The Best Tiramisu You Will Ever Make

Up until this week, I always thought the best Tiramisu I ever had was in Rome, at this sweet little restaurant right near the Spanish Steps….sigh, I think I’ve changed my mind.   My girls at school wanted to learn to make Tiramisu, I have made it at home for years, it was good, very creamy and delicious, but I was never thrilled with how it held up.  So I started trolling for recipes and let me tell you there are as many different Tiramisu recipes as there are Italian grandmothers, each with their own little twist.
What I did find was a recipe that took me back to a time when life was simpler, when food had become something almost magical to me, something I could feel down inside of me, something that I new I could do.  With all that I had gone through, I was amazed I could do anything. This had been a gift from God and Mama Jeanette taught me how to use it.Of course things would change, time would pass, and all that Mama Jeanette had told me would happen, happened.  Life had been a series of ups and downs, but through it all I could cook, and no matter how bad things got, when I was in the kitchen and creating meals, life was good and I was happy, and that’s what got me through it all.   But again I digress, something are better left unsaid, but sometimes I feel compelled to tell my story, I hope you can bear with me through those times.One of life’s simpler pleasures had always been dessert, in what ever form it took, and my first introduction to Tiramisu would be in the form of a pudding, but with out the ladyfingers.  That silky delicate cream overflowing with flavor, would offer that “Taste of Heaven” as Mama called it, and have you begging for another serving………..sigh

It wasn’t until many years later that I learned to make this dessert with ladyfingers.  I had been the Chef at an Italian restaurant that had been sold, and as it is in some cases, I went along with the pots and pans.  The new owners changed the menu from Italian to Italian / French and I would be responsible for the desserts (I was forced to learn to bake)  The new owner had only asked me if I could prepare 3 menu items,  Cream of Crab Soup, Rack of Lamb and Tiramisu.  My rack of lamb was said to be better than Le Bec Fin, and my crab soup was legendary……..but as far as I knew (or could remember) I had never made Tiramisu.

What I came up with was quite a different product than you will see today, I think saying it had a velvety texture would have been a good way to describe it, but it was too loose for anything but a dessert glass. Luckily it was delicious and well received.  I have played with that recipe over the years, but it never really set the way I wanted it to………and then I remembered, it all came back to me.

What I am going to share with you today is a blend of Mama’s “Taste of Heaven” and my Tiramisu,
It came out better than I could have expected, and is now my standard for Tiramisu…..well, at least until I get back to Rome!  I hope you enjoy it .

4.9 from 34 reviews
The Best Tiramisu You Will Ever Make
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1¼ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 -7oz packages Italian Lady fingers
  • 1 cup cold espresso
  • ½ cup coffee flavored Liqueur (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa for dusting
Instructions
  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. This is your sabayon, remove from the heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add Mascarpone to whipped yolks, beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone sabayon mixture and set aside.
  5. Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor and dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, do not soak them!
  6. Arrange the lady fingers in the bottom of a 9 inch square baking dish (or container similarly sized)
  7. Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers.
  8. Repeat process with another layer of lady fingers and cream.
  9. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  10. Dust with cocoa before serving

 

After all my years of making Tiramisu, I do have to say this is my best effort.  The cream would also make very nice individual servings in dessert glasses, with or with out the ladyfingers.  Feel free to use any cookie in the bottom of the glass, or serve it with a lady finger as a garnish.

If you do try this dessert, I promise you won’t be disappointed, just make sure you have the recipe printed out for any of your friends that are lucky enough to try it……..I mean who wouldn’t want a little taste of heaven to take home with them!!

Have a great week my friends, it looks like spring has finally arrived, so we should have some good weather!  I’m finally caught up on my sleep, and my contractors will be here tomorrow to begin work, life is good!  I have narrowed down my range choices….its looking like a wolf, GE Monogram, or a Jenn Air, I just haven’t decided yet…sigh….  If any one has any experience with these ranges please feel free to offer your sage advice.

Till next time……

Comments

  1. Your bold title just caught my eye (how could it not?) – Tiramisu might be one of my favorite all time desserts, but I've had too many versions that disappoint that I've always avoided making my own. I'm absolutely going to try yours, it looks just how it is supposed to look and I'm sure tastes even better.

  2. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom says:

    Just looking at your tiramisu photo perked me up. This is such a logical and straightforward recipe. The Kahlua would definitely not be optional for me – must have a lovely coffee liquer flavor in every bite.

    Good luck with your range decision and the contractors. Can't wait to see your revamped kitchen.

  3. I'm not a huge sweet eater (except for Tiramisu)and I would have sworn my cousin's recipe was the best but I am giving you gold stars – because yours is the classic. It has all the rich flavors in spades and the photos asks for a spoon. Oh, no pressure or anything – but the legendary crab soup – is that posted?

    Cooking is a balm isn't it – through thick and thin – it's a beautiful constant.

    • This recipe was awesome! I followed the recipe except I used 3/4 of a cup of sugar and 12 ounces of lady fingers. It turned out amazing! I might even try less sugar next time. Very good recipe!!!

  4. That tiramisu looks like heaven on a plate!

  5. Kate from Scratch says:

    Amazing! I've only made one tiramisu in my lifetime (so far) and that was the limoncello tiramisu. I chose that one because classic is so difficult to perfect. You've inspired me. Thanks for the recipe, the final product will be thoroughly revelled in.

    p.s. You should do a cannoli post too. Not for selfish purposes, I swear. :-X But, I really like cannoli filling.

  6. Super yum! That's a classic to keep.

  7. Mindy@whiskibusiness.com says:

    I Must confess….I have never had Tiramisu. I know how un-American of me…or un-Italian. Wait, I'm not Italian, although I've been told I look Italian–Big COMPLIMENT!! I think of Sophia Loren. Anyway, now I must make this. Just the picture made my mouth water and I can't wait!!!

  8. This tiramisu looks phenomenal!! One of my all-time favorite desserts, and your version looks like one I definitely have to try!

  9. Kate@Diethood says:

    Chef, believe it or not, I was just about to start whisking up a Tiramisu… I left the eggs out for a few minutes … got on my comp…and here, right in front of me stands a delicious photo of your tiramisu. I love this dessert!! My recipe is just a wee bit different, but not much.

  10. Looks so sinful, but in a good way!

  11. Absurd Baker says:

    I love Tiramisu and this recipe sounds exactly as you said: the best ever. Oh dear! I will have to take a break from the oven and make this !!!! Wow! And when I think about the classy espresso coffee, oh, and the cocoa. Bye now chef, I will have to go and find some Italian lady fingers!

  12. Pegasuslegend says:

    This really looks awesome…. I have never been able to bring myself to eat raw eggs… but this may make me change my mind… gorgeous!

  13. Your Tiramisu does look heavenly-I wish my spoon could dip through the screen and swipe a bite or two!
    Your recipe looks so easy to make, that I will have to try this myself soon.
    I enjoy reading your blog and hearing your life stories and lessons. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. I follow almost the exact recipe and it was a huge hit for xmas this year. Even the die hard tiramisu fans said it was the best. I have an aunt that moved to Italy some time ago, she works as a tranlator and previously ran a cooking school and restaurant. She has offered me a simpler tiramisu recipe and I am anxious/curious to try it…I can't imagine anything being better than this recipe. Will share once I get my hands on it. She can be found cooking in her kitchen in Lucca, Italy (cooking in lucca). Thanks for sharing, your pic looks beautiful.

  15. Rebecca from Chow and Chatter says:

    oh this looks wonderful and your right about how therapeutic cooking is

  16. Island Vittles says:

    Chef D! I love the look of your classic tiramisu — it looks delicious, and the recipe is much simpler than others I've seen. The girls must have loved it! Theresa

  17. Chris's Gourmet Fashion says:

    Your Tiramisu looks awesome – like I could just pick up a spoon and start eating it (hey this should be a Foodbuzz top 9). I usually don't are make tiramisu because my husband makes this really good one (one of those recipes from grandma that never get written down!) maybe I will try to surprise him one of these days – definitely bookmarking this!

  18. Oh my Chef, this looks divine! You are so right about the many different recipes and twists available out there! Sometimes it is definitely best to put together a combination of a twists to make your own. Where is my forkÉ

  19. YUM, this looks SO good! :)

  20. I can't wait to try this recipe. Tiramisu is one of my absolute favorite dessert! I'm going to a Ravioli party on Friday and I think I make this one and bring it! Thanks for the recipe!

    juliesmeltingpot.com

  21. I admit I had a hard time reading this email, the photo looks so tempting. It must be DELICIOUS!

    Have a wonderful week!

  22. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    I've never tried to make my own tiramisu and that's sad. The ones I've had at restaurants are just ok at best – this one however, well it really really looks amazing! I love how the espresso liquor mixture has perfectly soaked the ladyfingers and that the marscapone zabaglione mixture is a cloud of deliciousness surrounding them. Take a bow Chef, this one looks amazing!!

