Italian tiramisu

Italian tiramisu

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About this recipe: For a perfect, classic, Italian tiramisù you'll need one fundamental ingredient: very fresh eggs, kept at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Also, use a good electric beater because you'll need to whip eggs and cream for a long time!


Serves: 8 

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 5 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 500g good quality mascarpone cheese
  • 250g double cream, whipped
  • 20-22 big lady fingers
  • 8 espresso cups of espresso (about 200ml), plus 2 teaspoons sugar and 50ml milk
  • dark cocoa powder, as needed

Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:10hr chilling  ›  Ready in:10hr30min 

  1. Place egg yolks and sugar in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until frothy and pale.
  2. Place egg whites in a perfectly clean and dry bowl. Use an electric mixer with clean dry beaters to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold egg white into yolk mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon. Fold in mascarpone and whipped cream until evenly combined.
  3. Pour 8 espresso size cups of espresso coffee into a bowl; add 2 teaspoons sugar and 50ml of milk. Dip the lady fingers into the coffee, one at the time. Place in a serving bowl or dish, one next to the other to form a layer. Cover with half of the cream mixture, spreading it out evenly. Arrange a second layer of soaked ladyfingers and cover with the remaining cream.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 hours or overnight. Right before serving, dust with cocoa powder.


For a kids friendly version, replace coffee with orange juice.

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