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Tiramisu - Authentic Recipe!

The easiest and most delicious Tiramisu recipe! This authentic Italian dessert is rich and creamy but as light as air made with coffee dunked Savoiardi (lady fingers), a smooth and creamy mascarpone filling and dusted with cacao powder to finish it off. Perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mascarpone (500g)
  • 24 (roughly) Savoiardi biscuits (lady fingers)
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee (230ml)
  • 3 tablespoon dark chocolate , grated
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoon coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  • First, you need to divide the egg yolk and egg whites in two separate bowls and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to each. Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy.
  • Then continue to the egg yolks and whisk those with an electric whisk until pale and thick.
  • Add the mascarpone and mix together until smooth and creamy.
  • 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.
  • Mix the espresso and 4 tablespoon coffee liqueur in a shallow bowl and dip in the lady fingers (savoiardi biscuits). You want to dip them into the liquid quickly (around 2-3 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 .
  • Next, add half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits and spread out in an even layer, top with some grated dark chocolate.
  • 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.

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Notes

  • Whisking the eggs - make sure you don't get any egg yolk in the egg whites before beating them. If you do they will collapse and won't become stiff peaks and glossy like you need them.
  • Liqueur - other than coffee liqueur you could use amaretto, dark rum, marsala, brandy, or Frangelico.
  • Savoiardi - it's really important to use Italian Savoiardi cookies, Pavensini are another good option or ladyfingers but make sure they are crisp in texture and not soft.
  • Topping - 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.
  • Let it rest - Leave the Tiramisu in the fridge for at least 6 hours, overnight is even better. This gives the Savoiardi or ladyfingers a chance to soften and soak up the flavours and gives the whole dessert a chance to develop and become extra delicious.
  • Size of dish used - I used an 8x10 inch dish to make this Tiramisu you may need more or less ladyfingers according to your dish size.
  • Storage - will keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1.5mg