Italian Tiramisu Recipe! Authentic , Simple, Delicious & Classic

The Bella Vita
by The Bella Vita
8 portion
30 min

This Italian tiramisu recipe is made in the authentic Italian way, and might have a few tips that you’ve never seen before in a tiramisu!

I recently made this tiramisu in the classic Italian way by using mascarpone and Italian espresso coffee.

But I added an additional twist, and one which has turned out to work wonder!

And what’s that twist?

Grated dark chocolate!

Every Italian grows up learning how to make a proper Italian tiramisu.

My grandmother taught me as a child, and I have been making them ever since.

It’s an easy and quick dessert which requires no baking at all.

When you need to serve it, all you have to do is cut it into cubes with the help of a spatula, take it out of the baking dish and place it onto a dessert plate.

Give it a sprinkling of cocoa and you are all set!

This Italian tiramisu recipe, after a night of rest in the fridge, becomes even better as the cream becomes a bit more compact.

Keep scrolling down and you’ll see what I am talking about.

Ingredients needed To Make Tiramisu

These are the main ingredients you need for this recipe.

For the step-by-step directions and measurements, scroll down to our printable recipe card.

  • Lady finger cookies
  • Fresh eggs
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Sugar
  • Cold espresso coffee
  • Dark chocolate
  • Sherry or Marsala
  • Cocoa powder

Recipe Variations

In my opinion, there is no variation for the preparation of this fantastic dessert.

This is the original recipe with the addition of dark chocolate flakes.

Recipe Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

What liquor is in tiramisu?

Does tiramisu always have alcohol?

How long does homemade tiramisu last?

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Your friends and family are gonna love my Italian tiramisu recipe.

It’s easy to make and I guarantee it will be the best tiramisu you’ve ever eaten!


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Italian Tiramisu Recipe! Authentic , Simple, Delicious & Classic
Recipe details
  • 8  portion
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 300g of Lady finger cookies ( about 30)
  • 4 Fresh eggs
  • 500g of Mascarpone cheese ( 1,1 lb = 2 1/4 cups)
  • 100g of Sugar ( 1/2 cup)
  • 300ml of Cold espresso coffee ( 1 ¼ cup)
  • 1 Bar of good, dark chocolate
  • 2 Shots of sherry
  • Enough cocoa powder as needed

Prepare the coffee.
Once ready, add a spoon of sugar and a shot of sherry and let it cool down in a bowl.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and start whipping the yolks with half of the sugar.
When the mixture becomes light and fluffy, slowly add the mascarpone.
At this point, we need to whip up the egg whites until stiff with the remaining sugar.
Thereafter, mix this into the egg yolk & mascarpone mixture from the previous step. Fold in the egg white and sugar mixture, until your tiramisu sauce is even and smooth.
And now it's time to compose our tiramisu:
In a baking pan spread 2 generous spoons of our cream on the bottom, in order to form a cream layer.
Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee & sherry and start distributing them evenly onto our bed of cream. Tip: Dip the ladyfingers briefly into the coffee. Do not let them soak too long as then they will become too soggy.
Chop up (or grate) the dark chocolate and spread it over the ladyfingers. (You decide how much chocolate you want on your tiramisu, you can even prepare it without it! )
Cover with a layer of cream and repeat.
In the last layer dust the tiramisu with sifted cocoa.
Cover the tiramisu with clear film and let it rest for at least 3/4 hours in the fridge.
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  • Cri59411268 Cri59411268 on Sep 30, 2022

    What size pan did you use? It looks delicious.

  • Sandra Gentry Brownlow Sandra Gentry Brownlow on Oct 10, 2022

    Does this recipe contain raw egg yolk?

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    • Yes. See my explanation below. Did you read the instructions all the way through?