  23. All That's Left Are The Crumbs says:

    Your tiramisu looks just like a taste of heaven. It is one of my favorite desserts and I just love the coffee and cream taste. I am very much looking forward to trying this recipe.

  24. I have never used whipped cream for my mascarpone cream and I do not cook the eggs. You said it right… I'd say every Italian family has its own tiramisu' recipe! :-)
    Yours looks yummy!!!

  25. Tastemonials says:

    Dennis,
    I don't know which GE Profile you are considering, but I have a new solid surface cooktop and I hate it. It takes forever to get hot and then it is suddenly far hotter than you would expect for the setting. We've burned a lot of food in the last six months.My 20 year old one worked much better.

  26. Dulce Dough says:

    Dennis–great story along with a great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it! I am printing this one out and look forward to trying it!

  27. wow…looks so yummy.. I made this last week but without the liquor.Ur clicks are making me droool….
    Love ur presentation….

  28. Betty @ scrambled henfruit says:

    I'm not from an Italian family and I just discovered tiramisu a few years ago and love it. Yours is absolutely beautiful! :)

  29. Sandie (Sandie's Bitchin' Kitchen) says:

    Chef Dennis,
    This looks AMAZING!! I've never made my own tiramisu before, even though I love it, but I think I'm gonna have to give it a try now! YUM!!

  30. The Harried Cook says:

    Thank you, Chef Dennis for another awesome recipe! I made Tiramisu once and gave up on it because though it tasted great, it was all runny! I think I'll give this recipe a try soon! :) Thanks!

  31. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    You just reminded me that I haven't made tiramisu in a very long time. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  32. thecompletecookbook says:

    Well, let's just say that that is heaven on a plate and perfectly photographed at that.
    Chef, thanks for sharing such a beautiful recipe.
    :-) Mandy

  33. Firefly@fireflyblog.org says:

    It looks amazing. I love tiramisu and can't wait to try your recipe. The one I make is similar, but it's just not as perfect as this one :D

  34. Christine's Pantry says:

    Looks great! I've never tried to make my own tiramisu.

  35. Michael Toa says:

    Chef, Tiramisu is my favourite thing in the world. I absolutely love tiramisu. Yours looks superb!

  36. Blackswan says:

    I love Tiramisu & enjoy making them. But I found the most difficult part is cutting. Even putting my knife in cold water doesn't help sometimes :<

    • The great part about tiramisu is that it doesn’t need to look perfect. It can be served in a dessert dish!!

  37. For years I've been searching for the best tiramisu recipe…and I think I've finally found it!!! This is one of my oldest's favorite desserts…I'm printing and saving this. Thanks, Dennis!

  38. the constant hunger says:

    I agree with Lizzy. I've been looking for a recipe to create one of my favorite desserts. I printed this out and will attack this next weekend.

  39. PS…my brand new Jenn-Air oven has had 12 service calls since purchased in November..and it is still not fixed. Just my experience, but I'm not a happy baker!

  40. lostpastremembered says:

    I had a favorite tiramisu recipe, cut from a magazine a zilllion years ago… it disappeared!!! This looks so perfect, thanks for the great recipe!!!

    PS the orange rosemary cake was incredible… shared it with blogger pals this weekend and will write about it… thanks!!!

  41. Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} says:

    You have me convinced! My husband's favorite dessert is Tiramisu but I have been hesitant (well pretty much terrified) to make it at home. But if this comes from your kitchen I will try it because you are a super-star! Hubby's bday is in May so you'll be hearing form me soon! :) ♥- K

  42. savoringeverybite says:

    I love Tiramisu and I definitely must try your recipe as I have tested out many other recipes not finding the perfect taste and texture for my preference. The photo looks delish! I'l love to see your recipes for crab soup and rack of lamb someday :)

  43. Parsley Sage says:

    Its so cool how cooking can help to ground you. Make you think about the things that are really important. Or help you not think at all ;) It's always exactly what I need. Sounds like your Gramma knew all about that :)

    Ace recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  44. Pretend Chef says:

    Just from your photography I can tell this would be the best ever! Oh my Chef Dennis! You have me sitting here needing a napkin to wipe away the drool. Wow! I need to try this now!

  45. Looks absolutely to die for!!! YUM!

  46. I am super excited to try this! I always thought the difference between tiramisu or really any dessert in europe and the same dessert here in america is the quality of ingredients. I am glad to hear that this tiramisu beats that of your favorite in Italy!

  47. Susan Lindquist says:

    Oh Chef!

    I DO love a good tiramisu and thought I had the best recipe! But I think you've shown me up big-time! Here in New England, we love the Red Sox and sing 'Sweet Caroline' during the games … there's one line in the song "good times never seemed so good – SO GODD SO GOOD SO GOOD! That line describes your tiramisu too!

  48. Jenn from Much to My Delight says:

    And…I just found out how to thank my boyfriend for preparing my taxes. He is going to die over this!!

    PS: We the public demand the recipe for your legendary crab soup!!

  49. RavieNomNoms says:

    I have never attempted to make Tiramisu…this looks so fantastic! So pretty! I really love everything you have going on here and your pictures are just gorgeous…as always!

  50. Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen says:

    Really? It's That easy? I know how to make GF ladyfingers, and have made a spring-like tiramisu, but haven't ever tried the traditional! I think I'm making this for Easter!
    As for the ranges- I'd be happy with any that you mentioned- but I'd go for induction- hands down. With a professional grade hood. Oh- to design my dream kitchen some day. Have fun with your remodel!

  51. Jennifurla says:

    I have never been crazy about this dessert in particular, but you might sway me to try your version. Sounds great.

  52. I have never made tiramisu either, but now I want to try. My Mom had a beautiful trifle bowl, and I'm going to make for her. She never made trifle in the bowl, but just liked the bowl.

  53. A bold claim…but I believe you! It certainly looks amazing, and I can see that you came at this from a well-researched perspective. Bookmarking to try!

  54. Torviewtoronto says:

    delicious looking tiramisu looks fabulous we enjoy the same way :)

  55. tiramisu always my favourite i love it but never try to make , this looks awesome , i should collect my courage and give a try.. good job as usual;)

  56. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Dennis, this tiramisu is pure perfection! Great job on it and thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to pocket this one to try sometime this season! :)

  57. Susie Bee on Maui says:

    Looks perfect and thanks for sharing a bit of the back story. I think I might give it a go as individual servings in martini glasses.

    Re the stove, I had a GE Monogram stove which was just OK; neighbors had Profile line and had lots of problems.

    Enjoy the remodel-can we see photos?

  58. This looks incredible! I love those recipes that take years and many trials to perfect. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing it!

  59. Brooks at Cakewalker says:

    I like Mama Jeanette! Chef, you've found a standard for Tiramisu that is spot on…even the lady fingers are perfectly soaked. Not to mention your photographic finesse at capturing the image – a picture that guided my finger to clicking "print" for the recipe. Thank you good man for sharing your sweet story and a bit of your soul.

  60. Wendy Irene says:

    I can't wait to see which stove you pick! It will be fun to see the pics and videos from your new kitchen :) Somehow we have snow today! I still can't believe it. Red Robbins and snow. Have a great week!

  61. Daydreamer Desserts says:

    I'm so glad, and I'm sure all here will agree; forcing you to learn to bake was the right thing to do! :)

  62. I have been craving tiramisu for MONTHS. Why have I not made it myself? I can't say. No excuse now! Can't wait to hear about your new range!

  63. briarrose says:

    Lovely….I have an empty plate right here you can slide that piece right on over. ;)

  64. mangiabella says:

    Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert EVER! I once went on a cruise and ate Tiramisu every single night of that vacation haha – I am definitely for the lady fingers and can't wait to try your recipe (I had only tried Giada's recipe prior which came out wonderfully) ~ and I think you know this by now, but I always love hearing more of "your story"…….

  65. Big Dude says:

    I'm not a big dessert eater, but Tiramisu is one of Bev's favorites and I'm sure she'll be trying it soon.

  66. Happy When Not Hungry says:

    This looks amazing! I love Tiramisu and finding a great recipe is always difficult. Will def have to try!

  67. bookmarked! yum! can't wait to try it, the custard especially looks gorgeous.

  68. foodtravelandwine says:

    I want a piece!!….but a big one!!….it looks very yummy!!……….Abrazotes, Marcela

  69. Looks great Chef Dennis! It's so funny, I recently was trying to find a good Tiramisu recipe for a friend. I can totally go a piece of this!

  70. Ria Mathew says:

    I would love to eat the whole batch of it! It looks too good, will give it a try for our easter dinner :) Thanks!

