Serves 8

I love tiramisu, but I like it even better done as parfaits: They look neater when served, and people always love getting individual desserts. You can, however, do this in a big bowl if you prefer.

12 ounces homemade mascarpone

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons dark rum

1 cup heavy cream, whipped until stiff

24 ladyfingers, cubed

1 cup brewed espresso or very strong coffee, cooled to room temperature

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, shaved or very finely chopped

Gently stir together mascarpone, sugar and rum until just mixed. Fold in one-fourth of the whipped cream to lighten the mascarpone, then fold in remaining cream.

Distribute half the ladyfinger cubes among 8 wineglasses and drizzle with half the espresso. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over, then sprinkle with chocolate. Repeat the layers, then cover with plastic wrap and chill several hours to 1 day.

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