Best Italian tiramisu

    4 hours 20 min

    This classic Italian tiramisu is the only recipe you'll ever need! Luscious mascarpone cheese layered with espresso-soaked sponge fingers, with a touch of cognac or brandy.


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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g mascarpone cheese
    • 6 eggs, separated
    • 30 lady fingers
    • 350ml espresso coffee, cooled
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 50ml cognac or brandy

    Prep:20min  ›  Extra time:4hr chilling  ›  Ready in:4hr20min 

    1. Add the sugar to the egg yolks. Beat well until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the mascarpone and half of the cognac or brandy, and beat well.
    2. With clean utensils, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the beaten egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
    3. Pour espresso into a shallow dish along with the remaining cognac and 1 teaspoon of the cocoa powder. Stir well. Quickly dip each lady finger in the espresso mixture, working one at a time, and line the bottom of a glass dish, approximately 20cm round or square.
    4. Once the bottom of the dish is covered in an even layer of espresso-soaked lady fingers, top with 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture. Dust with 1/2 of the cocoa. Repeat with another lady finger layer, then finally the remaining mascarpone and a final dusting of cocoa powder.
    5. Chill in the fridge for about 4 hours, then serve!


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    Really great, easy tiramisu. The only thing I'd point out is the first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly and found the lady fingers hadn't softened enough. So for attempt two I dunked them in the coffee and layered them but then I gradually added more coffee on top until they stopped soaking it up. It was for me much better this way.  -  27 Apr 2015


    I LOVE TIRAMISU!!!!  -  16 Apr 2014


    I loved this recipe it was so easy but looked amazing! I substituted the egg white with whipped double cream as I like a thick cream and it was totally delicious! My brother even liked it and he hates tiramisu! Will definitely be making this again.  -  21 Mar 2016