  71. I never thought I liked tiramisu, but then I tried it at my best friend's wedding…it was DIVINE! And I'm sure that your recipe would be even better. You are Chef Dennis after all! Thank you for sharing with me today. Your creations and your appreciation for good food and a full life are inspiring. It is always a pleasure to visit you. I hope you have a bountiful week!

  72. Marguerite says:

    Your Tiramisu looks sinfully delicious, Dennis! I love desserts with Kahlua, so I will definitely be giving this a try. There's an award for you at my place!

  73. Andrea (A to Z - food and travel) says:

    Wow, this looks indeed like a perfect Tiramisu. This is by far my favorite dessert, in all its variations.

  74. Jill@MadAboutMacarons says:

    Dennis, who needs to go to Italy when there's this heaven on a plate? I love Tiramisu if it's well done and funnily enough, the best I've had hasn't been in Italy! I need to try out your recipe, though, Chef. Looks like we're in for a treat!

  75. Tickled Red says:

    I would like to place an order for breakfast please. A big piece, no skimping. Yum!That's gorgeous!

  76. Great story, I laughed about how you went along with the pots and pans. They really lucked out with that decision!! This Tiramisu looks absolutely perfect and I can't wait to try it! This is bookmarked!!

  77. The Mistress of Spices says:

    This sounds and looks like a piece of heaven on a plate! Tiramisu has always been one of my favorite desserts, but I've never attempted to make it on my own. Your recipe sounds so good and simple that I will just have to now! I also love your thoughts about how cooking has carried you through life…I totally hear you on that! P.S. What type of coffee liquor do you usually use? I assume that Kahlua would be OK?

  78. This look amazing!!!! gloria

  79. Emily Malloy says:

    This tiramisu is PERFECTION! Truly, well done!

  80. Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes says:

    Please save me a slice, I'll be right over! LOL!! I'll bring the latte's! Looks absolutely decadent!

  81. anniebakes says:

    Keep on with your stories, we love them and get to learn a little about what made you, you!

    In my previous home we bought it with Jenn-Air appliances, thinking it was a nice upgrade, but in fact they were junk! I think the company may have changed hands since 8 years ago, but I have since switched to Bosch and absolutely LOVE them!! anne

  82. Brindusa says:

    Chef D, I only tried the original recipe, without whipped cream.But if you say that this one is very near to the one eaten in Rome, I have to try it!
    Thanks for sharing some moments from your (extraordinary, no doubt)life as a Chef. I think that doing what you like and being payed for this is a luck. So you are a lucky man. :)

    Have a nice day.

  83. A Thought For Food says:

    A good tiramisu beats all desserts… I enjoy it so very much. Something about it has always frightened me… so I have yet to try making it at home.

    But now I'm inspired!

  84. Anonymous says:

    MAScarpone, not MARscapone :)

  85. I have always wanted to try and make this. I have such a hard time finding lady fingers though when I actually need them. I swear the next time I find some I will buy them to make this no matter what!

  86. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com says:

    Looks like we hit each others sweet spots today.. you love bacon I love tiramisu.. it was my preferred breakfast lunch and diner when I lived in Rome… thanks for the memories! Hard find properly made here although C makes a great one I look forward to devouring your recipe, too! – A

  87. It has been so long since I had a really good tiramisu. It looks great.

  88. gastronomic nomad says:

    I have been dreaming of tiramisu lately, so reading your post and looking at your lovely pictures has satisfied my initial cravings! Though I like to add a little rum to mine to up the ante. :)

  89. Magic of Spice says:

    Dennis, your tiramisu looks perfect! Always a favorite of mine :)

  90. Lindsay (Rosemarried) says:

    I should know better than to look at your blog when I'm hungry! Seriously, your tiramisu looks incredible. It is one of my all time favorite desserts and I'm so glad you posted it!

  91. Hyosun Ro says:

    Tiramisu is one of my favorites too, and I will definitely make one soon. Looking forward to the best Tiramisu I will ever make. Thanks for the great recipe!

  92. Bestfoodies says:

    Looks so good I can't wait to try this and make it for my daughter, it's her favorite dessert.

  93. I don't know about your other readers but I would love to know your story…from beginning to end. ;-)

    Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts. Yours looks light, fluffy and creamy. I will absolutely be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  94. This looks fantastic! I've been looking for an authentic recipe for a bridal shower I'm hosting. This is perfect!

  95. This is my sister’s favorite dessert and this looks incredibly delicious , going to add it to the top of my “must make” list !

  96. I was looking for a tiramisu to make about a month ago. I stumbled upon this recipe, and gave it a try. This was my first time making tiramisu, and it couldn’t have been easier. The dish tastes AMAZING. I’m printing this out and keeping a copy for my personal recipe book!

    • thank you for letting me know it worked out for you! It is really a good tiramisu! Now that you can make a sabayon you can try my chocolate mousse!

  97. Interesting way of getting around raw eggs! Must taste great!

  98. Made this today it was amazing got lots of comments from family was really proud of myself as I was terrified to make it but it tastes yummy even if I say do myself worth the time and effort

    • Thanks so much for letting me know Farah, I’m so happy to hear it turned out well! It really isn’t as hard as it seems, and now that you’ve conquered Tiramisu, you can give my Chocolate mousse a try, it uses a sabayon too, just a little bit different but oh so decadent!

      happy New Year!
      Dennis

  99. Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert EVER! I once went on a cruise and ate Tiramisu every single night of that vacation haha – I am definitely for the lady fingers and can’t wait to try your recipe

  100. Hello,
    Thank you for this amazing recipe. I will be making this week-end for some very dear friends. my very first Tiramisu.( I am going to be very adventurous and will make my own lady fingers. )
    Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Please let me know how it turns out, and just remember that the lady fingers should be the hard crunchy Italian style not the soft cake style!

  101. Chef D, I have to make Tiramisu for next Saturday pot luck dinner at my home. How far ahead can the filling be made? When best to assemble? I am making my own mascarpone cheese. Can I make it today and refrigerate it untill making the filling?

    • hi Judy, You can make the cream and put the Tiramisu together 2-3 days before the event it holds up really well. It will set up better if you assemble it the same day you make the cream, but the cream will hold up on its own for at least 3 days also. If you have time Thursday or Friday evening would be your best bet. I’ve never made my own mascarpone, but I have made ricotta and I know that’s only good for 3-4 days, so I wouldn’t make it too far ahead.
      The tiramisu cream is really easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes, assembly is pretty fast too. I actually just did a step by step assembly of Tiramisu a few weeks ago so if you check my posts in the beginning of January you will see that as well.

      please let me know how it turns out!
      Dennis

  102. Mel Reynolds says:

    After searching through many Tiramisu recipes on the internet I chose this one and made it for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner last week.
    I looked in two supermarkets for the crunchy lady fingers but had to settle for the softer kind that Ralphs sells in their bakery department. I almost popped them in the oven or under the broiler but didn’t want to ruin them. Would this have worked at making them crunchy?

    A lot of recipes called for Marsala so I substituted this for the coffee liqueur since I already had a bottle in my cupboard. I enjoyed making the sabayon and I’m going to make chocolate mousse for valentines day.

    The Tiramisu was a huge success. It had amazing flavour, good balance of cake and cream, and the lady fingers were just fine. Thanks Dennis!

    • I’m happy to hear that it worked for you! I know a lot of recipes call for Marsala, but I was originally taught with coffee and a homemade coffee liquor so old habits die hard. I just love the way it blends with the Tiramisu.

      If you use my chocolate mousse recipe you are going to love how it comes out! I also just did a you tube video of my Chocolate decadence cookies, another sure winner

      thanks again for letting me know how your tiramisu turned out!

      Cheers
      Dennis

  103. Thanks for this wonderful recipe Chef Dennis, definitely one of the best i have tasted! I scaled it down by half to make a 6-inch charlotte the second time i made it.

    I found that it was a little too sweet for me, i tried reducing the sugar to about 3/4 cups but it was still too sweet. Will the results be affected if i reduce the sugar any further?

    I look forward to trying your chocolate mousse recipe soon!

    • hi Sharon, I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed my tiramisu! As for reducing the sugar, it does stabalize the sabayon, so there will come a point when you can’t reduce it any further, I would try cutting it back a little more perhaps to 1/2 cup and see how it is.

      You’ll love the Mousse and if you use a good dark chocolate that isn’t too sweet you shouldn’t have the same problem.

      Cheers
      Dennis

  104. I made this on two days ago. It’s amazing! I thoroughly encouraging people to use this recipe. We used Kahlua in it.

    • Thanks so much for letting me know, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! The kahlua does add to the flavors, while not a deal breaker it does make a nice addition.

  105. I just made this, and it is absolutely delicious. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  106. Deal :)

  107. I just wanted to say that I’ve never liked tiramisu… until my housemate made this recipe last night. Unbelievably tasty. Thank you!

