How to Make Tiramisu

tiramisu recipeThis month for Lazy Susan, we are celebrating things that we love. There is nothing that I love more than tiramisu. It is my favorite dessert in the world. I never made it at home because most of the recipes that I found called for raw egg. I know, the tiramisu that I was eating probably contained raw egg. But I didn’t know about it, therefore, it didn’t bother me. I am pleading ignorance. I discovered this recipe from a friend, and it truly is what I want for my last meal on this Earth. Layers of zabaglione, lady fingers, chocolate chips, and a boozy coffee mixture. The longer it chills, the better it tastes.

This recipe is for sure a special occasion recipe. It calls for an absurd (not to mention expensive) amount of mascarpone cheese. But worth every calorie, and every dollar. When I was buying the ingredients for this tiramisu, I discovered that there is such thing as frozen ladyfingers. I had no idea that these existed. They are a little more cake-like, I have made this recipe a few times, and I prefer the kind that are more like biscotti. You can buy them in gourmet stores, Italian markets, online, and sometimes in the cookie section of the grocery store.

I really like the addition of the chocolate chips. The one thing that I don’t like about tiramisu sometimes is that it has no texture. The mini chips add the perfect amount of crunch that I think this recipe needs.

tiramisu recipe6 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 cups mascarpone, room temperature
1 cup mini chocolate chips
6 cups boiling water
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup instant espresso powder
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup Kahlua
2 packs (14-ounces) ladyfingers
3/4 cups finely grated bittersweet chocolate

tiramisu recipeWhisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Or a double boiler if you have one, I don’t, so I just use a metal bowl.

tiramisu recipePut the boil over a pot of simmering water.

tiramisu recipeWhisk constantly until the eggs triple in volume and turn pale yellow. It takes about 5 minutes.

tiramisu recipeNow that I am reading this recipe again, it would have been smart of me to use the bowl of the mixer, instead of transferring it to the mixer bowl. Oops. Pour the eggs into the mixer and beat for about 5 minutes. The bowl will feel cool when it is ready.

tiramisu recipeAdd the mascarpone, one tub at a time until it is combined.

tiramisu recipeFold in the chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour.

tiramisu recipeIn a large bowl, stir together the boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, cocoa powder and Kahlua. Stir until everything has dissolved. Set aside and let cool.

tiramisu recipePour the coffee mixture into a shallow dish. Dip the ladyfingers into the mixture, and line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the cookies. You want the ladyfingers pretty wet, but not so wet that they fall apart. When I was done with my layer, I would brush more of the coffee mixture over each layer just to be sure that they were really soaked.

tiramisu recipeLayer 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat the layers until you have 3 layers of each. Alternate the direction of the cookies, it helps the tiramisu hold together when you cut it. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Overnight is even better. You can make this a few days ahead of time.

tiramisu recipeCover the top with shaved chocolate before serving.

tiramisu recipeNext up, find out what Amy Boring loves. And while you are it, check out her gorgeous website called eat swell. Seriously beautiful.

tiramisu recipe

The Best Tiramisu

Yield: serves 12

The Best Tiramisu Recipe - ladyfingers soaked in Kahlua coffee and layered with mascarpone filling. Topped with grated chocolate

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant espresso powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 2 packs (14-ounces) ladyfingers
  • 3/4 cups finely grated bittersweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Or a double boiler if you have one, I don’t, so I just use a metal bowl.
  2. Put the boil over a pot of simmering water.
  3. Whisk constantly until the eggs triple in volume and turn pale yellow. It takes about 5 minutes.
  4. Now that I am reading this recipe again, it would have been smart of me to use the bowl of the mixer, instead of transferring it to the mixer bowl. Oops. Pour the eggs into the mixer and beat for about 5 minutes. The bowl will feel cool when it is ready.
  5. Add the mascarpone, one tub at a time until it is combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour.
  7. In a large bowl, stir together the boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, and Kahlua. Stir until everything has dissolved. Set aside and let cool.
  8. Pour the coffee mixture into a shallow dish. Dip the ladyfingers into the mixture, and line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the cookies.
  9. Layer 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat the layers until you have 3 layers of each. Alternate the direction of the cookies, it helps the tiramisu hold together when you cut it. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Overnight is even better. The longer is chills, the better it is.
  10. Cover the top with shaved chocolate before serving.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Mara @ Elemental Custard

    Mmmm delicious! I’ve been dying to make a tiramsiu cake and try using sponge cake for the layers. -although I don’t seem to have been finding the time to try it. Yours looks delightful!

  2. Caroline

    Mmm, I love tiramisu! I can’t wait to eat it again after the baby is born! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. bakedbree

      you can eat this version since it is all cooked!

  3. Amanda

    That is one seriously gorgeous desert Bree!

  4. amy b

    i have never been a huge dessert girl but oh do i love this one and it looks and sounds devine. I may have to bust this one out and not feel once ounce of guilt. puffy hearts and rainbows on your shoulder for the eat-swell.com shout out. <3

  5. Lynsey

    I love tiramisu too!! Didn’t even know it had raw egg. I really don’t care because it’s so good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to make this dessert at some point, but it may be a while since no one else in my family likes tiramisu and I’d probably eat the whole entire pan myself! So I’ll have to bring this baby to a party!

  6. Deanna

    I’ve never been a huge tiramisu fan, but that could be because I’ve only ever eaten it out, and I think it was all from a frozen tiramisu. Definitely not the same as one made from scratch!

