Magic Tiramisu

    10 min

    Here is a simple, speedy yet utterly luxurious slant on the delectable Italian dessert of coffee and liqueur-flavoured sponge topped with a creamy mascarpone layer and dusted with chocolate. Delicious!

    16 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 4 tsp instant coffee granules
    • 100ml boiling water
    • 4 tbsp grappa, Tia Maria, Marsala or sherry
    • 200g sponge fingers
    • 2 tbsp caster sugar
    • 8 tbsp plain yoghurt
    • 500g mascarpone
    • 60-70g plain chocolate, grated, or crumbled flaked chocolate bars

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Combine the coffee and alcohol: Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water, then add 100ml cold water and the grappa, Tia Maria, Marsala or sherry.
    2. Make the sponge layer: Arrange the sponge fingers in a 20cm square shallow dish (or tin), making a double layer. Spoon the coffee mixture evenly over the biscuits.
    3. Prepare the topping: Beat the sugar and yoghurt into the mascarpone, then spread this over the biscuits, pressing down well once they are all covered. Pile the grated chocolate on top, then spread it out and press down. Chill for 10 minutes in the freezer, if possible.


    *For mascarpone, use low-fat soft cheese. *For grappa, Tia Maria, Marsala or sherry, use orange juice.

    …cooking tip

    To make individual desserts to serve four, halve the quantities and make the tiramisu in four individual dishes.

    …keep it

    This freezes well. Cover the dish with cling film and freeze until hard, then place in a polythene bag. Eat within three months. You can also open-freeze individual portions, then pack in cling film and a freezer bag.

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    Tried this, did half of the recipe as there are only two of us. It was scrummy!!!!!Best Tiramisu recipe ever. Very easy and quick to make.  -  29 Jul 2011