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Creating Italy's Favorite Dessert, Tiramisu

Updated on February 13, 2016

Rating for This Tiramisu Recipe

5 stars from 1 rating of Tiramisu

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A Little Slice of Heaven

We visited Italy with my parents back in the day when we were living in Stuttgart, Germany and my husband Bill was working for Porsche as an automotive designer. Italy was within reach by driving south through France and taking the Mont Blanc Tunnel which bored through the heart of that great mountain and dumped you into Italy. We had a wonderful trip in our little VW beetle, and my parents really let their hair down and enjoyed themselves too. They were both quite sober sided in America, but being in Europe gave them permission to loosen up. We stayed in a stone mountain hotel in Aosta on the top floor which was about the 4th floor. Our rooms were across the hallway from each other. Every time we opened our door to talk to each other across the hall, the wind from the mountains swept through the room and slammed the other door shut. We all started laughing. The rooms didn't have bathrooms in them, but rather there was one bathroom on each floor of the hotel at the end of the hall.. Then my Mom managed to lock herself into the bathroom The door locked with a skeleton key, and she couldn't get it to work when she wanted to get out. My Dad, who was always very serious and rarely laughed at anything was lying on the floor of the hallway holding his sides he was laughing so hard. There was a tiny opening up in the wall in the bathroom for ventilation, and my Mom managed to throw the key out through it. My Dad got the key and let her out. Fun times, fun memories.

When we went out to dinner that night we were all enjoying Italy so much. I don't recall what we had for our main course, but we all had Tiramisu for dessert, and that was unforgettable.

I hope you will make this wonderful concoction and it will help you create some wonderful memories with your friends and family.

Preparation Time

Preparation Time: 45 Minutes

Chilling Time: At least two hours


  • 6 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 3/4 heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packages ladyfingers (12 oz)
  • 1/4 cup coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, for dusting top
  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler over boiling water. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip mixture until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add Mascarpone to mixture. Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  3. Split the lady fingers in half and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon one third of the cream filling over the bottom lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, liqueur and filling layers two more times.
  4. Dust top with cocoa. Refrigerate at least two hours.


Please let us know what you think when you make this delicious dessert.

Anne Jantz


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