Tiramisu Original Italian Recipe

Tiramisu Original Italian Recipe was born in Treviso, a lovely town near Venice. Tiramisu, the most famous Italian dessert in the world, is delicious and easy to make. Follow the directions of this recipe and make the best Tiramisu you have ever eaten!

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s easy for you that live in Italy! But where do I find the mascarpone cheese? And what if I don’t eat eggs? ”

Well, the following recipe is the original tiramisu recipe, the one of the italian tradition, the one that we make on Sundays, the one that you will eat when you’ll come in Italy, made with eggs and mascarpone.

But I know it’s hard to find mascarpone in other countries and not everyone eats raw eggs.

So I’ll give you some tips to make an exceptional tiramisu even without those ingredients.

Some tricks and even if you live in Timbuktu you can make an excellent tiramisu! (that rhymes! ;-D)

Meanwhile I’ll give you the recipe to prepare the coffee mascarpone cream without using eggs. You can eat it in bowls or in little cups made of chocolate cookies, as explained in the recipe. Or you can use it to make tiramisu. A variant. It’s delicious! You find it here.

Tiramisu Original Italian Recipe

Prep Time: 30 Min
Rest Time: 3 Hr


  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 little cups of expresso
  • 2 tablespoons of rum or marsala (optional)
  • 250g (1/2 lb) of mascarpone
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 30 Savoiardi ladyfingers


Let’s start now with Tiramisu Original Italian Recipe

tiramisu original italian recipe prep 123First of all, make the coffee and add two tablespoons/1 little glass of rum (optional) (1) then let it cool.
Separate egg whites from yolks (2), then in a bowl, beat egg yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar (3) using an electric mixer until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

tiramisu original italian recipe

Add marscarpone a little bit at a time (4) and beat the cream slowly with the electric mixer (5). Meantime, in another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff (6).

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Add the egg whites to the mascarpone cream and mix slowly (7). Then dip Savoiardi Ladyfingers quickly into the coffee, for 1 sec (8). IMPORTANT! Cookies should not engage too much coffee, otherwise your Tiramisu will turn out too soggy. Arrange them in a layer in the bottom of a pan (9).

tiramisu original italian recipe

Spread half of the mascarpone cream on top of the ladyfingers (10). Top with another layer of dipped ladyfingers (11). Finally spread the remaining mascarpone cream on top of the last layer of the ladyfingers. Sprinkle with cocoa powder (12).

Let rest a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.

If I have dinner guests, I sometimes prefer to serve tiramisu in small bowls. Très chic. Here’s how to do it

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Arrange two half of dipped Savoiardi ladyfingers in glass cup (13). Spread mascarpone cream on top (14) and sprinkle with cocoa powder (15).

Tiramisu, Some Tips and Variants


When talking about mascarpone, one refers to a very famous cheese, especially in Northern Italy. It differs from most other cheeses because it’s not obtained directly from milk but from its cream. It has a color that is usually between white snow and straw yellow; Regarding the flavor, however, is very delicate, slightly tending to the sweet.

As I said before, the original Italian Tiramisu recipe is made with mascarpone. However, there are some variants without mascarpone

To prepare a delicious tiramisu without using mascarpone among the ingredients, it’s necessary to change the cream recipe. How so? Let’s see:

As an alternative to mascarpone, you can use:

  • cream cheese;
  • fresh ricotta cheese;
  • heavy cream for desserts, vegetal or vaccine.

By employing one of these ingredients, or combining them according to your preferences, you can prepare a cream for your tiramisu, different from the traditional but just as exquisite.

For example, if you want to prepare a less caloric but still tasty tiramisu, you can mix light cream cheese and ricotta cheese.

For a softer and sweeter cream, use cream cheese and whipped heavy cream.

IMPORTANT! For 250g (1/2 lb) of cream, use the same ingredients, but, after adding 2 tablespoons of sugar, taste to figure out whether it is sweet enough or not.

Chantilly Cream

Another alternative to mascarpone cheese could be the Chantilly cream, which can be prepared very easily at home. Use heavy cream (cold, taken directly from the fridge) and icing sugar (even better if vanilla flavoured). The acing sugar can be chosen according to taste in a dose that can vary between 125 and 250 grams per liter of cream. Whip the cream with an electric mixer. Add the sugar and mix. Proceed by following the recipe without adding 4 spoons of sugar, because the chantilly cream is already sweet.


Not everybody likes eggs, especially raw ones, so here’s how to make tiramisu without eggs. 

In place of the eggs use 200ml of heavy cream, whip the cream until stiff and add it to mascarpone little at a time. Proceed by following the recipe.

Tiramisu Original Italian Recipe Ingredients Box

Prep Time: 30 mins
Rest Time: 3 hr
Yields: 6
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 little cups of expresso
  • 2 tablespoons of rum or marsala (optional)
  • 1 cup of mascarpone (or 1/2 lb)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 30 Savoiardi ladyfingers


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