This was my first tiramisu effort. I could not find any ladyfingers at the grocery store, so bought instead a large package of cookies that looked like ladyfingers in an Italian sack. I was overly generous with the Kahlua, and instead of brushing on 1/4 cup, I sloshed it liberally over the cookies. When I was done, it looked like I had used about a cup of kahlua -- or a little more. Other than that I followed the directions exactly, and when it was done we let it sit in the fridge for several hours. When we tasted it that night, I regretted being heavy handed with the alcohol. The dessert hadn't set up at all, the cookies were still crunchy, and the whole thing tasted very much like alcohol fumes, so much so that I thought I was going to have to do a rescue effort and make another double or triple batch of the cream (without alcohol) and mix it with this batch to save it. We never got that far. The dessert sat in the fridge for another two days, when we tasted it again we were amazed. It transformed itself into the best tiramisu I've ever eaten. The alcohol fumes either soaked in or evaporated, and the dish sat up beautifully!! Truly is the BEST tiramisu I've ever eaten, and I will definitely make it again. Next time I will make it at least 2 days in advance and I will most likely follow the exact measure for the kahlua.
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This was my first tiramisu effort. I could not find any ladyfingers at the grocery store, so...