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#NAILEDIT: KING CARDINAL TIRAMISU AT KING DOUGH

Erica Sagon

Just when you think you couldn't love King Dough any more, with its perfect pizzas and magical meatballs, and its beautiful wood-fired oven and lovely owners Adam and Alicia Sweet, they go and do this.

King Cardinal Tiramisu, made with Cardinal Spirits Songbird Craft Coffee Liqueur. Genius! 

You know tiramisu. You love tiramisu. It's that elegant Italian dessert with layers of espresso-soaked ladyfinger cookies and decadent mascarpone cheese — and it's often spiked with a little brandy or rum or coffee liqueur.

But you haven't had tiramisu like this. King Dough puts a modern twist on the classic version. 

All the traditional flavors are there, but it's been reimagined. Instead of making it in a big pan and portioning out slices, all of the layers are loaded into single-serving mason jars. Italian grandmothers will be like, "Whaaat?" but we're digging it. King Dough's version feels relaxed, and it's built for sharing. It is something you devour — everybody's spoons are clanking and scraping up the sides of the jar to get every last bit. 

A perfect bite? We think so.

A perfect bite? We think so.

We headed over to King Dough — a wood-fired pizza spot that opened a few weeks ago on the Square in downtown Bloomington — and checked in with Brenden Eade, who makes the tiramisu among other things at the restaurant.

Eade gave us the scoop on how the tiramisu comes together. A chocolate sponge cake that has been roughed up into crumbles goes in first. Then comes a generous drizzle of sauce made with Cardinal Spirits Songbird Craft Coffee Liqueur, sweetened condensed milk and espresso. Then, a decadent mixture of mascarpone cheese, whipped cream and more coffee liqueur is piped in with a whipping siphon, which gives it a lighter, airier texture. Aaaaand repeat all of that until the jar is filled to the top. 

But wait, there's more.

The dessert is topped with shards of chocolate, then dusted with cinnamon. Eade points out that the peaks of chocolate kind of look like a king's crown.  #nailedit!

Brenden Eade fills jars with tiramisu.

Brenden Eade fills jars with tiramisu.