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Quick & Easy Tiramisu – Best Ever Recipe

This easy Tiramisu is seriously the best ever recipe I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many tiramisu in my time). It’s not only quick but it’s so simple, uses few ingredients and is an authentic, classic Italian recipe that will never get old! Serve this Tiramisu to your family or friends and they will love you forever!

A close up shot of a square of easy Tiramisu on a white plate with a gold fork

Ok, ok big statement I know, best ever Tiramisu recipe? Well, it is according to me and I haven’t had any complaints from anyone that’s tried it. Ohhh no, second portions are always requested sometimes even thirds…I ain’t judging no one!

The thing about this easy tiramisu recipe is that it has the perfect balance of coffee and creamy flavours…not forgetting the booze. Gotta have some booze in a Tiramisu or I’m not having it (joking).

Seriously though, I always use coffee liqueur to make a traditional Tiramisu. It gives it an extra kick of coffee without it being overpowering and it’s truly delicious. You can use other liqueurs but I don’t think it gives the authentic flavour that a coffee liqueur does.

Tip: If you’re making this for kids you could omit the liqueur altogether if you prefer or you could cut it down by half which I would advise for this recipe in particular. 

Liqueurs You Can Use To Make Tiramisu;

  • Coffee Liqueur (my favourite and recommended)
  • Frangelico (a hazelnut liqueur, delicious)
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Amaretto

So What Does Tiramisu Mean?

  • A little fun fact for you here; Tiramisu translates as “pick me up” in a cheer me up kinda way. What better way to cheer yourself up than a big square of fluffy, light and creamy Italian goodness. OK, it’s settled from now on whenever I’m sad just bring me Tiramisu!

How To Make This Traditional Easy Tiramisu – Step By Step

First, you need to divide the egg yolk and egg whites in two separate bowls and add 3 tbsps of sugar to each. Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy (photo 1).

Then continue to the egg yolks and whisk those with an electric whisk until pale and thick (photo 2).

Add the coffee liqueur to the egg yolks followed by the mascarpone and mix together until smooth (photos 3-6).

Tip: Make sure the mascarpone is room temperature before starting this recipe. It will make it much easier to mix into the yolks and you’ll have fewer lumps to deal with.

Step by step photos for making an easy Tiramisu

Next, add one third of the whisked egg whites to the mascarpone mixture and gently fold it in as you would with a cake batter. Continue with the remaining whites a third at a time until it’s completed incorporated (photos 7-8).

Mix the espresso and coffee liqueur in a shallow bowl and dip in the lady fingers (savoiardi biscuits). You want to dip them into the liquid quickly (around 3-5 seconds) whilst turning to soak each side.

Lay the ladyfingers in a glass or ceramic dish until you have one even layer. You can brake some biscuits to fit your dish (photos 11 & 12).

Next, add half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits and spread out in an even layer, top with some grated dark chocolate (photos 13 & 14).

Continue with another layer of ladyfingers and mascarpone as directed above. Finally, dust with cocoa powder and chill in the fridge for roughly 6-8 hours (photos 17-19).

Step by step process shots for how to make an easy Tiramisu

Tips For Making This Easy Tiramisu;

  • Always start whisking the egg whites first and then go on to the egg yolks. If you add yolk to the whites they will collapse and won’t become stiff peaks and glossy like you need them (unless you wash you beaters first). Adding whites to yolk is fine!
  • Make sure the mascarpone is room temperature to avoid lumps when mixing into the yolks.
  • The cocoa powder will darken as it soaks into the mascarpone mixture in the fridge, you can add an extra sprinkling just before serving if you prefer.
  • Leave the Tiramisu in the fridge for at least 6 hours, overnight is even better. This gives the ladyfingers a chance to soften and soak up the flavours and gives the whole dessert a chance to develop and become extra delicious.

This dessert is truly an all time favourite of mine and that’s why I’m sharing it with you. I mean you can’t have an Italian food blog without a Tiramisu, right?!

I know there are a million recipes out there and I know you’ve probably tried it yourself many times but this is my very best recipe, true to the traditional dessert that I’ve tried over the years living in Italy.

