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How to Make Tiramisu: A Classic Italian Dessert

25 de mayo de 2024

Tiramisu is a delightful Italian dessert known for its creamy layers and rich coffee flavor. This no-bake dessert is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving something sweet. Follow this step-by-step guide to create an authentic tiramisu that will impress your family and friends.


  • For the Cream:
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (227g) mascarpone cheese
  • For the Layers:
  • 2 cups (480ml) strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1 package (200g) ladyfingers (savoiardi)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Dark chocolate shavings (optional)


  1. Prepare the Cream:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and creamy. This can take about 5 minutes of vigorous whisking. You can also use an electric mixer for convenience.
  • In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. This means the cream should hold its shape well when the whisk or beaters are lifted.
  • Gently fold the mascarpone cheese into the whipped cream until smooth. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Combine the mascarpone mixture with the egg yolk mixture. Gently fold them together until well combined and smooth.
  1. Prepare the Coffee Mixture:
  • In a shallow dish, mix the cooled coffee with the coffee liqueur (if using).
  • Quickly dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture. Be sure not to soak them, as they will become too soggy. A quick dip of about 1-2 seconds per side is sufficient.
  1. Assemble the Tiramisu:
  • Spread a layer of the mascarpone cream mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) dish or a similarly sized container.
  • Arrange a layer of dipped ladyfingers on top of the cream.
  • Spread another layer of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.
  • Repeat the process, creating 2-3 layers, finishing with a layer of the mascarpone cream.
  1. Chill and Serve:
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the dessert to set properly.
  • Before serving, dust the top generously with cocoa powder. You can also add dark chocolate shavings for an extra touch of elegance.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Cut the tiramisu into squares and serve chilled. Each bite should offer a perfect balance of creamy mascarpone, rich coffee, and delicate ladyfingers.

Tips for Success:

  • Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Make sure the coffee is cooled before dipping the ladyfingers to prevent them from becoming too mushy.
  • Allowing the tiramisu to chill overnight enhances the flavor and texture.

Tiramisu is a beloved dessert that never fails to impress. With this simple recipe, you can bring a taste of Italy into your home and enjoy a deliciously creamy treat. Buon appetito!