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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. You can find them in most large grocery stores or you can purchase them onine. Ladyfingers soak up a lot liquid so make it a very qucik dunk. 

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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 simplest afternoon coffee break.

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COOKS IN: 30 minutes plus chilling time



  • 4 medium eggs
  • 114 g sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • 200 g whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon rum or amaretto


  • 250 g savoiardi (ladyfingers)
  • 4 cups espresso coffee
  • Cocoa for dusting


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

  2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar with electric mixer in a large bowl.

  3. In a small saucepan cook the water and sugar and over low heat until you get a syrup. When the syrup is ready pour it over egg yolks and continue whisking with an electric whisk on the highest setting for about 5 minutes until the mixture is pale and fluffy. If you wish, add one tablespoon of rum, amaretto or any other liqueur. 

  4. First fold mascarpone cheese to the egg mixture and then whipped cream. The tiramisu mixture should be creamy and perfectly mixed.

  5. 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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