How to Make Tiramisu!! Classic Italian Dessert Recipe

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Learn how to make tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert! Layers of a decadent mascarpone cheese mixture and lady fingers soaked in espresso and Kahlua. Dessert doesn’t get any better than this!!

What you’ll need:
6 oz water
2 rounded tsp instant espresso powder
50mL Kahlua
6 large egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz mascarpone cheese
(2) 3.5oz boxes Lady Finger cookies
unsweetened cocoa powder

In a small bowl, bring water to a boil and add in espresso powder. Whisk until dissolved and add in Kahlua. Set aside to cool.

In a double boiler or bain marie, combine egg yolks, sugar and milk. While whisking constantly, cook for 8-10 minutes to cook the egg yolks. Mixture should be smooth but not all sugar will dissolve. This is okay. Set aside and let cool. Once cool, transfer to a large bowl and add in room temperature mascarpone cheese. Mix well until smooth.

In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, combine heavy cream and vanilla and mix on medium-high speed until a stiff whipped cream is made. Be careful as to not mix too long or you’ll get butter. Add to cooled egg and mascarpone mixture and fold gently to incorporate.

To assemble the tiramisu, dunk lady fingers into espresso mixture for 2-3 seconds and line the bottom of a 9″x9″ baking dish with them. Spread half of mascarpone mixture on top, repeat another layer of soaked lady fingers and then spread remainder of mascarpone mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate for AT LEAST 8 hours! It’s best to let sit 24-48 hours. To serve, slice and plate and dust the top with unsweetened cocoa powder. Makes 9 servings. Enjoy!!

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30 COMMENTS

  1. I must be a shit in cooking, I just missed the moment when we have to whisk egg yolk with the sugar, I think I let the mixture too long warm and my fucking sugar became like caramel

  2. Thank you for the recipe. Made this yest and it came out really well for my first attempt. I think my dish size was big so felt the cream quantity wasn't enough… that's the only change I will make next time. I also reduced the sugar quantity after reading all the comments. Only used 1/2 cup brown sugar and that was more than enough sweet for me.

  3. So I made this successfully! It tasted great however my younger siblings and I all thought it was a bit on the sweet side. I would definitely still make this again just maybe cut the sugar or figure out how to balance the sweetness(not sure if I can though)

  4. wowwww. This looks absolutely divine. Crouton Crackerjacker, you are going PLACES. I love that you used mascarpone cheese and not that nasty CHeaP CReaM CHeEsE… YUCK. I am in awe of your culinary skills. Giving this video a PHAT thumbs up and a merry subscribe ! Keep up the great work John

  5. It loooks yummilicious….You may b right about mascropne cheese,if you only want residents of developed countries to make ur dishes…but if you want to have universal followers kindly accept some substitutes for ingredients….as this cheese n lady fingers r not avl in my part of world so I substitute them with cake rusk n cheese cream spread…altho I know that that recepi dont remain authentic

  6. Tried it exactly as this recipe recommends. Taste is PERFECT.
    Texture: sugar stayed a bit too granular for me and I will use slighty less than a cup next time and a tad bit more whipped cream.
    Also, I dunked the lady fingers to splash IN and OUT super fast.
    Great tasting recipe 100%

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