  108. I’ve made this 3 times now and I would say this is, hands down, the best tasting and easiest confection I’ve ever made. It’s actually one of the tastiest things I’ve ever put in my mouth-hole!

  109. Chef D., I made your awsome tiramasu and I must say it was just perfect! I even made my own mascarpone (it’s not available where I live) and it turned out just fine. I found it tastef even yummier the next day as all the ingredients and flavors mixed.I got so many compliments, I was so flattered :) thanks to you! I’ll make it again on Saturday for my son’s birthday.

    • Thank you so much for letting me know, you just made my night! It is such a delicious dessert, and really isn’t that difficult to make. If you ever want to make it fancier you can set them up in dessert glasses, I’ve even done tall shot glasses of them for parties.
      The only problem you have once you learn to make This Tiramisu is you’ll never be able to order it out again, because ones that will be better than this recipe will be few and far between.

      We have to get you to try my chocolate mousse next!

      Cheers
      Dennis

  110. Fadilah says:

    Hi chef,,

    I was excited to try it, and tried it .
    The taste is delevious but the cream was liquied. Although i refregated it gor one day.

    It was like liquid cream, not like yours.

    Do you have any idea why it looked like that.

    • hi Fadilah

      I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out. The only thing that comes to mind is that the sabayon was not thick enough when you took it off the heat, or inadvertently added too much liquid to it. Other than not fully whipping the heavy cream, there are no reasons that come to mind. The sabayon itself should have been thick, and the very thick whip cream would have added to it.

      I make this on a regular basis and teach it my online classes and this is the first time I’ve heard it didn’t set up. Years ago I had a recipe that didn’t cook the eggs as in the sabayon and that recipe always turned to liquid.

      I hope you get to try it again, and if you have time I have another version on my blog which shows a step by step process. http://www.askchefdennis.com/2013/01/tiramisu-a-step-by-step-tutorial/

      Dennis

  111. Alison says:

    Friends of ours made this recipe for dinner a few nights ago, and I devoured my portion! He sent me to this website to get the recipe for myself, and I will definitely be making it!

    • I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed my Tiramisu Alison, once you learn to make that dessert, we’ll have to move you on to my Chocolate Mousse!
      Let me know if you have any questions
      Cheers
      Dennis

  112. Amanda says:

    Hi Chef,

    I’ve been wanting to try your receipe but I don’t have an coffee machine at home to make the espresso. Can I use instant coffee or something else as a substitute?

    • hi Amanda

      you certainly can use instant coffee or espresso they will work perfectly in the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

      Cheers
      Dennis

  113. i like your memories . Yes , you do have I have always wondered why Whipped cream is subbed for egg whites. With Mascarpone you have allot of cream to start and then to add the calories of whipped cream?…. If you know how to make the sabayon you could heat the egg whites as well.

    If I understand correctly, the only reason to make the sabayon and sub whipped cream is to not have raw eggs.
    I have been making this with the heat method so I can keep the lower calorie, fluffy egg whites.
    I heat my whites with some sugar to about 150-160. I let cool a little and then beat.

    Funny – In the form you are showing, has really only been around since the 1970s as far as I have read.

    • hi Mark

      I’ve never tried it with egg white, but the whole eggs add flavor and richness to the dessert, the whipped cream actually does not contain any additional sugar and helps the consistency of the cream get to a state where it will hold well for days and as good as whipped egg whites can be, there not really a substitute for whipped cream and as this is isn’t a dessert that you make every week, I don’t think an occasional splurge will hurt.

      There are many different ways to make Tiramisu, so if you’re method works and your happy with it, I would keep making it that way. As for the recipe, Mama Jeanette had told me her Grandmother had passed the recipe to her before she left Italy so its quite possible no one in the states ever saw it before the 70′s.

      thanks for stopping by!
      Dennis

      • Thanks Chef Dennis. It think there is some confusion to the origin since it appears to be similar to other desserts. So you are saying there is a noticeable texture difference with the whipped cream vs whipped egg whites. Yes the method I have learned seems to be the one many use as traditional ie the whites but the heating of both eggs and yolks seems to be the new safer way if one wants to use it. Also many use liquor or as I do, Marsala and I wonder if the amount of alcohol would be enough to kill bacteria if one did not do the heating.

        • hi Mark

          the recipe that Mama Jeanette passed on to me, didn’t use coffee liquor I added that in, and when she originally taught me to make a sabayon it was with marsala, it was just never one of my favorite desserts, but her recipe only used espresso. I think the texture difference between whipped cream and the egg whites is the heaviness of of the cream, which does tend to make the tiramisu a little smoother and richer (because of the added fat), but like I always say, it it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and if it works for you and everyone enjoys it, than thats a good thing!
          That’s a good point about the alcohol killing the bacteria. I don’t know if its the eggs that have changed that much or our systems, I still remember the good old days when raw eggs weren’t a big deal….sigh
          I do buy organic free range eggs they are supposed to be less susceptible.. or so they say…lol

          thanks again for stopping by and for your input!

    • This is a version avoiding raw eggs, but it is indeed a modern invention, and the cream gives it a much higher calorie count (not that we care, it is so delicious). The original Italian recipe, and the one that I use, uses whole eggs and marscapone, no cream. We never have any trouble with this recipe. It keeps for at least 5 days in the fridge. A great example is on Giallo Zafferano. You might like to try it. I’ll try yours to compare!

  114. Vanessa says:

    Hi Chef Dennis,

    I tried your recipe yesterday; it was my first time making tiramisu and it came out delicious! Thank you for the recipe and the tutorial, which was helpful. I used it to double check my sabayon (although I still don’t know why mine was a much lighter yellow than yours appears). It was very good and was relatively simple to make even though my arms got tired from the stirring! Thanks again. I will definitely try this one again.

    • hi Vanessa

      glad to hear your tiramisu turned out well! As for the color of the eggs, it can sometimes be the variety. I use organic free range eggs that happen to be brown and I have found the color of the yolk to be much darker than regular supermarket eggs. That could account for the color variation.

      The important thing is that it was delicious! Once you’ve made the tiramisu a few more times the whipping of the eggs will be second nature and won’t seem as tedious.
      Now you can try my chocolate mousse, since you’ve got the sabayon down! It’s just a little different process on the sabayon, but for chocolate lovers it will be a must make dessert!

      Cheers
      Dennis

  115. this recipe is amazing! i have had it favorited to my toolbar until i could get help from friends to make it. (im a very hungry pregnant lady who is on bedrest) i was so surprised something that good came out of my kitchen. it didnt last long so i had my husband try his hand at the recipe the next day and still AMAZING! this time we kept quiet about what we were hiding in our fridge :) my husband was a devoted chocolate lover until he tried a bite of this.

    • Hi Brandy
      I’m very happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed my tiramisu! it really isn’t that hard to make, and oh so delicious. if your husband loves chocolate he needs to try my chocolate mousse, it will be the best you ever had!
      Dennis

  116. Hey Dennis

    Just a question for you on the final texture of the ladyfingers…after they have soaked overnight do they still have a crunchy texture or do they become more cake like from being soaked. I am making this recipe for Father’s day and my dad swears that his fork should glide through the layers, so I am afraid the ladyfingers will still be crunchy. What are your thoughts?

    Also, all I could find were 3.5oz packages of french ladyfingers at whole foods, I bought two boxes, seems like enough, but I know the weight is off from your 2-12oz packages, you think this is OK?

    • hi Debbie

      the ladyfindgers do get cake like after sitting, he will glide through the layers! I think the reason for using the hard Italian brand that are crunchy is that they won’t soak up as much of the liquid making them squishy. French ladyfingers are more cake like to begin with, so I would suggest brushing on the coffee mixture instead of dipping. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I get tiramisu and the ladyfingers are soaked, it takes away from the dessert.
      as for the weight a package I have on hand is only 7 ounces and contains 24 ladyfingers which is a normal count. I know you don’t need two full packs of my size ladyfingers, and you do two layers so just see how many it takes to make one layer in the dish your making it in.

      let me know if you have any other questions
      Dennis

  117. Hi Chef Dennis. I will be posting an entry on my blog, http://www.notwithoutmypassport.com, about my love for tiramisu. Despite being a photographer, I have no photos of my favourite dessert! I love these images (delish!) and would like to request your permission to include one of them in my post. I would, of course, give you full credit. Let me know. Thanks!

  118. Dearest-est-est-est Chef Dennis! I made your Tiramisu and it was ridiculously amazing! Can’t tell you how thankful I am for having found your recipe online!! It was such a hit at my parents’ anniversary dinner, and I’ve made it twice after that. perfectly every time. I also spiked my coffee with a little extra rum apart from the Kahlua ;)

    Will be rewriting my version of your recipe and posting it on my blog today. Do it give it a look! Thanks a ton! :D

    • hi Nayantara

      I’m so happy to hear that you made my tiramisu and enjoyed it! It is my all time favorite dessert! I’ll check out your blog post

      Cheers
      Dennis

  119. Hi Dennis. Do you have a recipe that does not require eggs?

    • hi Lynn

      I’m sorry but i do not. The only Tiramisu recipes I’ve ever made have all contained eggs, that’s part of the richness of the dessert.

