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A white plate with a slice of classic tiramisu on it next to a cup of coffee.


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: classic tiramisu recipe
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 614kcal
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert. Lightly soak the ladyfingers in the espresso / rum mixture for an adult dessert that is simply divine.
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  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups espresso freshly brewed
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 45 ladyfingers savolardi is really good


  • cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cups mascarpone cheese
  • tspn vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the ½ cup sugar and ½ cup of water.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the espresso, and let cool to room temperature.
  • Stir the rum into the cooled espresso mixture.
  • Pour the espresso mixture into a shallow bowl.
  • Quickly working in batches, briefly immerse the ladyfingers in the liquid, then transfer the ladyfingers to a plate. Set aside.
  • To make the filling, grab a heatproof bowl that fits snugly in the rim of a saucepan.
  • Pour water to a depth of about 2 inches into the pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, in the heatproof bowl, whisk together the 1/3 cup of sugar and egg yolks until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture becomes pale.
  • Place the bowl over, not touching, the simmering water in the pan (it makes it easier if you can have a helper hold the heatproof bowl for you with oven mits while you whisk).
  • Using a handheld mixer on medium speed, beat the yolk mixture until very thick and tripled in volume, approx. 6 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and set the yolk mixture aside to cool completely, stirring often.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, using the mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the mascarpone and vanilla to the cooled yolk mixture.
  • Beat with the mixer on medium speed just until smooth and well blended.
  • Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the whipped cream just until combined.
  • To assemble, carefully transfer 15 soaked ladyfingers to a 9-inch square cake dish.
  • Arrange them in a single layer in the bottom of the pan.
  • Using the rubber spatula, evenly spread 1/3 of the filling over the ladyfingers.
  • Place another 15 ladyfingers over the filling in the pan and evenly spread with 1/2 of the remaining filling.
  • Top with the remaining ladyfingers and filling, again spreading evenly.
  • Gently tap the pan against your counter to settle the ingredients.
  • Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  • Run a small, sharp knife around the inside edge of the dish to loosen the sides.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the top with the cocoa powder.
  • Cut into slices and serve!


Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 346mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1348IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3mg