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"Mastering the Art of Homemade Classic Tiramisu: A Step-by-Step Guide"

Updated: Mar 31


Tiramisu is a beloved Italian dessert known for its rich layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, creamy mascarpone cheese filling, and a dusting of cocoa powder. This classic recipe offers a perfect balance of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among dessert enthusiasts worldwide.


- 6 large egg yolks

- 3/4 cup granulated sugar

- 1 cup mascarpone cheese, softened

- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

- 2 cups strong brewed coffee or espresso, cooled to room temperature

- 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (optional)

- 1 package ladyfinger cookies (savoiardi)

- Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

- Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)


1. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler) and continue whisking constantly until the mixture reaches a light ribbon consistency, about 5-7 minutes.

2. Remove the bowl from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Then, whisk in the softened mascarpone cheese until smooth and well combined. Set aside.

3. In a separate mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until no streaks remain. Be careful not to overmix.

4. In a shallow dish, combine the cooled coffee or espresso with the coffee liqueur (if using). Dip each ladyfinger cookie into the coffee mixture for about 1-2 seconds, ensuring they are soaked but not overly saturated.

5. Arrange a layer of soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish, breaking them as needed to fit. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the ladyfingers.

6. Repeat the layers, starting with another layer of soaked ladyfingers followed by the remaining mascarpone mixture.

7. Cover the tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to set.

8. Before serving, sift a generous amount of unsweetened cocoa powder over the top of the tiramisu. For an extra touch of elegance, garnish with dark chocolate shavings, if desired.

9. Slice the tiramisu into squares or rectangles using a sharp knife, and serve chilled. Enjoy the luscious layers of creamy goodness with a hint of coffee flavor!

10. Store any leftover tiramisu in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3-4 days. The flavors will continue to develop over time, making it even more delicious with each passing day.

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