      Dennis

  120. I just made your recipe! Indeed the best Tiramisu ever!!!!!! I will always use your recipe from now on.

  121. I’ve only attempted to make tiramisu once and it didn’t turn out good.
    I made this recipe yesterday and although it was a huge improvement from my last attempt it turned out way too sweet. I’ll definitely use less sugar next time.

  122. AARRGGG!!! First I did not see that I needed the crunchy lady fingers so I used soft:( Plus I was just looking on here to see how long it takes to “really” set up because mine seems really loose. So I just happened upon your tutorial and see that mine is NOT nearly as thick as yours and I was just wondering if it will set up at ALL or just be a yummy soup?? Thanks

    • hi Andrea

      if its not somewhat thick it never will get thick. I would say the problem was in the Sabayon and not getting the eggs as thick as they should have been, or possibly using too much liquid. The Tiramisu cream is what you get after adding the marscapone to the sabayon, and it will be like pudding at that point and as it sets,it gets firmer.

      I also do have the step by step tiramisu on my blog, not sure if that’s what you meant by tutorial.
      Sorry it didn’t turn out but as you can tell by the flavor its well worth the effort. You can try freezing the tiramisu cream as ice cream if you have an ice cream freezer, or just making frozen pops out of them.

  123. Jessica says:

    I usually never leave comments on recipes i use but because of the success i had on this one i felt I had to. I made this a couple of days ago for my dads birthday and within one bite everyone was saying the same thing, “This is the best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted!!”. Which by the way is a lot coming from my dad because he is somewhat of a tiramisu connoisseur. So thank you for your geniousness, this recipe is definitely a keeper!! : )

    • Thanks Jessica! I’m very happy to hear that everyone enjoyed your tiramisu. If you ever need a good chocolate mousse recipe I have a great one of those too!
      Cheers
      Dennis

  124. Hi Chef,

    I’ve made this a few times, always turning out great… however, the last time I made it, I used homemade mascarpone cheese using a recipe online… The cheese appeared to turn out OK, but when everything got folded-in at the last step, the cream mixture got really runny… somewhat like a thick shake instead of being able spoon it out, I poured it out… you think it’s the homemade cheese or did I not whip everything right? After refrigeration, it tasted the same as good as before… what did I do wrong?? Thanks!

    • hi Ronnie

      I might think that it was the cheese since it seemed to be the new variable, I know when I make ricotta I have to let it drain overnight before using it otherwise the same thing happens to my Cannoli filling, its too runny. If you think that may be the problem, try making a batch of mascarpone again and see if you can get rid of more of the liquid, it needs to be as thick as whipped cream cheese. The other problem could have been from not having the eggs whipped enough and thick enough or possible that the whipped cream wasn’t thick enough.
      If that ever does happen to you again, take your ladyfingers and line them up in a springform pan (without dipping them in coffee) and pour the mixture into it and freeze it. You can then cut the frozen cream into slices, serve it sort of frozen and it should be wonderful, you can top it with fresh fruit or any type of topping you like. I have also used the cream to make ice cream, using a ice cream maker. That’s another great way to save a mix that won’t thicken.

      Hope this helps
      Dennis

      • Thanks for the recipe! I had a similar problem which the whip cream. Was I suppose to let the egg/cheese/sugar mixture cool completely before folding in the the cream?

        • hi Cat

          the mixture should have been cooling the entire time you were adding in the mascarpone, the eggs cool off pretty quickly while your whipping them after removing them from the heat so that shouldn’t have been the problem. You want to make sure the whipped cream is whipped fairly stiff.

  125. I have to agree this recipe rocks! I did a taste test with Chef Dennis’s recipe and Epicurious’s recipe, both highly rated, but Chef Dennis’s recipe was the clear winner. Whereas the Epicurious version was too buttery by quite a bit, Chef Dennis’s version is well-balanced. So well-balanced in fact that I can see why you could use the cream mixture with any cookie or even have it by itself. Thanks Chef!

  126. Question: After the eggs and sugar are cooked, does the egg mixture have to be COOLED before adding tthe mascarpone?

    • hi Cathy

      after removing from the heat, you continue to whip the mixture for a few minutes, this should cool it down enough. Mascarpone is fairly thick and blends in nicely to a slightly warm sabayon.

  127. The recipe sounds great and the cake looks delicious Chef. I wonder if you have a certain brand of ladyfingers you would recommend? You wrote “…dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, do not soak them!” yet even a ‘dip’ will sometimes over saturate an inferior ladyfinger. Any suggestions or recommendations? Thanks.

    • hi Troy

      I’m glad you asked about the ladyfingers. You want to find a Savoiardi type lady finger for your tiramisu, not the cake like soft version. Look in any Italian market you may have in your area, or the Italian section of Whole Foods. I haven’t kept to anyone brand buying what ever I find in the local markets as long as they’re the crunchy Italian version.

  128. hi
    just about to try the recipe any useful tips? xx

  129. I made this last night to serve today and it was incredible. It’s the first time I’ve ever made Tiramisu and it was a complete hit.
    I’ve uploaded a picture of my final creation here: http://oi42.tinypic.com/9uovw8.jpg.
    Thanks so much for the brilliant and easy-to-follow recipe! :)

    • hi Cindy, it looks amazing and like you’ve already enjoyed a plateful! I hate to admit when I make it,it even ends up as breakfast!
      thanks so much for letting me know how good it turned out and for sharing a picture!
      Dennis

  130. Hi Chef Dennis,

    I gave a try at your recipe for 11 people so I doubled the amounts.

    The eggs seemed thick and velvety (so ok)
    Then I mixed the mascarpone and still got a thick mixture.

    When I folded the wiped cream it was a bit more light/airy but I think it got a bit too dense.

    What is the expected consistency for the final mix?
    From your final product pictures I think I folded a bit too much but I had too many lumps of cream so I kept going.

    Any tips?

    Thank you, best regards from Portugal!
    João

    • Hi Joao

      the finished product should have a consistency of a mousse, its should be easily spreadable but as it sits it will firm up a bit more. You do want to fold all the cream in, just do it gently so as not to break the whipped cream down to much.

      The mascarpone may have made it more dense than you expect. If you have any images of your finished product let me see what it looks like.

      Dennis

      • Thank you for your feedback, the consistency before I poured it was closer to a custard.
        I will take photos tomorrow at dinner.

        What is supposed to be the consistency of the mascarpone?
        I do think i made a mistake using a smaller bowl for the egg mixture since I had to put the mixture into the big bowl with all of the wiped cream and fold.
        The correct way would have been to fold the cream into the egg mixture little by little to prevent white lumps that require too much mixing correct?

        Thanks again and I will try and share the pictures tomorrow

        • A custard is a good way to describe it, but in a creamy solid state. I would agree that you should have added the cream into the sabayon, instead of the other way around, and also do it 1/3 at a time working the cream in gradually. It will blend easier that way.

        • sorry I missed it, but the mascarpone should have the consistency of cream cheese just a little bit more spreadable, but pretty dense

          • Hi,

            ended up forgetting the pictures but after setting turns out the mixture got more airy. So if I fold the cream more carefully next time it should be fine.

            Turns out the biggest mistake I made was soaking the lady fingers too long.

            I didn’t realize how much liquid they soak up in a second… when you say get them wet its literally dunk’em and remove fast…

            Going to give the recipe another try one of these days see how it goes.

            Thank you for all the feedback, best wishes
            João

          • sounds like a plan! let me know how it turns out next time you make it

          • Hi Chef Dennis,

            I’m doing the recipe again today to take to family lunch tomorrow.

            I didn’t write down the conversions the last time so I was double checking.
            I notice that it is a question you are asked, here is the website I used, it converts for all kinds of ingredients and you can insert the exact amount you want to convert
            http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking/

            The conversions seem close to the portions they are sold in

            1¼ cup mascarpone cheese
            Didn’t find a direct conversion but seems to be around 300g for cream cheese
            They sell it here in Portugal in packs of 250g which is what i used last time if i recall

            1¾ cup heavy whipping cream
            around 400ml which is exactly 2 packs of cream (I use fresh ones)

            Also I have a question, I noticed some recipes use alcoholic spirits to give it a punch and I happen to have a small flask of sugar cane Rum that was given to me from the Dominican Republic if I’m not mistaken.

            Would you think it goes along with the recipe?
            I would prob just add 2 or 3 table spoons to the coffee.

