Classic Tiramisù Recipe

on April 27, 2021

Find out how to make a perfect tiramisu quickly and easily. Here is the classic recipe, with ladyfingers, mascarpone, eggs and espresso coffee.


Classic Tiramisù:
Preparation: 1h 45min - Difficulty: Easy
Portions: 8 people - Cost: Medium


  • 18oz Mascarpone 
  • 10oz Ladyfingers biscuits
  • 10oz Sugar
  • 6 Fresh egg yolks
  • 4 cups of long espresso coffee
  • Cocoa powder


  1.  Find out how to quickly and easily make a perfect tiramisu, classic recipe, with ladyfingers, mascarpone and a touch of marsala! Tiramisu, the Italian dessert par excellence, during the holidays but not only. The original recipe includes a few ingredients, mascarpone, eggs, sugar, ladyfingers, coffee and cocoa powder and a drop of marsala in the mascarpone and egg cream, rebalancing the taste. To make a good tiramisu, start by beating the egg yolks with the sugar, until they become white and frothy. Add the Marsala, then the mascarpone and mix to obtain a homogeneous cream. 

  2. Beat the egg whites with the hand whisk or with the electric ones: if you use the manual whisk, choose it of large dimensions in order to incorporate more air. Add the whipped egg whites to the egg yolks and mascarpone mixture, mixing the cream from bottom to top. Prepare the coffees and let them cool. Pour the cold coffee into a large bowl; gradually soak the ladyfingers on both sides, quickly, to prevent them from getting too wet, then place them on the bottom of a rectangular baking dish, side by side (ours is 20x25 cm, h 4-5 cm). 
  3.  Cover the ladyfingers with a layer of cream. Repeat the operation until all the ingredients are used up, finishing with the cream. Let it cool in the fridge for an hour and, when ready to serve, sprinkle the surface with a uniform veil of sifted cocoa.
  4.  If you prefer, heat the mixture of egg yolks and sugar  in a saucepan in a bain-marie and bring it to 82° C (pasteurization temperature), stirring quickly so as not to make it thicken; once cold add the mascarpone. If you do not have a cooking thermometer, remove the cream from the heat when mixing it will veil the spoon. This way you will avoid the risks associated with eating raw eggs.

The classic tiramisu recipe provides very specific rules regarding the choice of ingredients: starting from the biscuits, which must be strictly ladyfingers, up to the ingredients of the cream. Despite this, the recipe for the most loved dessert of all has countless modifications and alternatives. For example, you can also make tiramisu without eggs. One of the most popular variants is the strawberry tiramisu, but it is not the only one. 

Another delicious way to revisit this recipe is to add chocolate flakes to the cream, or immediately create a dark chocolate cream, for an even more decisive touch. You can unleash your creativity, also thinking of a pistachio tiramisu, where the mascarpone cream will be stuffed with pistachios sweet cream, for an exquisite result.

Once you have learned how to prepare tiramisu, you can also serve it in small portions of two or in round or rectangular molds and then obtain various slices, to your liking.


slice of tasty tiramisu

There are a few simple tricks that will guarantee you an amazing and delicious result. First of all, choose the biscuits well for your tiramisu; in fact, they must be soft and flat in order to absorb the coffee and maintain a soft consistency, ladyfingers are the perfect choice.

6 medium eggs and 500g of mascarpone are the doses for 6 people but, if you want to make a smaller tiramisu, just halve the doses.

The tiramisu cream must not be too liquid or loose, it is very important to whisk the egg whites well with a whisk, in order to guarantee creaminess and frothiness.

It is preferable to make coffee with the Italian coffee mocha, since the soluble one has a less strong taste. Once ready, let it cool and stretch it with a little water and dip the biscuits quickly, to prevent them from becoming too soft or even falling apart.

If you are wondering which liqueur to use in tiramisu, to give the egg and mascarpone cream a more delicious taste, we suggest you add a little Marsala liqueur or (Sicilian sweet wine), in the case of strawberry tiramisu, a drop of limoncello in the syrup. For a tasty recipe that is also suitable for children * you can add a few drops of orange essence to the cream.

Finally, be careful to cover it with strictly bitter cocoa, so as to create a delicious contrast with the sweetness of the cream. For best results, pass the cocoa through a sieve before sprinkling it on the tiramisu.

Remember that tiramisu must be served cold, and therefore you must let it rest in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to reach the ideal temperature and texture.


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