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  • Difficulty 3
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Cook Time 12 hrs or overnight
  • Serves 9 - 12
  • Difficulty 3
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Cook Time 12 hrs or overnight
  • Serves 9 - 12
A beer-and-espresso soak makes the ladyfingers in this classic dessert ultra-tender. Choose a stout with coffee, chocolate or vanilla notes for the richest flavour. And good news: You can make your Beer-a-Misu the night before you need it, so you can be the hero of your next potluck without any last-minute prep.


  • 1 cup (250 mL) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) stout
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) espresso or strong coffee
  • 28 ladyfingers, divided (see Tips)
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) cocoa powder (or 10 g dark chocolate, finely grated)


  1. 1. In a large bowl, vigorously stir mascarpone with sugar until evenly incorporated. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat cream at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a shallow bowl, stir stout with espresso. Using 14 of the ladyfingers and working with 1 at a time, dip top into stout mixture, immediately flip and remove from liquid. (Ladyfingers only need a very quick dip in the liquid; do not soak.) Transfer to a 9-inch square baking dish, making 2 rows of 7 ladyfingers each. Gently spread half of the mascarpone mixture overtop.
  4. 4. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, stout mixture and mascarpone. Sprinkle cocoa powder overtop. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight before serving.


  • This dessert requires the crunchy, not cakey, type of ladyfingers to soak up all that delicious stout and espresso.
  • You can substitute an 8-inch square baking dish if you like; just trim the tip off half of the ladyfingers to fit.
  • Mascarpone cheese is a little pricier than other types, but you only need one tub for this dessert. In a pinch, you might try substituting extra-smooth ricotta, but the filling will have a slightly grainier texture.

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  1. Amy says:

    Never thought of adding beer to this dessert but I’m so glad I’ve been educated. Really good and really easy it. Bookmark for sure!