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Tiramisu is one of those rare cuisines to have successfully continued the rich lineage of traditional Italian flavors. Its delicate textures are well-matched with strong refined flavors to impress the taste-buds.

Four cups of Tiramisu on a table next to each other with spoons.

The overlapped layering of soaked biscuits and velvety moist mixture soothes the palate amusingly. Moreover, the powerful scent drives your senses into a frenzy to taste this incredible sweet delight.

A homemade tiramisu is like a free ticket to Italy. Furthermore, going by the literal Italian translation, “pick me up,” this dessert definitely packs the authentic Italian flavors. It certainly temps a person into picking up a cup of tiramisu and digging in.  

What goes into baking tiramisu?

This ancient recipe brings together different flavors and textures. You’ll need six ingredients to create this classic sweet dish. Those ingredients are; espresso, mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, egg yolks, sugar, and cocoa powder.

To avoid ending up with soggy ladyfingers, use Italian ladyfingers. Italian ladyfingers, known as savoiardi, are crunchier than other ladyfinger biscuits. The espresso dipping step helps them absorb the lovely sweet-smelling coffee. Therefore, this saves them from becoming overly moist.

This famous dessert packs healthy ingredients. Namely, egg yolks are high on proteins. Cocoa powder has more than a dozen positive health effects. Espresso is an excellent memory enhancer that helps in digestion, aids in removing toxins from the body, and is good for the heart too.

For an extra crunch, serve the chilled tiramisu with caramelized peanut.

Chopnotch baking tips:

  • For a super light tiramisu, the secret lies in the beating of mascarpone cheese. The more the beating, the lighter the texture.
  • To achieve a silky smooth mixture, using egg yolks and mascarpone cheese at room temperature helps extensively.
  • Don’t leave the ladyfinger cookies in the espresso for too long. Just dip them in for a few seconds and take them out.

Tiramisu: a quick, no-bake dessert

Tiramisu originated about 60 years back. Yet, the mind-blowing factor about this recipe lies in its simplicity.

This classic dessert needs only 5-10 minutes to prepare. Notably, there is no baking or frying involved. To get the perfect tiramisu, you just have to be patient and let it sit in the refrigerator for some hours.

This popular dessert uses 6 ingredients prepared through an easy layering process. In particular, you only need to work with two layers.

First, one layer is the well-known ladyfinger cookies dipped in espresso. The next layer is mouth-watering, creamy mascarpone cheese mixed or blended with egg yolks and sugar into a fluffy texture.

Tiramisu can be the highlight of any formal party, family get-together or reunion.

If you are thrilled about making it for a special date night, then you can add some liquor to the espresso for that extra touch of flavor. In fact, you can opt for dark rum, brandy or sweet red wine like marsala. Additionally, almond and coffee liquors are some other great options.

Now that you have the right authentic recipe at hand, you can finally quit booking a table at high-end restaurants to enjoy this classic tiramisu!

Make your own homemade tiramisu! Devour it with your loved ones seated snugly on your sofa.

How to Make


A classic Tiramisu, deliciously layered with espresso-coated ladyfingers and a light creamy, soft cheesy, sweet concoction topped with bold cocoa powder.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 3


  • 2 cups espresso
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 box ladyfingers, cut in half
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • cocoa powder, for serving
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  • Soak ladyfingers in coffee while you cook the filling.
  • Mix cheese, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl or you can use blender.
  • Prepare small cups or bowls for tiramisu. Put ladyfingers first on the bottom to create the first layer. Top with cream cheese mixture. Repeat the layers to the top.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Serve topped with cocoa powder.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 748kcal (37%), Carbohydrates: 75g (25%), Protein: 14g (28%), Fat: 43g (66%), Saturated Fat: 24g (150%), Cholesterol: 351mg (117%), Sodium: 147mg (6%), Potassium: 111mg (3%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 33g (37%), Vitamin A: 1590IU (32%), Calcium: 152mg (15%), Iron: 2.7mg (15%)

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