A delicious Tiramisu recipe featuring layers of espresso soaked ladyfinger cookies and mascarpone cream topped with cocoa powder for an elegant, but easy, dessert!
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Why Tiramisu is Best
This classic Italian no-bake dessert is sophisticated and scrumptious!
The bold flavors of coffee, cocoa, cream and Marsala wine are layered together and then refrigerated to chill and set up.
This dessert is perfect for serving friends and family and is sure to impress!
- Tiramisu is a no-bake dessert that takes less than 30 minutes to put together.
- Ladyfinger cookies are dipped in an espresso mixture and layered into a baking dish.
- An easy-to-make whipped mascarpone cream is dolloped on top of each layer of cookies.
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- Ladyfinger cookies – These oval-shaped cookies are very dry and absorbent, allowing them to soak in the espresso flavor. You can substitute a sponge cake if needed.
- Marsala wine – A sweet marsala wine is traditional in this dessert. However, you can also use brandy, rum or a coffee liqueur like Kahlua if desired.
- Eggs – The egg whites and egg yolks need to be separated for this recipe.
- Mascarpone cheese – This is an Italian cream cheese style cheese that’s smooth and slightly sweet. If you can’t find it, you can substitute cream cheese instead.
Make the coffee mixture. Whisk together the espresso, marsala wine and one cup of sugar.
Make the mascarpone cream. Beat the egg yolks with sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the mascarpone cheese and beat for 3-5 more minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Egg whites. Beat the egg whites in a separate, dry bowl, until stiff peaks form. Fold them gently into the mascarpone cream mixture.
Layer the dessert. Dip each ladyfinger cookie into the espresso mixture and place a single layer in your baking pan. Add half of the mascarpone cream mixture on top of the cookies, then add another layer of dipped cookies and top with the remaining mascarpone cream.
Refrigerate. Cover and refrigerate the dessert for at least 4 hours. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder then slice and serve.
Tips and Tricks
- The espresso coffee needs to be prepared and slightly cooled to lukewarm for this recipe, so please plan accordingly.
- Separate egg whites and yolks carefully. Make sure the egg whites are completely separate and free from any bits of yolk. Any yolk can make it difficult to whip the whites into stiff peaks.
- Use a clean, dry mixing bowl. Make sure your bowl is completely DRY before adding the egg whites to beat them.
- Refrigerate to set up. Be sure to allow at least 4 hours for this dessert to set up in the refrigerator before slicing and serving.
- Want extra coffee flavor? Mix 1 teaspoon of espresso powder with the cocoa powder to sprinkle on top of this dessert.
We understand some people don’t want to use raw eggs, even if they are pasteurized. To replace them, during step 2, whisk egg yolks with sugar in a small saucepan over medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Move the eggs to the stand mixer and continue. For the egg whites, swap them out with 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Beat in bowl until stiff peaks form then fold into the egg yolk mixture.
Tiramisu contains caffeine from the espresso as well as alcohol from the marsala wine, which could be harmful to children in large amounts. Use your best judgement.
Store tiramisu, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.