Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu Recipe

The name of this classic dessert translates as "Pick Me Up", which is said to derive from the fact that it is so good that it literally makes you swoon when you eat it.

Ingredients : (Serves 4)

225 g/8 oz/1 cup mascarpone cheese

25 g/1 oz/ cup icing (confectioners') sugar, sifted

150 ml/ pint strong brewed coffee, chilled

300 ml/ pint cups double (heavy) cream

45 ml/3 tablespoons coffee liqueur

115 g/4 oz sponge finger biscuits (cookies)

50 g/2 oz dark (bittersweet) or plain (semisweet) chocolate, grated cocoa powder, for dusting

Method :

Lightly grease and line a 900 g/2 lb loaf tin (pan) with clear film (plastic wrap). Put the mascarpone and sugar in a large bowl and beat for 1 minute. Stir in 30 ml/2 tablespoons of the coffee and mix well. Whip the cream with 15 ml/1 tablespoon of the liqueur until it forms soft peaks. Stir a spoonful into the mascarpone, then fold in the rest. Spoon half the mixture into the loaf tin and smooth the top.


Put the remaining strong brewed coffee and liqueur in a shallow dish just wider than the biscuits, dip one side of each biscuit into the coffee mixture, then arrange on top of the mascarpone mixture in a single layer. Spoon the rest of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuit layer and smooth the top.


Dip the remaining biscuits in the coffee mixture and arrange on top. Drizzle any remaining coffee mixture over the top. Cover the dish with clear film and chill for at least 4 hours. Carefully turn the tiramisu out of the loaf tin and sprinkle with grated chocolate and cocoa powder; serve cut into slices.


Cook's Tip: Mascarpone is a silky textured, soft, thick cream cheese, originally from Lombardy, and made with cows' milk.

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