Tiramisu - Classic Recipe

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe

What can I say about tiramisu, one of the most delicious desserts in the world? I'm sure that just mentioning its name is enough to make many of us want some right now. This is a very handy and simple tiramisu recipe - so cook it and surprise your family with an Italian tiramisu :)

Recently I've added on the website the Quick Tiramisu Recipe, adapted and with video, that's how I've been cooking it lately and we like it even better. It's made without the egg whites and so it's much lighter.


Mascarpone cheese
500 g
Ladyfingers, or Savoiardi
450 g
4 pieces
125 g
Cow milk
125 ml
or Marsala wine
Heavy cream (32% fat)
200 ml
3 tbsp
2 tbsp
Coffee/chocolate liqueur
2 tbsp
Cacao powder
2 tbsp

Step by step

Step 1

Prepare all the ingredients. 

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 1
Step 2

Make some strong coffee, using 2 tbsp coffee, 3 tbsp sugar and about 400 ml water. Let cool completely.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 2
Step 3

Use a small bowl which can be placed in a bain-marie or over heat and mix the separated egg yolks and 125 g sugar.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 3
Step 4

Use the mixer to beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they turn into a white foam.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 4
Step 5

Then carefully incorporate the milk, stir constantly and pour milk little by little in the yolk mixture.

The original Italian recipe uses Marsala wine. I used milk instead of wine because I'm breastfeeding at the moment. If you are making this dessert for the kids, you should probably use milk as well.

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Step 6

Place the bowl in a bain-marie, stir constantly to prevent it from boiling until the mixture thickens and resembles the consistency of pancake batter. It's a long process, so you have to be patient. Or do what I did - I placed the mixture in a heavy-bottomed pot over a low heat and stirred constantly with the whisk. I had the same result in less time.

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Step 7

This is what the yolk mixture should look like when it's ready. Remove from the bain-marie and let's move on...

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Step 8

Tip Mascarpone into a bowl and mix with a spoon to make it smooth.

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Step 9

Add in the yolk cream little by little, beating all the time with a whisk or a mixer on low speed.

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Step 10

Mix well to make sure there aren't any lumps.

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Step 11

Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Or just use already whipped cream, or hard whipped egg whites (the ones left from the yolks we used to prepare the cream). 

Add to the mascarpone mixture and mix well - this is the cream we'll be using for the cake.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 11
Step 12

Sieve the cold coffee, add liqueur (to taste), stir. Adjust the amount of sugar when making the coffee according to your taste, more or less sweet.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 12
Step 13

We are starting to assemble the cake. 

In a high-sided sheet cake pan we arrange the first layer of ladyfingers dipped in coffee (dip them in the coffee just for 1 second, otherwise they'll be too soaked). 

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 13
Step 14

Put half of the mascarpone cream on top and smooth out.

Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 14
Step 15

Arrange the second layer of ladyfingers and spread over the rest of the cream. Smooth out.

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Step 16

Using a sieve, dust with cocoa powder, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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Step 17

When it's completely cold, cut and serve together with your family :) 


Tiramisu - Classic Recipe - Step 17
Quantity: 2 kg (10-12 servings)
Prep time: 240 min
Difficulty: intermediate
Ready in: 30 min
Publish date:
Collections: Cakes, Desserts

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