Italian tiramisu: the 'cheer me up' recipe

Tiramisu: the cheer me up recipe of the Italian dessert

Italians are not only pasta and pizza; they also have incredible desserts like the no-bake Tiramisu. Its name means ‘cheer me up’ and that’s exactly what happens when we have a bite of this coffee-flavoured dessert.

You might not be able to walk the streets of Italy this summer, but you surely can have a piece of its sweet cuisine in your own kitchen with this easy recipe.


For the dip:
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 10 ladyfingers
For the zabaglione:
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (chilled)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese
  • cocoa powder


  1. Put on your French Press to work, grab some ladyfingers, and get ready for this one. In a small, shallow dish stir together the coffee, powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of the brandy. Set this aside, this is the mixture where you’ll soak the ladyfingers.
  2. Next, let’s make the zabaglione: add the egg yolks and granulated sugar in a medium bowl that you can fit over a pan of simmering water.
  3. Set the bowl over barely simmering water (do not boil it!) and beat continuously until it reaches 160 degrees. Once it has reached the temperature, remove the zabaglione from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Finally, stir in a tablespoon of brandy.
  4. Meanwhile, in another bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and beat to mix it.
  5. Once the zabaglione has cooled for 10 minutes, beat in the mascarpone and add the whipped cream.
  6. Once your zabaglione is made, the final steps to make a tiramisu dessert are easy: dip each ladyfinger in the coffee, sugar and brandy mixture, layer in a glass with the zabaglione, and sprinkle unsweetened cocoa powder between each layer.
  7. Cover it and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Try this easy recipe at home and let us know what you think!

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