            Thank you, regards
            João

  131. Miriam Clancy says:

    this is amazing! making for guests tomorrow night – the last ones said “best tiramisu ever!” and I totally agree. thanks.

  132. Hi, can I just ask if its possible to use egg whites instead of whip cream? (:

  133. Thank you, Chef!
    My quest for the perfect Tiramisu is complete.
    Simple, creamy and delicious.

  134. Thank you Soo much for sharing wonderful recipe I made it big batch and it was algone second day now making again :) my kids loved it so hubby did :)

  135. My daughter Hailey and I tried Chef Dennis recipe today for “The Best Tiramisu You Will Ever Make”…and it is! the recipe was easy to follow, the process not too time consuming and between the two of us we created a lovely and delicious finished product. Thank you for sharing a recipe that will now become a family favorite and a fall tradition for Hailey and me.

  136. Quick question Chef D, do you throw the yolks in there while the bain is over the water or do you take it off and then whisk the yolks?

    • I would whisk them first then put them over the water and whisk them, removing them as needed so they don’t make scrambled eggs. But you want them over the water some of the time while you whisk to cook the eggs.

  137. Many thanks for your recipe. I made it and i love it! :)

  138. This is the best recipe I’ve found for Tiramisu!. All of your other recipes look wonderful too, and I’m looking forward to trying them. Have you posted the recipe for the crab soup you mention in the story above?

  139. Hi there, this looks wonderful. How many people does it serve? Thank you!

  140. Leanne Hood says:

    I made this recipe last night and the flavor was fantastic! My problem was the cream layer came out a little too runny. Did I do something wrong in the mixing or the beating? Thanks for your advice!

    • hi Leanne

      its possible the sabayon didn’t get thick enough , or the whipped cream wasn’t quite thick enough. Those are the only two reasons I can think of. The cream should be pretty firm when done, and then once it sits for a while it sets up even more.

      • hi Chef
        Can i make the Tiramisu without cooking the egg yolks? I want to keep the recipe as quick and simple as possible and i don’t mind raw eggs.

        • Livia, I’ve never made this recipe using raw eggs but I don’t think you’ll get the same thickness without cooking the eggs and the finished product won’t hold up as well. You also have to be careful about eating raw eggs.

  141. If in doubt, or still searching for “the” perfect tiramisu recipe to try… MAKE THIS! For those of you looking to scale up… I made a 1.5x recipe to fill an 11×8 baking dish at three layers instead of two. Kept all proportions intact. Tasted incredible, looked amazing and cut beautifully.

  142. I’ve made this Tiramisu 3 times and making it again on Thursday with my daughter, one for her to take home and one to stay here so my husband can take it to work in his lunch all week. This Tiramisu is amazing. I followed the recipe exactly. Use Savoiardi lady fingers, they are crisp enough on the outside and soak up the liquid perfectly without becoming much like cheaper lady finger brands which are soft to begin with. Even the first time making it, it came out fantastic. I’ve eaten a lot of tiramisu, this is the best I’ve ever had.

  143. How would I modify this recipe to serve 12 people instead of 9?

    • hi Leanne, You can either make a larger pan by adding 1/2 more of each product or serve smaller portions to make 12 out of the original recipe. I will say that everyone will love this dessert so you might be better off making more!

  144. This is delicious. I made one small adjustment which was to sprinkle cocoa powder on the first layer in addition to the second layer. I use Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder.

  145. Wow. This is really, really good Tiramisu. I made it for a dinner party and it was an absolute show stopper. Everyone left with a copy of the recipe. The only alteration I made to the recipe was using dark rum instead of coffee Liquor, which I do not keep on hand.

  146. Monika Skeith says:

    I never made Tiramisu with Whipping Cream. It sounds so delicious. I will surprise my Friends next Saturday with this one. It sounds so good!!

  147. Hi, can you please give me the measurements in grams or ml?

  148. Can somebody tell me how many grams is 1 cup?

  149. I made this recipe last week and it was SOOOO good! turned out perfectly just like you said! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  150. I just made this today & tried it this evening. It’s very nice, the best I’ve eaten. I even stuffed up the recipe slightly, but it still tastes great. I will definitely be making this again.

    My wife, who doesn’t like coffee, had some & was impressed. ;-)

  151. THE best recipe!!! Use for large group dinners and to take to dinner parties, always a HUGE hit. Hands down best tiramisu recipe I’ve ever used!!

  152. This is such a wonderful recipe! I made this for my friend on her birthday and we had this instead of cake, which is why I had to double the recipe to make sure there was enough for everybody. I did not have a double boiler, so the egg process took a little longer because I had to use a bowl over boiling water instead, but it was worth it in the end. it was so good that my friends were clamoring for second helpings. Thank you :)

    • hi Kitty
      thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed my tiramisu recipe! I prefer the bowl method to a double boiler, its easier to get into the corners with the bowl and keep the eggs from cooking

  153. Thank you, Chef. This went over so well at the office Christmas party that one co-worker wound up hiding it so she could enjoy a piece at home with coffee.

  154. On the Vhristmas Eve menu-wish me luck

  155. My wife and I LOVE tiramisu and it has become my favorite dessert. I just made my first tiramisu using your recipe for a pot luck dinner at work and made extra to leave at home. We love it and I think it will become a regular. I will definitely be making it again for Christmas dinner.

  156. Donna chapman says:

    Overall, I was very pleased with the result of this recipe. I thought it was light, easy, and addictive! The only thing I would change is the sugar. I made three versions of this recipe, and I found that I liked the flavor with about 2/3 of the suggested sugar because it helped bring out the tanginess of the marscapone. (Although the sugar did seem to help it set) A dash of salt added to the cream also helped balance the sweetness, as well. One more thing: I really think it’s best to allow the egg yolk/sugar mixture to cool in the fridge until room temp or colder before mixing with the other ingredients. If it’s too warm, it makes the entire mixture less fluffy.

  157. When u add the mascarpone cheese to the egg yolks the cheese must be room temp.?
    How about the sabayon ? It has to be hot right off the heat or warm or cool down a bit before adding the cheese ???
    THANKS

    • Diana
      as you whip the egg yolks to thicken the mixture is cooling, so no further cooling is necessary. Having the mascarpone at room temperature is a good idea, I usually have it sitting out from when I begin the process so its more than likely not room temp but not as cold as taking it out of the fridge.

  158. Can I double this recipe and put it in a 9 x13 pan for a large crowd?

  159. Jennifer Bird says:

    Wow, made this yesterday for Christmas. I purposely made too much so I could make two little portions in wine glasses to try last night. A.MA.ZING!! Best Tiramisu ever. My husband loved it. I’ve tried loads of different receipes including Heston’s, Nigellas, Jamie Oliver etc and this is by far the best. Making it using the Sabayon method is what makes it as the sugar completely dissolves and then whips up into a glorious fluffy creamy layer. I grated some dark chocolate in the middle too. Can’t wait to eat more tomorrow.

  160. I had never made tiramisu before but I wanted to serve it during the Christmas holidays. This recipe was very easy. I doubled the ingredients and didn’t add any alcohol. I made it the night before. It was delicious and the texture was perfect. All my guests raved and I was proud that it turned out so well. I will make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

  161. Dear Chef….
    I made this tiramisu for the first time and let me tell you it was a hit with my family for Christmas!
    (I was a birthday too…so we add a candle and sing happy birthday too!!)
    Only a question….the espresso should be sweet? I did not add sugar to it…but I thought maybe I should.
    The sabayon was challenging in the way we are so used to use machine for everything, (even though I did cookies without electric mixer) so those 10 minutes in the ‘baño Maria’ was cruel in my arms….but the pain was justified when I saw the expression on my love ones in the first bite.
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe….I will do it again soon!
    Have a wonderful 2014! xoxo

    • hi Karina

      thanks for letting me know your family enjoyed my tiramisu, and what a great birthday cake! As for the espresso no it shouldn’t be sweet, if you used Kahlua that sweetened it up a bit, if not the contrast in flavors just adds to the dessert. Sorry for the cruel and unusual punishment whipping the sabayon but as you tasted it was well worth it!
      Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
      Dennis

  162. Oh my god, this is the best ever! I tried it and it is spectacular

  163. Hi Chef, the recipe looks sooo yummy can’t wait to try it…
    I have a question; can i use thick cream instead of whipping cream? if so, do i need to whipp it before i add it?

    • Rosa I have never used thick cream, but if it does whip well I would guess you could use it. You do need to whip the cream to a good thick consistency, that’s what helps keep everything bound together, otherwise it won’t hold its shape as well.

  164. I made 1/2 the sabayon recipe, folded in the mascarpone and then the slightly sweetened whipped cream. Even this altered version was delicious in my tiramisu-approximation dessert ( made with a cake mix).

