Tiramisù: The Best Italian Dessert!

Sara Provenzano

Sara Provenzano is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Italy).
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Tiramisù is the Italian dessert par excellence, a masterpiece, and it’s very easy to make since all you need are just four main ingredients: mascarpone, eggs, Savoiardi (biscuits) and coffee.  In some variations the cream is also flavored with Marsala liquor.

The dessert’s origins are often disputed between the following Italian regions: Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Tuscany.


To prepare it according to the original recipe you need the following ingredients (for 6 people):

  • 3 Eggs
  • 300g of Mascarpone
  • 120g of Sugar
  • 20 Savoidardi Biscuits
  • 1 Cup of Coffee
  • Salt
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

The original shape of the cake is round, although the shape of ladyfingers favors the use of a rectangular or a square-shaped baking dish, promoting the classic image that looks like a “tile”.

However, it is often also prepared inside a round glass, which actually shows the various layers.

The cake is usually eaten cold, right after keeping it in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Please note, over time some of the ingredients were replaced – mainly coffee, and numerous other versions were born, such as: tiramisu with chocolate, strawberry, amaretto, berry, lemon, pineapple, yogurt, banana, raspberry, coconut and even beer.

A Glass of Tiramisù

A Glass of Tiramisù


To begin preparing Tiramisù  – start with breaking the eggs and separating the yolks from the whites.

Mix the egg yolks with sugar, keeping 2 teaspoons aside, and work on it until the mixture looks frothy and light.

Then add mascarpone to the whipped egg yolks, using a spoon, and whisk the mixture by hand until it becomes smooth and homogeneous.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites until stiff with a pinch of salt using an electric mixer and then add it to the cream, stirring from the bottom up.

To make the Tiramisù base, mix half of Savoiardi with sweetened coffee and arrange it in a baking dish, one after another.

Pour half of the cream to an even level, with a spatula and pulverize it with cocoa.

Sprinkle the remaining biscuits with coffee and arrange them in the baking pan, then complete it by adding the remaining cream.

Sprinkle the cake with cocoa and place it in a fridge until ready to serve, for at least two hours.

Before serving, sprinkle the cake with cocoa powder.

Try it and let me know how it tastes!

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