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
- 4–5 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
- Beat egg whites with an electric mixer in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- 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.
- To the beaten egg yoks and sugar mixture, add the mascarpone cheese and mix until there are no more lumps.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- 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!
- Mix half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the lady fingers in the dish.
- Next, dip more lady finger cookies in espresso and place them in rows on top of the mascarpone mixture.
- On top of this layer of lady fingers cookies, spread the remaining mascarpone mixture evenly.
- 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!
- Cover the top of the dish with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
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