hilly as fuck, so Cherry Blossom sounds nice. YAY

  • you are a dessert genius. also, i never knew tiramisu was made with raw eggs! this dessert includes all kinds of reasons not to be pregnant. (yes, i am still flipping out over my friend’s news.)

    next date: let’s revive eating in and cook? i’ll crash harlem with a bottle of vino!

  • That is an awesome picture. Hard core with blood, determined face, running through Times Square. I have never been a fan of alcohol in dessert. My family was always opposed to it, and when I got married I learned it’s more of a trick to keep it moist. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eat it!

  • I hate when life takes over my work out schedule! I don’t know what I would do if I haven’t run since Sunday!

  • To be honest, I’d rather drink than eat my booze but I certainly wouldn’t turn down some that tiramisu.

    That is a sick picture! Especially with all the Times Sq madness in the background. I hope the cherries are still a-blossoming when you’re here in DC for the 10-miler… I’ve heard that’s an awesome race, but I’ve never gotten my act together enough to register in time.

  • Tiramisu is one of MY FAVORITE desserts ever. I don’t know why i haven’t tried making it yet. Looks yummy!

  • hehehe I love your priorities! I’d totally do the same thing. When you have a crazy week, a fantabulous dessert is absolutely imperative, especially if it’s yummy tiramisu. 😀

  • Oh my god, I totally forgot about that handle. I’m glad it was an Italian dessert. Because what is more Italian than fatty food with alcohol? Probably fatty food with alcohol that doesn’t shut up and has a waste disposal business, but okay, you can’t really mix all that together in a parfait glass.

  • Also, why is my picture an arrow doing a loop around a stick? It makes my butt look big.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t really understand my new commenting system…or why it’s giving you that funny arrow avatar. but i think your butt looks good.

  • Anamarie

    I’m so HAPPY you’re running Cherry (as we fondly call it here in WDC)! It’s FLAT AND FAST and you’ll PR lickety split. Last year’s weather = gorgeous.

    More importantly? Have a post race food plan (and reservations) as (good) food, ie non street vendor hot dog food options are very, very limited on and around the Mall; especially with all the tourists. May I suggest Ted’s Bulletin or Cashion’s Eat Place? Also M Street Bar & Grill has a delicious 3 course all you can drink brunch in Dupont!

    Funny, I will be running in NYC for the More Half that weekend, so we shall be two ships… 🙂

    Anamarie (Washington DC)

  • Love ’em! One of my favourites: Guinness ginger cake with Bailey’s icing! http://tinyurl.com/bgb5lc

  • Hey there! I’ve been reading and loving your blog for a while, this is my first comment though 🙂
    Just wanted to say that’s an awesome picture from the race, makes me want to move to NYC even more than I already do.
    And good for you for taking some time off…I’m sure your body and mind thank you.
    Awesome recipe!

  • Huh…i might have accidently erased my comment…so hope this doesn’t post twice. But I said you were going to rock that 10 miler!

  • I’m running the Cherry Blossom too. I usually run Broad Street here in Philly (another flat and fast 10-miler). You’ll love it…it’ll be the fastest 10 miles you’ve ever done!

  • 10 milers are my favorite distance. Cherry Blossom is a great race (if it’s not windy) but it is SO crowded. Be prepared for a slow first mile or two. I’m sad I’m not in DC to run it this year.

  • This is also true. Be prepared to take metro/cab/hike to somewhere good for brunch.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the brunch recommendations! I’ll do some research – I def. don’t
    think I’ll want a street vendor hot dog at 9am 🙂

  • you had me sold at whiskey. i’m not sure how i feel overall about dessert with alcohol but whiskey? heck yes.

  • Anthea

    Also, I highly recommend a trip to baked and wired on Thomas Jefferson st in georgetown for coffee and cupcakes or pie or smores bars. really good sticky buns on the weekend too.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Kelly 🙂 I’m excited!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Jamie! I’m glad you like the blog!

  • Anonymous

    dessert w/ raw eggs + wine + coffee > babies

  • yes, that pic is rad. You must buy it if thats a professional shot. You look hard core and beautiful!

  • Christina

    I read your blog all the time but don’t comment too often.
    So a few things:
    1) Congrats on a great race, and that pic it’s awesome and icky :p
    2) You are going to LOVE the 10 mile race. I love 10 milers even more than halfs, well because it’s 5k shorter so you get to run that much faster hehe, but still get the satisfaction of going a long distance
    3) Would you be willing to do a review of your compression tights? Once you said you really liked them and I am really curious what brand you got and what you like about them!

  • Desserts with alcohol = winning. Love tiramisu! Hopefully we can run together sometime next week (fingers crossed!).

    Pizza + wine = also always winning. See you on Sunday!

  • awesome pics (both of the blood and the dessert heh) and a great race! I too haven’t been running at all this week post-Half because of working late, studying for exams, and just plain not feelin’ it. This bizarre NYC weather also does not help. Here’s to hitting the asphalt again next week! =)

    P.S. Rum cakes, bourbon soaked peach shortcakes, anything with irish coffee… shall I go on?

  • Anonymous

    @Christina – thanks for reminding me about the compression tights! I have
    some thoughts on them and will post soon 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @Christina – thanks for reminding me about the compression tights! I have
    some thoughts on them and will post soon 🙂

  • I love Tiramisu and have been looking for a new recipe!!! Thanks. Love the race photos and good luck with the 10-mile race. I like that distance. It’s nice and fun.

  • That is awesome that you attempted and succeeded at making tiramisu! I’m not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate it once in a while 🙂 Sounds like you have a super demanding job that doesn’t always leave you time to cook and run, but you always seem to fit it in when you can, which is great! I’ve learned you have to just do the best you can (while staying sane) and not feel guilty about it.

  • Anamarie

    I second the baked and wired comment!!! Avoid Georgetown Cupcakes; overrated or not worth the wait. Go to H street for Pie instead at Dangerously Delicious.

  • Slk48

    This looks wonderful! I love tiramisu. Though including whiskey isn’t exactly legal for me…
    That’s so exciting that you’re running the Cherry Tree race! I go to school in D.C., so maybe I’ll come out and watch!

  • Eric

    the best part of reading a post that states “its thursday’ a day late…… its FRIDAY!!! wooo

  • Katie

    1) Just read your race recap… you’re a machine! Sorry about your fall but I’m glad you were okay AND still had a pretty kickass race. You’re my hero!

    2) This looks absolutely fabulous, and I had no idea tiramisu could be so easy! And raw eggs?!