- 1 pint strawberries
- about 18 lady fingers
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or more to taste
- strawberry jam optional
- 1 cup strong/bold coffee brew I used Italian roast since it is an Italian dessert
- 3 tbsp dark rum
Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Make sure you leave enough on the ends so that you will be able to pull the entire cake out later using the parchment paper.
Line ladyfingers side by side into the bottom of the pan. Brew one cup of coffee and mix in rum. Using a pastry brush, brush each lady finger with the rum mixture, making sure to coat the entire surface of the ladyfingers. Any portion left untouched won't soften.
On high speed, blend cheese, cream, and sugar until peaks form. (You can do this in a mixer or in a blender). Taste to make sure it is sweet enough for your tastes.
Using a spatula, spread half of the cheese mixture onto ladyfingers. Spread evenly across. If using, spread a thin layer of strawberry jam across cheese. Slice 4-5 large strawberries and press slices onto the cheese (or jam) layer.
Add a second layer of ladyfingers on top, laying them side by side. Repeat with brushing the lady fingers with coffee and rum.
Add the final layer of cheese across the surface of ladyfingers. Then add more slices of strawberries. Place in fridge to set for about 1 hour. When serving, if you cut your slices into the middle section of the ladyfinger, the slices will look more like a layered cake rather than layers of ladyfingers.