  165. My daughter has been bugging me for months to make tiramisu, and I have been putting her off because I thought it would be too difficult. Then she showed me your recipe and we decided to give it a try. It was very easy to make and utterly delicious. The texture was perfect, the balance of flavours heavenly, just as you said! Thank you so much!

  166. Jenny Chang says:

    Hi Chef Dennis – I found your page by accident and tried it out yesterday. The silly whipping cream I buy from Malaysia sometimes doesn’t whip (Anchor, NZ brand) so I ended up with a semi hard cream. Had to add gelatin to save it, but the end result looks just like your picture! I am writing here to thank you for sharing the recipe… tastes yummylicious!

  167. I made this recipe for the first time for a New Years Eve party at a friends house. I have made titamisu before but wasn’t crazy about the recipe. Not sure if I decided to make the recipe because of Chef Dennis’s story, the photo or the ingredients, probably all three. For New Year’s Eve I made two batches and the first was done with only one row of lady fingers in each layer and the second with two rows of lady fingers in each layer. The recipe didn’t say which to do and the printed black and white recipe and looking at the photo I couldn’t tell but the two rows per layer came out much better than the one. Although both were great and received rave reviews from everyone, even those who don’t usually eat desert. The one error in the recipe, I found, is it says to use 2-12oz packages of lady fingers. This is impossible because lady fingers come in 3oz packages and to use 8-3oz packages would be way too many. I wound up using 2-1/2 – 3oz packages which was just enough for this recipe. Unfortunately I still have 10 packages left over so I’ll be making titamisu for some time to come. Made it again today so I’m on my way to using them all up.

    • hi Joe thanks for the heads up on the ladyfingers, I just checked my packs and they are only 7oz. I’m thinking you may have bought the cake style which are much lighter and not the the Italian style. My recipe did mention repeating the process with another layer, I did add ladyfingers and cream after that to help avoid the confusion. Thanks so much for your feedback and I’m glad you did enjoy the final result.

      • Chef,
        I had no idea there was more than one type of lady finger. I’ll have to look for them now that I know. But, if your packages are 7oz each should the recipe be changed? I did repeat the process but still could not use 24oz of the type of lady fingers I had. Otherwise I would have wound up with more lady finger than sabayon.

        • thats an easy enough mistake to make Joe, and I did change my weights to 7 oz each on my ladyfingers, so two packs of them would be what you need. You will have a few leftover.
          as for your extra ladyfingers you could make a Charlotte or use them for decoration around a layer cake, I’ve seen the soft version used for both of those desserts

  168. John Davies says:

    Chef Dennis – this was worth the wait. I book marked this recipe back in July and finally was able to make it last week. It was going to be a Christmas dessert but my wife made here special Christmas dessert. We had the Tiramisu this past Friday; my son and his girl friend stop by to join us for dinner. It was superb. I had made it the night before and that in itself was a great experience, the sabayon was fun to make, and also delicious. W had never tasted mascarpone cheese before, light and smooth – we had some on cinnamon toast the next morning. We used Tia Maria with the espresso and after it soaked in overnight, your Tiramisu was to die for. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe, my next pleasure will be your Chocolate mousse!

    • Thank you John, you really made my day with your comment! I’m very happy to hear how much you and your family enjoyed the Tiramisu it truly is an exceptional dessert! Have fun with Mascarpone now that you found it, I like using it in Cheesecakes, and Cream Cheese Frosting as part of the mix to make them creamier. And of course in Cannoli’s with a good dry ricotta! If you ever make Cannoli’s remember the secret is to use superfine sugar not confectioners.

      Happy New Year!
      Dennis

  169. Chef Dennis,
    Your Tiramisu recipe was amazing!
    Thanks!
    Bart

  170. Genevieve Meow says:

    Made this last night with my partner and it was delicious, my partner added a bit of kahlua to the marscarpone/egg mixture, which didn’t overpower the taste. We were so eager that we instead set it in the freezer for just under an hour, but I’m sure tonight’s leftovers (now in fridge) will be even better as all the flavours would have combined and the lady fingers will be softer. Also grated Guylian 72% dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder for the top. Highly recommended and eggs aren’t what you call raw for all you anti-raw egg eaters! Will definitely make again.

  171. Chef Dennis,

    I found your blog looking for a good tiramisu recipe, when it comes to desserts I’m a bit of a snob so a “okay” recipe just wasn’t going to cut it.

    Not that a bunch of people haven’t already said it, but this recipe is AMAZING! The texture…the balance of flavors … they’re excellent, and my wife (who as a rule hates the taste of anything with liquor) agreed wholeheartedly. I look forward to enjoying more of your site!

    -Chuck

  172. Can I use for this recipe homemade heavy cream (mixing butter and milk together)? in my country there is nowhere to buy an original heavy milk :(

  173. Tiramisu is my and my husband’s favorite dessert. We try it wherever it’s on the menu, and more often than not we are disappointed. So, i wanted to find a great recipe to make for his birthday last night! I tried this one, and even though I messed up the first part a bit (some of my egg cooked in the process :( ), it was STILL delicious and everyone raved about it. Will save and reuse this recipe again and again for sure! Thanks Chef!

    • sorry to hear about the little mishap with the eggs, but I’m sure it will get easier each time you make it and I’m very happy to hear that everyone enjoyed your Tiramisu! Thanks for letting me know Tammi!

  174. Hi chef, i love this recipe! Tried several times and everyone love it! But there was a time the white part turned out very runny. Any suggestions where i did the mistake?

    • hi Kathya If the eggs weren’t thickened enough or the whipped cream wasn’t stiff enough both of those could cause the mix to be runny. I also have a step by step post on tiramisu that you might want to check. You can see how each part should look

      • Found the step by step! That explains a lot, thank you chef!

        Btw, if i want to add some baileys, is that okay to put them in sabayon mixture or whipped cream? If one of those way could work, whats the ratio?

        • Kathya you can just replace the Kahlua in the recipe with Baileys if you like that better, or add an ounce to the whipped cream or the sabayon, it will work in either.

          • Can it be frozen up and thawed overnight in the refrigerator if i accidentally make it too many? If can, how long can i keep them frozen?

          • I have never frozen it so I’m not entirely sure, but I would think it would be okay.

          • Hi Chef, its me again :)

            Im wondering, is there any way i could substitute the lady fingers? Do you have the recipe for that? I found it a little bit difficult and a bit messy to break lady fingers into pieces and assemble them in a small cup/glass. I want to make it neat.

          • hi Kathya
            I don’t have a recipe to make ladyfingers, but you could sub another plain cookie that you enjoy just nothing with too much flavor or sweetness. you could also use a sponge cake cut to size. It may not be exactly the same but should be close enough.

  175. I made this tiramisu recipe for an Italian meal last night and it was fantastic. The only difficulty I found was cooking the sabayon for 10 min made it too thick…..probably 7 min would do. I’m not quite sure how thick it is supposed to be.

  176. During the holidays, I made Chef Dennis’s Pumpkin Crunch Cake for one party & his Tiramisu for another. They were both fantastic! { And I never liked Tiramisu before this one. } I made my own Lady Fingers & mascarpone for both recipes. Everyone, about 26 people, raved about them.. I have become your follower as you seem to prepare the kinds of dishes I like to make for guests. Thank you so much for posting these recipes. They are keepers!

  177. I made this yesterday for an extended family Italian Feast and it was absolutely wonderful! Everyone raved on how good it was. Thank you!

  178. hi there .. i’v made it few minutes ago … it looks delecious .. i havent tasted it yet but i tasted the cream and its like a dream

    thank youuuuu

  179. Whow this was really good.
    I made 50 of these little suckers in shot glasses for a 50 th. Added just a little pure vanilla to mixture and used Madeira cake so I could cut it to fit glasses.
    The left over mixture I spooned into eclairs. Double whow, two desserts in one.
    What a success.
    Cheers

  180. Hi, Ive been making tiramisu for a long time, but wanted to try out a new recipe and came upon this one. IT IS AMAZINg except for one thing. I found that the amount of sugar for the sabayon was too much. Several times the sugar did not melt properly and I ended up with a crunch mess. I scaled it down to about 3/4 cup, adding only 1/2 in beginning and then slowly adding in the rest while it is on the heat. I also found that whipping the eggs and sugar for a few minutes helps make the sabayon more fluffy and ensures the sugar melts properly. I’m almost done today and my dad is going to be one happy man tonight….his FAVORITE DESSERT!!! THanks for a GREAT recipe!!!

    • Happy to hear you tried my tiramisu, and as always feel free to change it up a bit to better suit your needs. I hope your Dad enjoys this amazing dessert, Martina and thank you for taking the time to share your tips!

