Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Classic Tiramisu

Growing up in an Italian family the word mangia, which means eat, was commonly heard. From homemade pastas and soups to decadent desserts, there was never a shortage of scrumptious goodies to be found that were a tribute to our heritage. 

As an adult one of my very favorite Italian desserts is tiramisu. A coworker of mine recently brought this no bake tiramisu to work. It was absolutely one of the best tiramisu recipes I had ever tasted, and when I found it was a no bake it was definitely for me.

3 egg yolks                       
½ Cup sugar
½ Cup milk
1 pk mascarpone cheese* (8oz)        
1 ¾ Cup heavy cream         
2 pk ladyfingers (3 oz each)   
1/3 Cup coffee liqueur (or brandied espresso**)
Unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish
Chocolate curls for garnish

1.   In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until lemon colored, about 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stir constantly, until mixture boils for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow cooling slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
2.   Add mascarpone cheese to yolk mixture, beat until smooth.
3.   Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
4.   Fold whipped cream into egg yolk mixture; set aside.
5.   Line bottom and side with ladyfinger halves. Brush with coffee liqueur.
6.   Spread one third of yolk-cream mixture over ladyfingers, repeat layers.
7.   Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls.
8.   Cover and refrigerate overnight or until it set. 

* Substitute for mascarpone cheese:  
Combine 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, ¼ cup sour cream and 2 table spoons whipping cream, mix until blended and fluffy.

** Brandied Espresso:
Combine 1/3 cup hot water and 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules. Stir until coffee is dissolved.  Blend in 1 teaspoon brandy.


  1. OMG delish!!! This is one of my favorite desserts and if this version is no-bake, I'm in!
    To make chocolate curls I use a Hershey bar and cheese grater! They're a must for tiramisu!

    1. Hillary this recipe is sinfully good. It is one of the best I have ever tasted!

  2. Sweet temptation... love tiramisu sooo much,

  3. Hmmm...easy enough. We love tiramisu in this house, as my husband is Italian. I really want to make this now, so thank you for the recipe.

  4. Yummy!!! Hope you're having a good day! xoxo