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I know there are many Tiramisu recipes out there but I have to add mine to the roster of recipes. It has to be one of my favourite desserts to eat. It’s easy to make, delicious and a crowd pleaser.

What I don’t understand is how can so many people screw it up? Oh yes, I’ve tried Tiramisus with sponge cake, with too much alcohol or dry cookies in them.

Keep the Tiramisu simple. You can try different flavours with it but please, don’t overdo it. With Tiramisu…less is more.

Before I go on with the recipe, I want to share a quote from the recipe card I have for the Tiramisu:

Rich and delicate at the same time, this Italian dessert is redolent of coffee and Marsala, and blessed with a light, creamy texture.


(serves 6)

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup strong black coffee, freshly made
6 Tbsp. Marsala or sweet sherry
Approx. 16 Savoiardi lady finger cookies
3 fresh eggs, separated
pinch of nutmeg
1 cup Mascarpone cheese
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
cocoa powder

  1. Spoon half of the sugar to the coffee and stir until dissolved. Add the Marsala or Sherry.
  2. Dip half the lady fingers in the coffee & Marsala mixture and arrange in the base of an 8″ X 5″ serving dish.
  3. Beat the egg yolks and nutmeg with the remaining sugar until the mixture has thickened, then stir in the Mascarpone.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the Mascarpone mixture into the egg whites. Spoon half over the lady fingers and smooth the top with a spatula.
  5. Dip the remaining lady fingers in the reamining coffee & Marsala mixture and arrange in the dish. Yop with remanining Mascarpone mixture and smooth the top.
  6. Let it chill overnight for the flavours to marry. Before serving, sprinkle with grated chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder.

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Peter Minakis

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14 Comments for “Tiramisu”



One of my favorites. I haven’t done it since summer. I think I’m never going to start that diet I intended to do soon.



It does get screwed up a lot, I have to admit. And why do people substitute the mascarpone for whipped cream or cool whip? It’s better to just wait until you have the proper ingredients, no? Yours is just right. Good job and thanks for posting it :)

Laurie Constantino


Can you believe it – I’ve never eaten tiramisu! Can’t say why. I’m not that big on desserts (except for cookies and ice cream!), and there’s something about tiramisu that has just never appealed to me. But now that I’ve read your recipe, I can’t figure out what my objection could possibly be – it sounds absolutely delicious!



Another great looking tiramisu! I still have your lemon tiramisu bookmarked and on my to try list. Coffee and marsala sounds like an interesting combo.

Bellini Valli


I have never made tiramisu. Can you believe it????I have the cheese and the marsala in the fridge, all I would need would be the ladyfingers.



This looks great! I have to admit that I became jaded about tiramisu when it was all the rage back in the late 80s. Your version looks good enough to pull me out of my self imposed food snobbery!



Tiramissu looks amazing. You are right it is one of those dishes that is so rich and indulgent as it is rather than adding alsorts of extras. Lovely recipe look slike ones I have eaten in a restaurant. :-)



sounds delicious. tiramisus i’ve had only either had coffee or amaretto in them, not marsala. will give this one a try.



I do believe Tiramisu to be one of the best desserts ever,and I love sweets so that is saying a lot. Yours looks perfect in the photo too.



Peter, I already gained some weight eating too much during Xmas, I will keep this recipe for march or april when I have some space left on my hips!!!



One of my favorites! I adore the coffee flavor and any desset that has marscapone cheese is on my hit list!