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The Best Tiramisu Recipe

Italian Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic no-bake Italian dessert combining espresso-dipped ladyfingers and creamy lightly sweetened mascarpone cream. This dessert is among the most popular Italian desserts and it originates from Veneto region in the north of Italy.

Tiramisu might seem hard to prepare but be sure it's not so complicated. There are 2 components in tiramisu: coffee-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone cream. Dust the whole thing with a dense layer of unsweetened cocoa to finish.

Ladyfingers (savoiardi in Italian) are a sweet, pretty dry finger-shaped cookies. They are main ingredient in many Italian dessert including tiramisu and zuppa inglese. Ladyfingers take on a cake-like texture when layered underneat cream. Ladyfingers soak up a lot liquid so make it a very quick dunk. 

Classic Tiramisu

Tips for making perfect tiramisu

  • It goes: espresso-dipped ladyfingers, mascarpone cream, remaining espresso-dipped ladyfingers, and remaining mascarpone cream. Dust the whole thing with a dense layer of unsweetened cocoa to finish.
  • Most tiramisu recipes use whipped egg whites or whipped cream in mascarpone cream. This recipe uses both to get airy texture and make the filling a bit more rich.
  • In this dessert we will add a whipping cream to make the cake lighter and foamy. Tiramisu is a dessert which can be prepared in only 30 minutes and it is ideal for every occasion, from the chic dinner to the simple afternoon coffee break.

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Classic Italian tiramisu

Best Tiramisu

COOKS IN: 30 minutes plus chilling time


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 350 g mascarpone cheese
  • 200 ml whipping cream
  • 150 g savoiardi (lady fingers)
  • 2 cups espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto
  • Cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Prepare the espresso coffee without sugar and set aside to cool.

  2. Put the egg yolks, sugar and lemon zest into a heatproof bowl. Stand over a saucepan of gently simmering water and whisk until very thick and creamy.

  3. Put the mascarpone cheese into a bowl and beat until the mixture is smooth.

  4. Combine the egg mixture and mascarpone until evenly blended. Next add whipping cream to this mixture. The tiramisu mixture should be creamy and perfectly mixed.

  5. Combine the coffee with 1 tablespoon of Amaretto liqueur. Dip briefly each ladyfinger in the coffee and make a single layer of them in the prepared serving dish, then spread the half of tiramisu cream over them. Add a new layer of ladyfingers soaked in coffee and put the remaining cream on the top of them.

  6. Finish with dusting the tiramisu with a cocoa. Chill until ready to serve, but for at least 4 hours.

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