Traditional tiramisu

    3 hours 20 min

    A classic tiramisu never goes out of style. Sponge fingers are dipped in coffee and rum then layered with mascarpone cheese in this classic Italian dessert.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 250ml strong brewed coffee
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 3 tablespoons rum
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 36 sponge fingers or savoiardi biscuits
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 250g mascarpone cheese
    • 1 tablespoon rum
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/8 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    Prep:20min  ›  Extra time:3hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr20min 

    1. Mix together coffee, milk, 3 tablespoons rum and 4 tablespoons sugar. Soak sponge fingers in coffee mixture. Layer 1/2 of the soaked biscuits in the bottom of a 20x30cm (9x13 in) dish.
    2. Beat together egg yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar. Add mascarpone cheese and 1 tablespoon rum; mix well.
    3. Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone cheese mixture. Spread 1/2 of mixture over soaked sponge fingers. Top with remaining sponge fingers and cover evenly with remaining mascarpone cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Chill in the fridge at least 3 hours.

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    I served this at an Italian themed dinner party. It was the easiest item on the menu to prepare - and the that got the most compliments! It is not cooked, so the alcohol is not burned off. I wouldn't serve large pieces to children. :-) Also, remember, the eggs are not coddled, so keep refridgerated. I modified the recipe slightly to include a third layer. Very easy recipe to modify. I used 50% more lady fingers, another 2/3 cup coffee, teaspoon of cognac (Yes, I used cognac in lieu of rum), etc. It wasn't an exact science - I eyeballed most of it - but the recipe is really friendly, so everything turned out perfectly. Great recipe! Give it a try! One other tip - use a glass pan, not metal. Metal will react with your liquor and turn the lady fingers dark green/black. Not pretty.  -  26 Jul 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was okay. I replaced the rum with Kahula, which made it alot better. I highly recommend chilling this desert over night, it was much better than four hours after making it. I also suggest making a small batch to try your hand at it first, it was helpful to tweek the recipe to my taste.  -  22 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    wow. delicious and easy. i couldn't find ladyfingers at the store, so i used vanilla wafers instead. and i substituted kahlua for all the rum. it was fantastic, if i do say so myself. the only thing i would do differently next time is soak the cookies longer. i was afraid they would get too soggy, but i think they weren't soggy enough. my bad. overall, though, totally killer and it really was easy to prepare.  -  17 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)