  181. Thank you for a phenomenal recipe. I have never tasted a better tiramisu, honestly. It is DELICIOUS.

  182. Jesse Egbert says:

    Chef , I have made this five times , only got it to turn out correct the 1st time , help me!!! My consistency is off , have followed the recipient to a tee , the the last four times it’s been to thin , does not have that buttery texture it should . Think the problem is my temperature related , but have tryed cooling it down and that has not worked. Egg and sugar mixture is could be the problem , it keeps turning out to thin and not buttery , more like a very heavy sweet creamy mess ! Please help me !! Thanks Jesse

    • hi Jessie
      from what you describe you are not heating the eggs enough or whipping them long enough. This process needs to be followed very closely using a double boiler method to heat with continuous whipping. That is the only way you’ll get that thick rich cream to form. Its not as much about cooling it down as it is getting a thick sabayon to begin with. Adding the mascarpone at that stage will cream it out giving you that thick pudding texture.

  183. I just made this recipe. The mascarpone filling/cream tastes A-MAZING, even though it’s probably a bit too runny, so I’ll whip the heavy cream more next time. But here’s my two problems: First, for an 8-inch square pan, I was only able to use one 7-oz package. There was no room for the other. One layer on the bottom took up one bag and the second layer took up the second bag (of the 7-oz package). And there was far too much cream, it spilled over. Is it really supposed to be an 8-inch square? How deep should the pan have been? How are people fitting in the two packages of lady fingers?? It’s in the fridge now, so we’ll see how it turns out, I’m just worried about having used only one package…. Second, even though I just dipped and removed the lady fingers very quickly, I used up the whole coffee/kahlua liquid after the first layer, so the second layer had very little liquid in it. Does that mean they’ll stay crunchy? Is there a trick to making the espresso/kahlua mixture last for one package (let alone the two I’m supposed to use).

    Sorry for the long message. It’s my first time making tiramisu and I’m just wondering if I screwed it up so much that I shouldn’t serve it tonight…..

    • hi laila
      first it shouldn’t have been runny at all, perhaps the eggs needed to be thickened a little more and the whipped cream. The whipped cream needs to be as thick as it would be if using plain. As for the ladyfingers dipping them just enough to get them wet and not saturated would have made a little difference but I did increase those amounts. Next try a 9″ square that has been working better for me as well.
      Lets hope it firms up enough to cut it, if not, you can always freeze it and cut it frozen, then serve it just partially frozen.
      hope everyone enjoys it.
      Dennis

      • Thanks so much for your answer! It was actually delicious. It firmed up fine! I’ll try it again in 9″ inch. But everyone loved it! Thanks again.

    • Joe from Jersey says:

      Laila,
      I actually solved the kahlua/ espresso mixture by just doubling it. I always ran out too.

      Joe

  184. Made this the other day (first time making tiramisu) and as you claim it IS the best tiramisu you will have, I found it easy to make , and my family members all drooled over how good it was, and are wanting more this coming weekend !! , so unless you are willing to make it a full time job ,I suggest you don’t share With anyone. LOL

  185. Thank you so much for this recipe! First time making it and my family loved it. I was just wondering if there is a substitute for mascarpone cheese?

  186. Excellent recipe. Too sweet for my liking. This is the best recipe I’ve used. For my next batch I will add 1/3 less sugar.

  187. Israelle says:

    Can I make this without the coffee liqueur?

  188. This looks beautiful! I plan on making it for Easter, but I was wondering how you remove it from the pan. Thank you!

  189. Chef,

    I want to make the tiramisu this weekend. Other recipes with the similar quantities of each ingredient call for a 9×13″ baking dish, where your calls for a 9″ pan. Will it all fit?

  190. Caroline says:

    I want to make this recipe for my boyfriends birthday and I’ve had no luck finding ladyfingers! I’ve checked trader joes, food lion, and Harris teeter. I’m in charlotte, NC by the way. Next I will try whole foods or an authentic Italian market. That is what has seemed to be the consensus on google. But I’ve also seen that a ladyfinger can be sponge cake or a harder cookie. What is best for this recipe? Thanks!

  191. Jess Wxox says:

    I tried your recipe last week and it was a major hit!!
    It was even Italian-approved by my Italian coworker!
    I will definitely be keeping this recipe forever!!!

  192. One of the best Tiramisu recipes I have tried…was even able to tweak it with using orange juice and chocolate liqueur instead of the coffee…so glad I came across this website!

  193. Becka T says:

    What is your recommendation for the best espresso do I use instant or get a tall espresso from the coffee shop?

    • hi Becka

      you can use instant espresso or just strong coffee to make the tiramisu there’s no need to go out to buy it, I keep a jar of the instant around for baking so sometimes I just use that if I don’t have beens ground, or if I have leftover coffee I use that.

  194. Hello,

    I LOVE tiramisu and would love to make this for my 95 year old Italian Grandfather this weekend. The only thing is we tend to light very lightly sweetened tiramisu. We aren’t big on sweet desserts.

    Would putting in just a half a cup of sugar be ok with the eggs? Or would this damage the consistency of the sabayon?

    Lastly, can I add rum to the sabayon?

    Thank you so much! Let you know how it turns out! :D

    • hi JT

      you can try the half cup, it shouldn’t affect the sabayon. And you can use Rum in the Sabayon as well.

      I look forward to hearing how it comes and how your Grandfather enjoys the dessert.

      Dennis

  195. It’s the second time i have made this receive. Absolutely love it. Added some grated dark chocolate in between the layers and sprinkled some on top instead of cocoa. Thank u for this amazing dessert.

  196. Charlene says:

    I made this today and had half a package of lady fingers left over- bought the 7 oz size, as specified. I even turned them on their sides to stuff more in the pan. My 9 in square pan has higher then usual sides which is a good thing because the pan was full to overflowing. I was only able to buy 8 oz size of mascarpone, so I had to buy two to get 1 and a quarter cups. I would suggest changing the amounts to fit a 9 x 13 pan, thus using up all the lady fingers and cheese. But it tastes and looks divine. The pieces cut well and hold their shape enough to look lovely on a plate. Thanks for the great recipe.

  197. LAUREN DILLON says:

    HI CHEF DENNIS , I REALLY ENJOYED LOOKING AT YOUR TIRAMISU RECIPE !!! I AM REALLY PARTICULAR TO YOUR PEACH AND RASPBERRY DESSERT. I FORGOT WHAT IT IS CALLED !!!! I HAVENT MADE IT YET . I KNOW IF I MAKE IT , I WILL EAT IT . I AM ON SOMEWHAT OF A DIET RIGHT NOW. I MEANT TO ASK YOU, IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN E-MAIL YOU TO ASK ABOUT YOUR CULINARY STUDIES , IF I WONT BE PRYING TOO MUCH . I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU WENT TO ANY CULINARY INSTITUTES AND STUFF .

    • hi Lauren

      thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like my Tiramisu. As for culinary school, I do have a food service degree but my culinary studies were done via two apprenticeships.

      Cheers
      Dennis

  198. Hi Chef Dennis,
    Tried the recipe again for the 5th time. Still tastes great and well liked by hubby and family. But I still get the texture to be like urs. Mine is still runny and end up moouse-like. Whipped till stiff peaks – have tried to whip longer, it turns into liquid. My heavy whipping cream is 35.1% fat. I don’t know what’s wrong. Would u be able to advise?

  199. Hello Chef!
    I have a querie…or two!
    My husband cannot have any alcohol so I’ll be omitting that…should I add any extra coffee?
    Also…I have no espresson machine so was thinking I’d use an instant coffee to make a strong amount…I think it would be stronger than regular brewed coffee. Do you think that will work? Not AS nice, I know!
    Oh…make it three queries…
    I have a glass-top stove, not gas…would it be best, with the double boiling, to bring the water to a simmer before I start the yolks/sugar? I will be using a stainless steel bowl over a pot, as no double boiler. I enjoy cooking but don’t have every toy out there…must get creative with what I do have!!!
    Thanks in advance!
    Alli

    • hi Alli

      you do not need to use the alcohol, and just replace it with more coffee. Instant coffee is fine and just make it a little on the strong side. As for the double boiler that exactly how I do it so you should be fine.

      let me know how it turns out.

      Dennis

  200. Marlyss says:

    I’m drooling! I have an amazing recipe for tiramisu – very similar to yours. It coffee and coffee liqueur for the lady fingers but adds Marsala in the cheese portion. I serve it on raspberry coulis and shave dark chocolate overtop. So delish.

  201. the most yummy tiramisu I’ve ever made! dintre toate variantele de tiramisu pe care le-am experimentat,aceasta este cea mai buna!

  202. Hi – This recipe looks great – i was debating the cream vs egg whites as well. My question – when you are done whipping the eggs with the sugar over the double boiler, do you need to cool them? It seems like it might get very loose if you mix the mascarpone in with hot egg yolks?

    • hi Diana

      towards the end the eggs are off the heat somewhat and as you whip they are cooling down. The eggs won’t be extremely hot and will cool down enough to mix the mascarpone in after a few minutes

      Dennis

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