Tiramisu

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This Tiramisu recipe consists of a sweet creamy mascarpone filling layered with espresso-dipped lady fingers and topped with a thick dusting of cocoa powder. Serve this no-bake dessert following a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and a crisp caesar salad (or one using kale).

A few years ago I went to Northern Italy and every.single.restaurant I went to, I tried the tiramisu. I wanted to compare and contrast various types of tiramisu. We had it in Verona, Bologna and Milan. I hear that it actually comes from Veneto but it doesn’t matter because in every single place, It was a trip full of stellar tiramisu.

It was on this trip that realized that I like my tiramisu more of a scoop-able variety vs. a sliceable one. I like it to be creamy, a bit messy and topped with such a thick layer of cocoa that have to be sure to not inhale when you take a bite.

Tiramisu

What is Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert that consists of lady fingers dipped in espresso and layered with a sweet, fluffy mascarpone cheese and topped with a thick layer of cocoa powder.

Listen, I’m also not a total classic girl. I love some variations on this recipe. I have one with earl grey tea and another using chai. Both delicious!

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How to Make Tiramisu

  1. Make the filling. You can do this in the bowl of a stand-up mixer OR you can do this in a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer. I like using the paddle attachment. You want all of the ingredients to be cold.
  2. Beat all of the filling ingredients together until nice and fluffy. I set my timer to 1 minutes. I then scraped down the sides and then beat it again for an additional minute. As a result, everything was silky smooth.
  3. Grab your espresso (mixed with water) or strongly brewed coffee. You have choices! Either will work.
  4. Dip your lady fingers into the coffee. And then immediately transfer it to a baking dish. I used an 8×8 baking dish, but any comparable one will do.
  5. Add half of the mascarpone mixture, spreading it out, creating an even, smooth layer.
  6. Top it with the rest of the dipped lady fingers.
  7. And then finish with the remaining mascarpone mixture.
  8. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top, pressed onto the surface. And then transfer it to the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, I like to leave it overnight.
  9. When you unwrap it and are ready to serve, you may have to smooth out the top a bit.
  10. And then dust it with a thick coating of cocoa powder.
  11. Scoop and serve!

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Can You Freeze Tiramisu

Yes, you can freeze tiramisu. But I would advise putting it in a freezer safe dish. Pyrex says that freezing their products are absolutely fine. I say go for it. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. And thawed in the fridge. I would recommend to leave off the cocoa powder topping and then add that just before serving.

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Tips and Tricks

Tiramisu is seriously the EASIEST recipe to make. It doesn’t take much skill or cooking/baking experience. But I will say that every time I’ve come into a problem with tiramisu it’s because the filling ingredients are at various different temperatures.

In order to achieve a nice, smooth filling EVERYTHING needs to be cold. That way it all emulsifies well together. Not room temperature whatever you do. Straight from the fridge. Cold.

Substitutions

Mascarpone is an essential ingredient to Tiramisu and unfortunately there just isn’t a substitute.
Dark rum can be substituted for brandy, port, Irish Cream (like Baileys) or madeira. Obviously I love the flavor of rum the best.

How to Make Tiramisu Non-Alcoholic

Whether you don’t drink alcohol, don’t have it in your house OR you simply don’t like the flavor, no worries. I would suggest replacing it with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or leaving it out together.

If you make this recipe, let me know on Instagram!

Looking recipes to pair with tiramisu? Here are a few: 

Tiramisu Recipe

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5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8
Calories: 340kcal
This Tiramisu recipe consists of a sweet creamy mascarpone filling layered with espresso-dipped lady fingers and topped with a thick dusting of cocoa powder. 

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 4 large egg yolks, cold straight from the fridge
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, cold straight from the fridge (see note below for the brand)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces mascarpone , (from 2 containers) cold straight from the fridge (see below for note on the brand you're using)

For Assembly:

  • 1 3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee*
  • 24 lady fingers, (from a 7-ounce package)

For Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted for topping

Directions

To Prep:

  • You’ll need an 8x8-inch baking dish or a 2 quart dish of some kind.

