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Italian Tiramisu

An Italian Classic: Tiramisu. Who can say no to this delicious dessert, one of Italy's most famous desserts?

August 18, 2019
Italian TiramisuPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 45 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 45 mins

Italian Tiramisu Recipe Video



  • Prepare strong espresso coffee, mix a spoon of sugar in it. Bring it to room temperature and put it in the fridge to chill.
  • Beat the egg yolks till they become creamy. Beat in the sugar and then add the brandy.
  • In another bowl, mash the mascarpone cheese with a rubber spatula till its creamy.
  • In yet another bowl, beat the ricotta cheese till its smooth.
  • Now put together your three mixtures. First add the ricotta to the egg yolk mixture and mix well. Then fold in the mascarpone. Be careful not to overdo the mixing.
  • Take a flat bottomed glass bowl. Lightly soak the lady fingers in the chilled coffee, one at a time. Place them next to each other, and layer the base of the dish.
  • Then distribute the cream and ricotta cheese mixture on top.
  • Repeat the step above with a second layer of ladyfingers, and top it with the creamy cheese.
  • Finally grate and sprinkle some bitter chocolate on top and sieve a thin layer of cocoa powder for the finishing touch.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Italian Tiramisu
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 34.1 g43.7%
    Cholesterol 138 mg46%
    Sodium 140 mg6.1%
    Potassium 115 mg2.4%
    Protein 15.1 g30.2%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • Make sure to use fresh eggs. In addition to eggs, fresh ingredients such as cream and cheese provide better results.
    • Use egg and mascarpone cheese at room temperature. In this way, the ingredients combine more easily.
    • Don't soak the cat-tongue biscuits in too much coffee. Otherwise, the dessert may be too juicy.
    • You can also use the base of the sponge cake instead of cat tongue.
    • If you don't want to use cream, you can also option for egg whites.
    • Instead of brandy, you can use marsala, rum or coffee flavored liqueur.
    • Prepare the mixture in a large bowl. This way you can avoid over-mixing the mascarpone mixture.
    • While keeping the tiramisu recipe in the refrigerator, wrap it with stretch film.
    • It is recommended that young children, pregnant women, the elderly or individuals with health problems do not consume foods prepared with raw eggs.
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    A flavor enriched with espresso, mascarpone and brandy! You can easily make this coffee-flavored dessert with a creamy, soft consistency at home. With some tricks, you too can become a skilled dessert chef at home.

    Try our Easy Italian Tiramisu Recipe, a recipe that you can prepare without cooking. Bon Appetit.

    How to Make the Best Italian Dessert Tiramisu?

    Tips for the Best Tiramisu Recipe:

    • Prepare the cream with mascarpone cheese.
    • If you use ladyfingers, make sure you don't get too immersed in the coffee.
    • Lightly cook the egg yolks in hot water.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of starch for the cream to get a good consistency.
    • Prepare the dessert the night before to make it thicker and tastier.
    • Sprinkle the cocoa powder before serving.

    Can I Make The Tiramisu Without Alcohol?

    Tiramisu can be made with or without alcohol. Two types of alcohol are used in making traditional Italian Tiramisu: marsala wine and rum. There is also a need for strong coffee flavor. It gets its taste from the well brewed espresso.

    Most tiramisu recipes contain alcohol or coffee-flavored liqueur. If you want to make the Non-Alcoholic Tiramisu Recipe, you can use espresso, instant coffee or espresso powder instead of alcohol. You can also choose rum flavor.

    What Can You Use Instead Of Marsala In Tiramisu?

    Marsala wine is traditional in Tiramisu. However, instead of marsala wine, you can use dark rum, coffee flavored liqueur or brandy as in our recipe. Marsala wine has a lower alcohol content than rum. For this reason, it will be sufficient to add less ingredients instead of marsala.

    What Can You Use Instead Of Mascarpone Cheese In Tiramisu?

    Is there a substitute for mascarpone when making tiramisu? Mascarpone, a type of cheese made from the cream of milk, has a sweet aroma. Traditional Italian Tiramisu recipes are prepared with this cheese.

    Instead of Mascarpone for the tiramisu recipe; You can use whipped cream, mild cream cheese or ricotta cheese. You can also choose heavy cream. If you want the dessert to be low in calories, you can prepare half the cream with cream cheese and half with ricotta cheese. If you want to increase the sweetness, you can mix cream cheese and heavy cream.

    How to Replace Eggs for Tiramisu?

    Does tiramisu always have raw eggs? Do I have to use raw egg whites to make tiramisu? Are the eggs cooked? Tiramisu is an uncooked dessert. Egg whites are used raw, while the yolks are cooked lightly. The basic ingredient of cream filling is egg yolk. After mixing egg yolks with sugar, you can mix it with mascarpone cheese to make a cream. Preparing the mixture by adding it over slightly boiling water provides a better consistency. You can also prepare tiramisu without using eggs. You can use either raw eggs or whipped cream or heavy cream. Also, if you do not want to use raw eggs, you can prepare the recipe with pasteurized eggs.

    How Do You Fix Runny Tiramisu?

    Why Is My Tiramisu Watery? There may be more than one reason why the tiramisu recipe is watery. One of them is not whipping the cream enough. Another reason is that cat tongue biscuits have absorbed too much coffee.

    If the tiramisu is very watery, refrigerating it overnight will give the dessert a texture.

    You should also quickly dip both sides of the cat tongue biscuits into the coffee. You should place it on the baking tray before it gets too wet.

    To prevent the tiramisu recipe from getting watery, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the cream. Starch will keep the creamy consistency from being watery. You can also option for gelatin instead of starch. You can add gelatin to the cream mixture to make it more viscous.

    How To Store Tiramisu?

    How Long Can I Keep Tiramisu In The Refrigerator? You can keep the remaining Tiramisu cake in the refrigerator for 2 days. By covering it with cling film, you can prevent other foods in the fridge from smelling. Do not store it at room temperature as it contains eggs and mascarpone cheese.

    If you want to store it in the freezer, refrigerate it for at least 4 hours. Put in the freezer in an airtight container or wrapped in foil. You can keep it this way for up to 3 months. This method will be effective if the cake is whole. If the cake is in slices, take care to freeze it after scraping the cream and cocoa on it.

    When you want to consume it, refrigerate it the night before. Then dust with cocoa and cream before serving.

    Can I Make Tiramisu Ahead Of Time?

    To make the best tiramisu cake, the dessert should be refrigerated for at least 8 hours. For this reason, the consistency of the previously prepared tiramisu will be better. You can prepare the dessert before 24 hours.

    How To Serve Tiramisu?

    You can serve it by adding sliced fruit, grated chocolate and cocoa powder to the cake. Also, leave it for 15-20 minutes at room temperature before serving.

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