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slice of tiramisu with a dusting of cocoa sitting on a white plate
The Best Tiramisu You Will Ever Make
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Your friends and family will love my tiramisu recipe.  It's easy to make and I guarantee it will be the Best Tiramisu you've ever had!   Can you believe that this classic dessert can be made in 30 minutes? 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Authentic Tiramisu, easy tiramisu, tiramisu recipe
Servings: 9
Calories: 490 kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley
  • 6 large egg yolks (approx. 1/2 cup of yolks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese ( room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 -7 oz packages Italian Lady fingers (Savoiardi style}
  • 1 cup cold espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup coffee flavored Liqueur optional
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cocoa for dusting
  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.  Allow to cool briefly before mixing in mascarpone.

  2. Add Mascarpone to whipped yolks, beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer whip cream to stiff peaks.   (hand mixer or stand mixer is fine)

  4. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone sabayon mixture and set aside. The mascarpone does not have to be at room temperature, but it will help it mix in easier if it is.  Take it out of the refrigerator as you gather ingredients to make the recipe.
  5. Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor and dip the ladyfingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, do not soak them!
  6. Arrange the ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish (or container similarly sized)

  7. Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the ladyfingers.

  8. Repeat process with another layer of ladyfingers 
  9. Add another layer of tiramisu cream

  10. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Overnight is best.

  11. Dust with cocoa before serving
Recipe Notes

***If you can't find Mascarpone in your stores.  You can make this substitute.  It won't be exactly the same but it will come close.

8 ounces full fat cream cheese, 1/4 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, whip until it's just blended. This will give the equivalent of around 1 1/4 cups mascarpone.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Tiramisu You Will Ever Make
Amount Per Serving
Calories 490 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 217mg72%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1280IU26%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.