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Authentic Tiramisu

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"On my first trip to Italy to meet my husband's family back in 1995, I didn't speak a word of Italian. But I did learn how to make great 'dolci' from his sister, Maria. This was her recipe and now when we go back they ask me to make it!"
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2 h 30 m servings 324
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Beat 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks, brandy, and 1 tablespoon espresso together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese to sugar-egg mixture and beat until well blended, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Beat egg whites and a pinch sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into mascarpone mixture.
  3. Pour remaining espresso into a shallow dish. Dip 1 side of each ladyfinger into the espresso and arrange on a serving platter in 2 horizontal rows of 6 with 2 1/2 ladyfingers in opposite direction on both ends to form a rectangular shape.
  4. Spread 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture onto the ladyfinger layer and dust with 1/2 of the cocoa powder. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers dipped in espresso, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder. Refrigerate tiramisu until ladyfingers have softened from the espresso and mascarpone mixture, 2 to 3 hours.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Strong brewed coffee can be used in place of the espresso.
  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw eggs. Learn more about egg safety from our article, Making Your Eggs Safe.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 324 calories; 21.6 25.7 7.5 155 84 Full nutrition

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Excellent! Just like nonna used to make! No need to change a thing. Method is perfect. Thanks Kim's Cookin Now! for sharing this recipe.

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I'm sure I will give it more stars if the recipe specify that you need to beat the yolks and the sugar for longer than 5 minutes, which was way too little and my cream came out all clumsy. I had...

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Excellent! Just like nonna used to make! No need to change a thing. Method is perfect. Thanks Kim's Cookin Now! for sharing this recipe.

I made this EXACT to the recipe except I had to use coffee instead of espresso (they aren't done building our Starbucks yet!) This was incredible!! Its exactly like my neighbor, who is Italian, ...

The most amazing tiramisu I've ever had! Thanks for sharing! I like that only eggs and mascarpone are used and not the whipped cream replacement that I often see. I find this very important. I ...

This was my first attempt at Tiramisu and I'm so pleased that this is the recipe I chose. I just followed the directions and ended up with the most amazing dessert. The only change I made was us...

I wish I could give this recipe 6 stars, because, yes, it is THAT good! Just perfect in every way. Don't be fooled by those tiramisu impostors that use whipped cream or standard cream cheese i...

I'm not a big tiramisu fan but wanted to experience it again; perhaps my taste buds can appreciate it now that I'm older. This recipe is surprisingly easy to make, and comes together really well...

I have tried this Tiramisu 3 times. The more I eat it, the more I love it. The blend of flavors transport you to Italy in one second. So reach and well balanced. Nothing to change, just perfect.

Heaven, absolute heaven. No adjustments are needed for this recipe, it's perfect. Thanks Kim!

Mmm, mmmm, good, no, make that GREAT! This is such a delicious recipe, and since it's no-bake, even better! The mascarpone filling is to die for. It, alone, can be used to make a fruit parfai...