Tiramisú is a traditional Italian dessert where mascarpone cheese and espresso coffee are blended together with eggs, sugar, and liquor. The mixture is poured into a serving dish or individual glasses, sprinkled with cocoa powder and grated chocolate. This Easy Italian Tiramisú is super great to make at home!
People typically serve Tiramisú as an after-dinner dessert; although you can enjoy it any time. While most people think of tiramisú as something that they order in restaurants instead of cooking at home, it’s actually really simple to make this classic Italian dish from scratch!
It is my favorite dessert and I ask for it every time I have a birthday or holiday.
What is Tiramisú made of?
- mascarpone cheese
- Optional to decorate:
- cocoa powder
- Coffee grains
How to Make It
– This authentic Italian dessert consists of four separated layers, two of mascarpone cream, and two soaked ladyfingers.
– Let´s start preparing the mascarpone cream. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. You will only use 1 egg white and 2 two yolks.
– Mix half of the sugar with the yolks and start beating with a hand mixer until whipped. Sugar should be dissolved, and the volume of the mixture should almost double in size. Set aside.
– Mix the other half of the sugar with the egg white and repeat the process. This time, use the whisk attachment for whipping. The volume should increase much more. You will know it is ready if when removing the whisk from the mix, the egg white still sticks to it.
– In a large mixing bowl, beat the mascarpone. Add the whipped yolks and combine until well homogenized. Add the whipped egg white and combine slowly with a spatula in a circular motion. It is important to add air into the final mixture. You will get a creamy and delicious mascarpone cream.
– Tip: It will be easier for you to beat if you take it out of the fridge 10 minutes before using it.
– It is time for the soaked ladyfingers. You can use any type of coffee to soak them but remember: the better the quality of the ingredients, the better will be the result. It especially applies to coffee because it is one of the dominant flavors in the recipe.
– Start preparing the coffee and let it cool for 10 minutes.
– Tip: You can start with this step and prepare the mascarpone cream while you wait for the coffee to cool.
– Soak the ladyfingers for 5 seconds on each side and start forming the first layer. You will have to break some ladyfingers to fill little gaps.
-Tip: Be careful not oversoaking, because they can fall apart, and the taste of the coffee will be excessive.
– Once the first layer of soaked ladyfingers is ready, spread half of your mascarpone cream using a spoon and repeat the process with the next two layers. The authentic tiramisu consists of 4 layers. It is your choice to make more or less layers.
– Spread cocoa powder with a fine-mesh sieve to decorate over the top of the tiramisu.
– Put it into the fridge and wait at least 3 hours until the tiramisu gets a nice consistency.
– Tip: Eventually, spread more cocoa powder as you take it out of the fridge as it might be a little wet.
Can You Make Tiramisu Without Eggs?
A classic Tiramisu is made with eggs but if you’re pregnant or just not feeling the yolk, try replacing them for half cup of heavy cream. Whisk together until it becomes stiff peaks before adding into your mascarpone mixture to lighten up those rich flavors even more!
More Tips and tricks for making a perfect tiramisu dessert
- Follow the recipe’s instructions carefully.
- When you are adding cream, add it a little bit at a time so that it does not get whipped and become airy or fall apart.
- If your tiramisu is too dry after assembly, add some more coffee liqueur.
- If your tiramisu is too wet, add more powdered sugar.
- Assemble the dessert in a loaf pan or baking dish that you have greased with butter to keep it from sticking after its been refrigerated for at least four hours.
- Use mascarpone cheese and do not substitute the cream with anything else as this is what makes Easy Italian Tiramisú so creamy.
- It will last in your refrigerator for up to two days if stored properly (covered with plastic wrap).
This recipe makes cooking tiramisu easy and delicious for anyone, even beginners. The ingredients are simple to find or substitute so that no matter what your dietary restrictions might be, this dish can still work for you. Give it a shot today!