To Make the Filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer fixed with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric hand mixer), add all of the ingredients.
  • Beat all of the ingredients together for 1 minute; scrape down the sides and then beat again for an additional minute, being sure NOT to over beat it. Stick to the two minutes total.

To Assemble the Tiramisu:

  • Grab your baking dish. Transfer the strongly brewed coffee to a medium and or small bowl. Working one at a time, quickly dip each lady finger into the coffee. Be sure to not over saturate the ladyfinger with the coffee because then they’ll get a bit too soggy. All you need is a quick dip into the coffee. Arrange the dipped ladyfingers in the baking dish, side by side. I ended up filling up the empty spaces by snapping some of the lady fingers into different lengths.
  • Add a few scoops of the filling on top and spread into a 1/4-inch thick layer. Add more filling if you need to.
  • Dip the remaining lady fingers in the coffee and arrange them so there are no gaps. Add the remaining filling on top and spread it into a nice and neat final layer. Cover the dish with plastic wrap so it hits the surface of the tiramisu; transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.

To Serve:

  • Remove the plastic wrap and discard. If the plastic wrap has left any indentations in the topping, you can always smooth it out with an offset spatula. Sift the cocoa powder on top, applying a generous coating of it. Wipe the rim of the baking dish and serve.
  • This isn’t the type of tiramisu that gives you perfect slices. It’s more of a scoopable type tiramisu.
  • if covered, this tiramisu lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

Brands of Mascarpone: 
If you're using Whole Foods brand of mascarpone, decrease the heavy cream to 1 tablespoon. A lot of people have said it's really runny. I haven't used it. But the mascarpone I use is always super thick. So if your mascarpone is thin and runny, definitely decrease the heavy cream amount. 
Tips on Texture:
In order to achieve a nice, smooth filling EVERYTHING needs to be cold. That way it all emulsifies well together. Not room temperature whatever you do. Straight from the fridge--cold. 
If the mixture is a bit runnier than what you see pictured, no worries. Proceed with assembling the recipe; the mixture with thicken as it chills overnight in the fridge. 
Substitutions:
Mascarpone is an essential ingredient to Tiramisu and unfortunately there just isn’t a substitute.Dark rum can be substituted for brandy, port, Irish Cream (like Baileys), madeira or masala wine. Obviously I love the flavor of rum the best.
Making this recipe non-alcoholic:
You can absolutely leave the alcohol out--no biggie. If you like, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. 
Using Espresso: 
Instead of strongly brewed coffee, you can mix 6 shots of espresso with 1 cup of water. 
Freezing Tiramisu:
You can freeze tiramisu. I would advise storing it in a freezer safe dish. Pyrex says that freezing their products are absolutely fine. Definitely cover it tightly with a lid and/or plastic wrap. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. And then thawed in the fridge. I would recommend to leave off the cocoa powder topping and then add that just before serving.
Equipment:
8x8-inch baking dish | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer | Silicon Spatulas | Offset Spatula | Stainless Steel Bowls |
CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican, Italian
Keywordauehtnic tiramisu recipe, tiramisu cake, tiramisu ingredients, tiramisu recipe
Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Sheila June 14, 2020 at 4:58 am

    5 stars
    Perfect. Have made it twice.

  • Reply Alina June 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Adriana!
    Would it be ok to make the filling ahead of time? Like a day in advance and then assemble the day after? I was going on a trip but don’t want to bring a mixer along. So was thinking I’d make the filling and just package it up then put it together the next day.

  • Reply Lexy June 8, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    This tiramisu turns out amazing and it is so easy and hassle-free to make! The taste is much better when the tiramisu is left overnight in the fridge instead of waiting the 3 hours. The patience is worth it in the end!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2020 at 9:55 am

      I agree! Everything is so much more combined and settled – glad you love it! 🙂

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