Frangelico in desserts

by Eddy Van Damme on April 2, 2012

Frangelico with its deep rich aroma of hazelnuts can bring finesse to a variety of desserts. Pairing can successfully be done with grapefruit and other citrus, chocolate, coffee and several other ingredients. Mascarpone cheese is another product which makes a great combination with Frangelico. This dessert certainly winks to tiramisu although it does not contain coffee, in fact the genoise is moistened in Frangelico syrup. We in the profession know that our customers do like Tiramisu-esque desserts and therefore this one may be a good dessert for serving a large gathering of people (Hotel-Country Club events…).

Our friends at PCB creation have a great amount of pastry specialty items to give desserts a special flair. The mascarpone cream featured here was poured on one of their structure sheets named matlelassees.  When using such sheets ensure that your products are well frozen before removing the structure sheets to obtain a clean look. As a side, note one of the greatest North American interior designers John Saladino often uses matelassee fabric in his interior designs and the House of Chanel uses matelasee pattern on watches and more.  How close indeed the world of patisserie is connected to the world of design.

Mascarpone cream



2 Gelatin leaves 2
6 oz Whipping cream (34-36 %fat) 180 g
4 Large egg yolks 4
2 oz Water 60 g
3 oz Extra fine granulated sugar 90 g
8 oz Mascarpone cheese 240 g




  1. Place the gelatin leaves in very cold water and set aside.
  2. In a cold bowl whisk the whipping cream to very soft ribbon consistency. Absolutely do not whip to a peak! Set aside.
  3. Fill a saucepan with a small amount of water and bring to a boil and then turn to a low simmer.  In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and measured water. Add the sugar and whisk well. Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly until the yolk mixture reaches at least 165°F (74°C). Remove from heat.
  4. Remove the gelatin leaves from the water and squeeze well to remove excess water. Whisk the gelatin into the yolk mixture. Add the mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract and whisk smooth.
  5. Add the soft whipped heavy cream and gently fold into the above using a spatula. Pour onto a structure sheet fitted with a frame.
  6. Top with a sheet of baked genoise and moisten with Frangelico liquor.
  7. Once frozen remove the structure sheet and cut into desired size.



Frangelico moistening syrup



  12 oz Simple syrup 360 ml
4 oz Frangelico 120 ml




  1. Combine the ingredients.


12 comments on “Frangelico in desserts

  1. Niah Clark on said:

    Looks nice and rich. Can’t wait to make it

  2. Trish Corriden on said:

    I love anything with Mascarpone cheese.

  3. Roslen Hamiltion on said:

    I love mascarpone. This year was my first time trying it and i’ve been a big fan every since. It’s a really great recipe and it is easy to make.

  4. John Cantu on said:

    I’ve look for an alternative to my favorite cake tiramisu thank you chef Eddy.

  5. Yvonne Davis on said:

    I have just been introduce to Mascarpone an I love it Chef…

  6. Hui on said:

    I think frangelico should work so great with a coffee mousse, thanks for the idea. Love that design, so contemporary.

  7. Tilly Sherwood on said:

    Thank you very much for putting links on your blog to help us find tools, I have been looking for the piping tip that makes those cookies all semester.

  8. jessica raymond on said:

    i used frangelico in a Tiramisu torte that i made. to keep the coffee flavor i used coffee extract and found some espresso mascarpone cheese for the mousse. it was delicious.

  9. Joetta Mackson on said:

    Wow! elegance on a fork!


  11. Nicholas Pringle on said:

    Seems like a dessert you can have with a glass of white wine. I will have to add it with the other recipes to try.

  12. Katerina Kyriazis on said:

    I think this is a nice lighter alternative to classic Tiramisu. I also like the use of the structure sheet to add interest and dimension to the presentation. I’m looking forward to trying this.

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