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Classic Tiramisu Recipe
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Classic Tiramisu
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Classic Tiramisu

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"Classic Italian dessert made with ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese. It can be made in a trifle bowl or a springform pan."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  3. Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 06, 2003

Just a reply to MCCREARY74's comment about the Ladyfingers being so hard. When I first made Tiramisu (a different recipe), I went to my local supermarket and bought the only type of Ladyfingers they offered. They were hard as rocks (like Stella D'oro breakfast cookies), and even had a picture of Tiramisu on the package (No, they weren't just stale). You need to buy the soft variety. I have not come across a Tiramisu recipe that distinguishes between the two kinds of Ladyfingers. My Ladyfingers did not absorb the liquids when following the directions to dip them for just a few seconds--and turned out unpleasantly chewy. Hope this info helps avert a first time flop for some Tiramisu lover.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 09, 2011

You can never go wrong having tiramisu, yet you can mess up during the making of. Some tips: Melt the sugar down to a syrup in the double broiler with a bit of water. Then in a separate bowl combine syrup with egg yolks and whisk to the thick lemon yellow consistency. This made it much easier since it was my first time with a double broiler. Plus with this method all the sugar melts and the yolks won't end up being cooked.

Jun 09, 2004

This was EXCELLENT! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this Tiramisu is. I have some points to make, 1. it's EASY, 2. It's great that the eggs are cooked, 3. I didn't add any vanilla at all even though I was worried that since there were 6 egg yolks it will have this eggy smell, but it didn't, 4. I only used espresso and no coffee liquer (1/2 cup water and 2 tbsp of coffee), 5. I chilled the bowl that I was planning on beating the whipping cream in, make sure to get the whipping cream that looks like a milk carton in teh fridges, and not the 'whipped' cream. 6. Mascarpone cheese isn't hard to find but it's expensive $8.99., 7. Make sure to use the soft lady fingers, if you go to a large grocery store you wont' have a hard time finding them, I bought 3 10 oz packages, 8. I refrigerated the mascarpone/egg mix while I was beating the whipping cream. 9. And this might be helpful, use a cheese cake pan, chill it, and the next morning you can just pop the tiramisu out. It looked beuatiful! I decorated it with some fresh raspberries and slices of strawberries, shredded chocolate and dusted cocoa powder. Took it to work and everyone oooed and aahhhed at it. It tasted very very good!!!! Keeper! By the way, it's important you chill over night.

Oct 11, 2003

This is awesome! Same recipie fromback of the ladyfinger package, except they gave a wonderful substitute for the marcapone cheese, it's one 8 oz package of cream cheese, 1/4 cup sour cream and 2 tbs heavy cream, whipped together...this was the best dessert I've ever made! I brushed on really potent coffee, no alcohol, and it was a great, light, coffee and chocolate taste!

Apr 28, 2009

My friends love this Tiramisu and I love serving it. I substitute the Mascarpone cheese with 8oz of cream cheese, one-fourth cup heavy cream and 3 tablespoons of sour cream. I use 2, 3oz packs of soft ladyfingers (bought from the bakery section of the local Kroger). I don't use coffee liquer, so I substitute with espresso (half cup water + 2 tablespoons instant coffee). Serve it in a 3QT dish. Suggest keeping this dessert in the fridge overnight. This Tiramisu is divine - thank you Carol for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Dec 16, 2006

I have made this many times, LOVE it and get tons of compliments!!! Here is a summary of the tips I use from other reviewers: 1. I scale the recipe to 10 servings so I can just use the 8 oz. container of mascarpone cheese. 2. I use the Savoiardi style hard ladyfingers, buy them in a 17.5 oz. Package (which has 60 ladyfingers) and use about 32. I do not split the ladyfingers. Also, I have used the soft ones from Trader Joes but do not like the result as much. 3. I like to layer the dessert in a loaf shape. Yes, your "filling" should be thick enough to do this! I sometimes use two 9.5 c “Ziploc” containers and make two, 2-layer desserts 2-go or 2-gift! 4. I use a hand-held electric mixer when cooking the egg yolks & sugar (for the full 10 min. on low heat). 5. I refrigerate the mascarpone mix while beating the HEAVY whipping cream, in a chilled bowl, until it is super stiff. 5. Instead of the Kahlua, I make two 6 oz. cups of extra strong coffee (4 TBSP coffee per 6 oz water). I dunk the ladyfingers completely, but quickly, in the coffee. 6. It is even better a day or two later and has a wonderful ice-cream quality if you can freeze/thaw it before serving! Thanks so much for the recipe Carol!

Nov 22, 2006

It is wonderful! But mascarpone cheese is really expensive, i found a substitute... 8 oz cream cheese 2 tsp of sour cream and 2 tsp of heavy cream combined.

Aug 19, 2006

excellent recipe!!!! rave reviews from everyone!!! i found that i had to 1/2 the sugar. also, the double boiler must be on the lowest heat setting!! too high will cause the egg to cook and clump, and must be cooked for the full 10 minutes, otherwise sugar grains will appear in your tiramisu. also i accidentally went out of order the first time and whipped the cream first. bad idea. the whole tiramisu came out runny (as the whipped cream had slightly melted). the tiramisu consistency highly depends on the whipped cream consistency!!!! excellent recipe, have made a dozen times!!


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  • Calories
  • 568 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.6 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 303 mg
  • 101%
  • Fat
  • 31.8 g
  • 49%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 113 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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