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Classic Tiramisu

Ayushi Gupta-Mehra
A coffee-flavoured Italian dessert luxuriating in layers of creamy mascarpone cheese. This timeless classic literally translates to pick-me-up in Italian! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 300 g mascarpone
  • 300 ml strong coffee
  • 300 g lady fingers
  • Cocoa powder (for dusting)


  • Put a layer of finger biscuits at the bottom of a dish.
  • Gently pour coffee over the biscuits, until the biscuits are soft but there is no excess coffee floating in the dish.
  • Separate the eggs into two bowls: whites in one, and yolks in the other.
  • Add the sugar to the egg-whites and using an electronic whisk, beat until the mixture is firm and you can tip it upside-down without it falling out of the bowl.
  • Add the mascarpone to the egg yolks and use a hand whisk to mix them together, until there are no lumps.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the yolks and mascarpone, one spoonful at a time. Repeat until there are no lumps.
  • Pour the mascarpone mixture over the finger biscuits.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or until the mix has set.
  • Dust with cocoa powder to serve.
Keyword classic tiramisu recipe