An overhead shot of a slice of tiramisu on a white plate with chocolate at the side

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5 from 6 votes
A close up of an easy Tiramisu on a plate
Easy Tiramisu Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This easy Tiramisu is seriously the best ever recipe I've tried (and I've tried many tiramisu in my time). It's not only quick but it's so simple, uses few ingredients and is an authentic, classic Italian recipe that will never get old! Serve this Tiramisu recipe to your family or friends and they will love you forever!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 470 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1.1 lbs (500g) mascarpone
  • 24 (roughly) ladyfingers (savoiardi biscuits)
  • 6.7 fl oz (200ml) Espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate , grated
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 7 tbsp coffee liqueur
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. First, you need to divide the egg yolk and egg whites in two separate bowls and add 3 tbsps of sugar to each. Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy.

  2. Then continue to the egg yolks and whisk those with an electric whisk until pale and thick.
  3. Add 4 tbsp of coffee liqueur to the egg yolks followed by the mascarpone and mix together until smooth.

  4. Next, add one third of the whisked egg whites to the mascarpone mixture and gently fold it in as you would with a cake batter. Continue with the remaining whites a third at a time until it's completed incorporated.
  5. Mix the espresso and 3 tbsp coffee liqueur in a shallow bowl and dip in the lady fingers (savoiardi biscuits). You want to dip them into the liquid quickly (around 3-5 seconds) whilst turning to soak each side.
  6. Lay the ladyfingers in a glass or ceramic dish until you have one even layer. You can brake some biscuits to fit your dish .
  7. Next, add half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits and spread out in an even layer, top with some grated dark chocolate.
  8. Continue with another layer of ladyfingers and mascarpone as directed above. Finally, dust with cocoa powder and chill in the fridge for roughly 6-8 hours.
Recipe Notes

Tips For Making This Easy Tiramisu;

  • Always start whisking the egg whites first and then go on to the egg yolks. If you add yolk to the whites they will collapse and won't become stiff peaks and glossy like you need them (unless you wash you beaters first). Adding whites to yolk is fine!
  • Make sure the mascarpone is room temperature to avoid lumps when mixing into the yolks.
  • The cocoa powder will darken as it soaks into the mascarpone mixture in the fridge, you can add an extra sprinkling just before serving if you prefer.
  • Leave the Tiramisu in the fridge for at least 6 hours, overnight is even better. This gives the ladyfingers a chance to soften and soak up the flavours and gives the whole dessert a chance to develop and become extra delicious.
  • I used an 8x10 inch dish to make this Tiramisu you may need more or less ladyfingers according to your dish size.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tiramisu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 15g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 21.5%
Calcium 10.9%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Dina-Marie
    April 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I love Tiramisu – it is one of my absolute favorite desserts! And, EASY is always in style for my kitchen!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      It soooo good, isn’t it? I always find myself going for seconds and never regret it haha

  • Reply
    monika
    April 15, 2018 at 1:50 am

    is there ANY other cheese or something else that I can use in place of the mascarpone?
    Mascarpone is SO expensive!
    Can I use some good quality cream cheese (NOT Philadelphia)?

  • Reply
    monika
    April 15, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I LOVE your step-by-step instructions with pictures! It makes so easy to follow. Thank you.

    I would love to follow my heart and go live where that is…WHere are you originally from? Do you speak ITalian?

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 15, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Hi Monika, thanks so much I’m so happy the photos make things easier. I would use a mix of heavy cream and good quality cream cheese to replace the mascarpone, I’ve never tried it but I’m sure it would work great. I’m originally from Scotland and been living in Italy for 4 years so I’ve managed to pick up the language quite well 😀

  • Reply
    Albert Bevia
    April 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    I´m a sucker for tiramisu, and homemade is always so much better than store-bought! your tiraisu looks amazing, and now I know what tiramisu means!!! yay

  • Reply
    Deanna
    April 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I love Tiramisu! It is the best recipe!! YUM!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    April 13, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    This is literally super easy! I love easy recipes that are delicious and I do need a tasty tiramisu recipe to have at hand!

  • Reply
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    April 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I love your step-by-step photos. You can see just how luscious that filling is! Looks incredible.

  • Reply
    Dannii
    April 13, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    This is my husbands favourite dessert, but I have never tried making it. Will have to try your super easy recipe.

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    April 13, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I love tiramisu so much and can’t wait to try your recipe.

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