Light, traditional-tasting tiramisu. Cognac can be substituted for amaretto liqueur. Dark coffee can be substituted for espresso.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk mascarpone cheese, sugar, and amaretto liqueur together in a bowl until smooth.

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  • Beat cream in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: whipped cream will form soft mounds rather than a sharp peak. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.

  • Pour espresso into a bowl. Dip ladyfingers into espresso and arrange 12 dipped ladyfingers in an 8-inch square pan. Spread 1/2 the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers. Grate 1 chocolate square over mascarpone layer. Repeat a second layer with remaining dipped ladyfingers, mascarpone mixture, and chocolate, respectively. Refrigerate tiramisu until set, at least 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 6.1g 12% DV; carbohydrates 33g 11% DV; fat 29.4g 45% DV; cholesterol 123.1mg 41% DV; sodium 64.2mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2013
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! This is the only way that I make my Tiramisu. Sometimes I use cocoa powder in place of the grated chocolate. What originally attracted me to this recipe many years ago, was that it does not use eggs...This is the BEST! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2013
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! This is the only way that I make my Tiramisu. Sometimes I use cocoa powder in place of the grated chocolate. What originally attracted me to this recipe many years ago, was that it does not use eggs...This is the BEST! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2016
Easy and turned out great. The only thing is: I had to use more than 8 oz of espresso because ladyfingers absorb liquid very quickly. I'm not sure I would use so much espresso next time. Maybe next time I would even do one layer soaked (like the bottom layer) and the second layer unsoaked because although I love espresso it was slightly overpowering. It still gets five stars because it is so incredibly easy with no baking required. Can't beat that! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2016
So good we loved it! I only needed 1 oz of chocolate. I think I would've preferred cocoa powder overall though. Will definitely make again thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2017
Loved this recipe! It's simple n fast. Best part is that no eggs! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2016
Excellent easy recipe. I did change to Tia Maria instead of the amaretto. I like the added smooth coffee flavor it adds! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2018
Recipe was easy to follow. I sprinkled cocoa over the entire top quite liberally giving it a great presentation. Decadent. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
SO delicious! It was a huge hit at my dinner party everyone was asking for the recipe. The only thing i changed was using cocoa powder instead of the grated chocolate which i think made it more authentic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
This IS the classic Tiramisu recipe...except the chocolate should be substituted with cocoa as some have mentioned. But this is by far the BEST Tiramisu ever (and I've made & eaten many) PS...If your ladyfingers are too soggy then you are letting them soak in the espresso too long. They are like sponges so just dip them for a few seconds. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2020
I made it 3 times this week to perfect it for my mom’s bday. Here is what I learned: 1) The marscapone needs to sit out to get warm for it to whisk easily. Don’t beat it to be faster! That makes it curdle. 2) Coffee brewed at 3x the normal strength is almost as good as espresso. 3) Cocoa tastes better than shaved chocolate. 4) It’s significantly better after 2 days! Just as good as in an expensive Italian restaurant. Read More