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Authentic Tiramisu


Discover the magic of Italy’s most famous dessert – tiramisu! Dive into this easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipe and create a heavenly combination of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and velvety mascarpone cream. Perfect for impressing guests or indulging in a sweet treat at home.


  • 625 ml (2-2 ½ cups) strong espresso, cooled to room temperature
  • 4 large eggs or 5 small/medium eggs, separated
  • 45 tbsps sugar (one tbsp per egg)
  • 500g (16oz) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 package (200-250g) 7-9oz package Savoiardi or Pavesini (Lady Fingers cookies/biscuits). These are also known as Loffelbiscuits in Germany.
  • 2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder (or to taste)
  • Optional: a shot (3 tbsps) of your favorite liqueur such as rum, amaretto, brandy, Frangelico, marsala, etc
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  1. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In another medium bowl, beat the egg yolks with sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. If you don’t beat them well enough, the filling will taste more eggy. 
  3. To the beaten egg yoks and sugar mixture, add the mascarpone cheese and mix until there are no more lumps. 
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon. 
  5. Dip the cookies one by one into the espresso and lay them on the bottom of a 9″x13″ in casserole dish or similar dish. When you dip the cookies into the espresso, please be sure to do so very quickly so they don’t fall apart in your hands. Just a quick dip for each cookie is all you’ll need!
  6. Mix half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the lady fingers in the dish. 
  7. Next, dip more lady finger cookies in espresso and place them in rows on top of the mascarpone mixture. 
  8. On top of this layer of lady fingers cookies, spread the remaining mascarpone mixture evenly. 
  9. Over top of the final mascarpone layer, dust with an even layer of cocoa powder. To make it a breeze, I usually sprinkle a bit of cocoa using a small sieve and tap it over my dessert. This way, I ensure the cocoa is spread evenly while avoiding clumps from gathering on top. Give it a try!
  10. Cover the top of the dish with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  11. To serve your tiramisu, scoop out a portion with all those scrumptious layers using a spatula or spoon, place it beautifully onto a dish or dessert plate, and then finish it with a lovely dusting of additional unsweetened cocoa powder. That’s all there is to it! Now, go ahead and enjoy your mouthwatering creation with everyone around or indulge in a well-deserved treat for yourself. Buon appetito! 😋


If you’re using the optional liqueur in this recipe, combine it with the espresso before dipping your lady finger cookies. 

  • Prep Time: 20-20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 3 hours - overnight
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian