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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Ingredients

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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Nutrition Facts

324 calories; 21.6 g total fat; 155 mg cholesterol; 84 mg sodium. 25.7 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2014
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2016
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 to make it again with another recipe that clearly told me to beat the yolks with the sugar for 12 minutes you get a consistently of a caramel is so different it's so nice and fluffy. I guess that's the price you pay when you don't know about baking/creams/desserts Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2017
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 used to make. It brought back soooo many childhood memories. I'm so excited about finding this gem I am going to make a batch for everyone at work! Everybody should have a true tiramisu and not that garbage you buy at most grocery store bakeries. I found that many of the comments from people complaining about parts of the recipe not being specific enough for them (causing them to ruin their dessert) had to be made by very novice bakers/cooks. With a recipe like this its more of a 'to suit your taste' and the times given for beating the egg whites is merely a suggestion and not the exact science of the recipe. I preferred mine more whipped and that's what I did; someone else may not and that's perfectly fine too. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible recipe. You've made me a very happy girl!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2015
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 made a version with strawberries because I had some pink ladyfingers available but I'm sure the original recipe is also really good. I made the espresso with instant coffee because i don't have an espresso machine and I like to have a good kick of coffee. I think the coffee taste is essential for having a good tiramisu. I didn't have brandy available so I used some chocolate flavored vodka which I also mixed through the coffee. The alcohol is also one of the key-ingredients and should not be left out. I didn't spread the cocoa powder between the layers because I didn't read the instructions at that moment. I'm not sure if it's traditional to have this in-between layer of cocoa powder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2015
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 using regular coffee as a substitute since I didn't have espresso. Also in the future I will make sure to dip the ladyfingers for just a second because I might have let them absorb a little too much coffee giving it a slight soggy texture. All in all an awesome dessert recipe. It will be perfect next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2016
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 in the recipe. This one is the real deal! And it's so easy anyone can make it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2015
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 once you begin assembling it. The only change I made is to quickly dip both sides of the ladyfingers in the espresso just to see what it'll do; the taste of the mascarpone mixture is spot on. I didn't have a pretty dish to put it in since I'm testing it out on my little family. It's presently chilling in the fridge and I will update after we eat it; if the mascarpone mixture is anything to go by I'm sure it'll be delish. The amount of brandy is just right -- a hint without overpowering my taste buds. 8/16/15 I just made this again to finish off the ladyfingers I had leftover from the first time I made this dish. Again this is spot on. The only change I made is to double the amount of espresso because I like to dip both sides of the cookie (so it requires more liquid). I don't like tiramisu but this recipe converted me! It's actually quite easy to make and the only time consuming part is the assembling which really doesn't. Take that's good at all. Thank you so much for sharing this user friendly DELICIOUS dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
Heaven absolute heaven. No adjustments are needed for this recipe it's perfect. Thanks Kim! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2017
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 parfait layering the mascarpone and fresh fruit in a tall parfait glass. Yum! Can hardly wait 'til it's time to make another round! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2016
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 to make it again with another recipe that clearly told me to beat the yolks with the sugar for 12 minutes you get a consistently of a caramel is so different it's so nice and fluffy. I guess that's the price you pay when you don't know about baking/creams/desserts Read More
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