  7. Memoria

    I’m not a fan of tiramisรน, but I am always fascinated by the process of making it. As always, your photos are lovely. You know you can make your own mascarpone for much cheaper than buying it, and it requires only 2 ingredients (cream/whole milk and lemon). I use the recipe from Baking Obsession blog (https://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/05/02/homemade-mascarpone-cheese/).

    P.S. What is wrong with eating raw eggs? I never understood the paranoia behind raw eggs (except for if your preggers or an infant haha)

    1. bakedbree

      It just grosses me out. I am sure that it is safe. But I had salmonella once in college and I am still scared.

  8. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    This looks delicious! I haven’t had tiramisu in such a long time but now I can’t wait to have some for dessert!

  9. Christi's Chirps

    Oh, my, my, my! This looks AMAZING! My mother-in-law’s birthday party is this Saturday night. I’ll totally be making this for her birthday dessert!

    Cheers,
    Christi

  10. Cassie

    I love tiramisu is an understatement. This is gorgeous!

  11. Nicole, RD

    You make that look sooo simple….and delicious!

  12. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooh my gosh! This looks great! I can picture me, a cup of coffee and the entire pan…

  13. Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    thanks so much for sharing this recipe. i am always on the look-out for a good tiramisu recipe. i love your recipes so i can’t wait to try this one!!

  14. Connecting Four

    Oooo That looks so delicious I think I might try that sometime!

  15. Shannon

    I’m going to forget all the raw egg business because I LOVE me some tiramisu! So excited to try this out. Thank you for always making recipes so relatable ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Marissa

    Yum this looks so good! How do you shave the chocolate bar so finely?

  17. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE

    Oooooo… I LOVE tiramisu too. It is – by far – my favorite dessert when done RIGHT. And it looks like you’ve done it right! Gorgeous, and I’m sure delicious!

  18. Jenni

    Wonderful job! I love tiramisu, too, but I cannot allow myself to make it. I WILL eat the entire pan…

  19. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

    This looks amazing! It is my husband’s favorite dessert so I will bookmark this recipe!

  20. K&B

    One of my favorites !

  21. Puneet

    Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks amazing.
    Btw the ingredients mention cocoa powder, but i didn’t see where it was being used in the steps?

    1. bakedbree

      thanks for letting me know. It goes into the dipping liquid.

  22. Mike

    Putting the eggs in the double boiler over simmering water does not cook them. You are simply warming the eggs to loosen them and make the incorporation of air easier so that the mix is lighter and more flavorful. Even with this recipe you are still eating raw eggs. If they were actually cooked the end product would be chunky.

    It takes a temperature of 142 degrees F or higher to begin ti cook an egg and simmering water is at a max of 120 or so, which is not high enough to kill any bacteria or other pathogens.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Mike.

  23. Suzy

    You can use cream cheese in place of the mascarpone as a cheap substitute and it tastes every bit as amazing. You don’t even need eggs in this version.

    1. bakedbree

      I disagree, I do not think that cream cheese is as good here. I think that if you are going to make a tiramisu you should make it the real way.

  24. Jill

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks fabulous! And mascarpone is on-sale at my grocery store this week. Decisions, decisions. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Go get some and make this!

  25. loveandtiramisu

    This looks really good! I like the addition of chocolate chips – might have to try that next time I make tiramisu. The famous Pompi tiramisu from Rome also has chocolate chips for a bit of crunch factor – so you are on to a good thing =)

    1. bakedbree

      Why thank you. This is the best recipe I have ever had. The crunch really gives it lots of texture and I love it.

  26. Mia

    This is only a “kind of” Tiramisu… In real Tiramisu you whisk only yellows from eggs with sugar, not the whole eggs. Plus wrong ingredients… Your recipe can be good, but it’s not Tiramisu…

    1. bakedbree

      Well, to each his own.

    2. Taylor Johnson

      Party pooper.

  27. zahra

    i tried this recipe and everyone loved it! thankyou so much ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. bakedbree

      I love this recipe!! SO glad that you liked it so much too.

  28. Anu

    Bree,

    Once again, a huge thanks for your recipes. I tried your Tiramisu recipe today and I couldn’t believe, but it was incredibly delicious. Thanks so much!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! Love this recipe.

  29. Lynette

    I love this recipe! It’s even more delicious then the Tiramisu I enjoyed in Italy. I’ve made this recipe three times now at different events and it’s a hit with everyone! Thanks for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      Wow! Thanks for the endorsement. My FAVORITE dessert ever.

  30. Taylor Johnson

    Awesome! But I have a couple things to say:

    1. You have an error! When you say to whisk together all the coffee ingredients (kahlua, coffee) you say to whisk in brown sugar when I assume it’s cocoa powder.

    2. Apparently nowhere around here sells ladyfingers so I’m using waffle cookies. Should still be good though~ I’m adding extra chocolate chips for the lost texture.

    1. bakedbree

      it’s also brown sugar. I don’t think that there is an error.

  31. Lindsay

    I’m planning to try this for my boss’ birthday at the end of the month. I’ve never made tiramisu before. I’m confused about whisking the egg mixture. I don’t have a stand mixer. Should I whisk over the double boiler for 5 minutes, and then off the heat for another 5 minutes until cool? Or just combine over the double boiler, then take off the heat and whisk for 5 minutes?

    Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      You cook over the double boiler to cook the eggs, then you whisk for volume. You want to whisk until they are thick and pale yellow.

      1. Lindsay

        Thanks. How long should the eggs cook? Do I whisk while they’re cooking, or let them sit while they’re cooking and then whisk? Sorry for all the questions, but I really don’t want to mess it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. bakedbree

          You whisk the whole time they are cooking otherwise they will scramble. Follow the recipe as stated knowing that you will be whisking by hand and not using a mixer so it take longer.

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