Rich, creamy and sinfully delicious, tiramisu has moved beyond its native Italy to take the whole world by storm. There is no one authentic tiramisu recipe, as in Italy you will come across countless versions. Some are thick and set like a trifle, others have a light and almost runny custard on top of the soaked sponge. What they all have in common is a strong espresso coffee to soak the sponge and a mascarpone custard to provide the richness.
This tiramisu recipe builds up layers of coffee sponge and mascarpone custard for a sumptuous dessert with the true Italian flavour, and is guaranteed to delight your dinner guests.
Recipe for Tiramisu
3 cups of strong espresso coffee, cooled
6 tablespoons Marsala, Amaretto or Italian coffee liqueur
3 tablespoons caster sugar
2 eggs separated
250 ml /1 cup whipped cream
250g / 8oz mascarpone cheese
1 packet sponge finger biscuits / savoiardi
cocoa powder to dust.
Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until they are pale and thick (about 3 minutes).
Beat in the mascarpone until well mixed in. Fold in the whipped cream gently with a metal spoon.
Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form soft peaks. Fold them gently into the mascarpone cream. Add 3 tablespoons of the liqueur you have chosen, folding it in carefully so as not to lose the volume.
Put the cold coffee in a bowl with the rest of the liqueur. Dip each biscuit into the liquid for a couple of seconds on each side, without letting it get soggy. Place them into the bottom of the serving dish you will be using. Use half the biscuits for the bottom layer and keep the rest for the next layer.
Spread half of the cream over the biscuits and then make another layer of soaked biscuits. Spread with cream again and level it off. Sprinkle with a dusting of cocoa powder. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving for the flavours to develop and the mascarpone custard to thicken.
Tiramisu Recipe Variations
Some recipes add a layer of grated dark chocolate on top of the cream.
If you don’t want to use any liqueur in your tiramisu, add the same quantity of strong coffee to the custard for flavouring.
Feel like indulging in tiramisu now without waiting to prepare it? Head out to one of the fine Italian Restaurants in Nottingham to see how the Italians make tiramisu.