Tiramisu recipe

Preparation Time: 13 hours

Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert made with coffee soaked lady fingers and a rich mascarpone cheese based custard. It's then sprinkle with cocoa powder for a bit of deep, dark chocolate flavour.


  • 2 x packets sponge lady fingers
  • 1 cup cold espresso coffee mixed with 3 tbsp. almond liquor
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 250ml double cream
  • Cocoa powder


  1. Arrange 4 bowls on your work surface. In one, pour the cold coffee and almond liquor. In another, add the egg yolks, in another, add the egg whites and in another add the cream.

  2. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale yellow, light and fluffy. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.

  3. Dip the sponge fingers one by one into the coffee, very lightly, for about 2-3 seconds. Arrange in a single layer on the bottom of a serving dish.

  4. Add the mascarpone cheese little by little to the egg yolk mixture, whisking until you have a smooth mixture. Carefully fold in the whipped cream, being careful not to knock the air out, then carefully fold in the egg whites, again being careful not to knock the air out.

  5. Spoon a layer of the custard over the biscuits - about a third of it. Top with another layer of soaked biscuits, another layer of custard, another layer of soaked biscuits and then finish with a layer of custard.

  6. Cover and put into the fridge for at least 12 hours so that it can set. Take out of the fridge and right before serving, dust thickly with cocoa powder.

You could add vanilla to the egg yolk mixture at the start to give this tiramisu recipe a hint of vanilla sweetness. Recipe serves 6.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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