Best-ever tiramisu

Best-ever tiramisu

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

This super-simple Italian dessert actually benefits from being made ahead, allowing all the lovely flavours to mingle

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
853
protein
5g
carbs
44g
fat
73g
saturates
42g
fibre
0g
sugar
35g
salt
0.25g

Ingredients

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml marsala
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

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Method

  1. Put the cream, mascarpone, Marsala and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.
  2. Get your serving dish ready. Put the coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few secs until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.
  3. Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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rpsico's picture
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Great! great recipe!!!!!! ps: I didnt use the marsala but didnt make any difference!

salica63's picture

This dessert is so easy and quick everybody that eats it think is
Fab you can t go wrong for a dinner party ..

alexcooles's picture
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It's a cheat tiramisu, yes. But it really is gorgeous! Really easy to make and I had enough ingredients to make THREE! I'm used to having Waitrose tiramisu, which is very different. But I think I preper this recipe as it has a wider range of flavours and textures. I will deffo be making this again :)

hrmoroney's picture
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Easy to make and tastes amazing!!

victoriacambridge's picture
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So easy and I used kahlua, a Mexican coffee liqueur and drambuie, because I'm a bodger of a cook, and it was sublime. I think it was the best "pick me up" I've ever tasted!

ruxana's picture
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I couldn't wait to try this recipe...but with all honesty it was just too too much cream! I will try making it the traditional way next time with the eggs.

vickerswife's picture

I loved this recipe.I am not normally a pudding eater or maker but tried this out for a dinner party. Made it the night before, which means less stress on the night of the party, and everyone loved it. I had quite a bit of the cream mixture left over so used as the filling, with jam, in a victoria sandwich...

sarahmaynard's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I was worried because some of the comments were negative about this recipe....everyone said it was the best tiramisu they'd ever had! I added a touch more Marsala than the recipe called for....yummy!

newdawn60's picture
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I made this but was dissapointed. I didnt use any alcohol. I used instant coffee in water. I must have done something wrong because it tasted dreadful. Any ideas please.

sabholland's picture
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I have to agree with earlier comments. This is not 'proper' Tiramisu. The cream makes the mixture too sloppy and the flavour too insipit. In future I will always make it the traditional way using only Mascarpone and eggs! It still is an easy desert to make.

sarahelliott's picture
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I made this for a family party which included kids and old people. I doubled the booze, as didn't think it strong enough with just 75ml. It made loads enough for 10 people. It was great as no raw eggs which are risky for some members of my family. I would recommend this - easy to make.

franzie's picture
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This is hardly a Tiramisu! As an Italian I am quite irratated at this recipe being described as the 'Best Ever Tiramisu'! Where are the eggs and why use cream?? Mamma Mia........ ;-)

hettyg's picture
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I made this for a party and substituted the marsala for ameretto it was delicious a real hit will definitly make it again!

jburton's picture
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Oh boy this is to die for. I couldnt get Masala wine so i used what i had in the house. I had a little bit of Brandy, Pale cream sherry and a bit of my Salterne. A bit of an unusal mix maybe but it worked a treat. I also added a bit of all of these to the coffee part aswell as the cream. Yummy!!

simmyb's picture
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I've made this a couple of times and I agree it isn't an authentic tiramisu but it is very tasty, quick and easy to make. I had a dinner party for about 13 people including a couple of hardcore tiramisu fans and this was one of two deserts I made, everyone thought it was delicious! I used Sherry as that was all I had to hand and kept in the fridge for 24 hrs before serving to allow all the flavours to mingle.

dwynwyn's picture
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Really and honestly does exactly what it says on the tin.

sookypooky's picture
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I made individual versions of this in small glasses. It went down very well though in future I would use less of the cream mixture and increase the proportion of the coffee soaked biscuits as it was just a little too rich! Very very tasty though and my guests all enjoyed it and had no idea it was so easy!

imabadpixie's picture
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I totally agree with some comments, i.e that it should be called 'cheats' Tiramisu' however if we forget about the name of the recipe then actually this is delicious! I made for a dinner party (6 guests) but had to make my own sponge fingers as one of my guests had a wheat allergy (this was effort but rather yummy).. the cream mixture is really easy although i added probably double the masarla and also needed about double the coffee... i have given 5 stars because it really was scrummy and kept very nicely. I will do keep this in mind in future for parties and am planning to use the cream mix as the topping of a triffle soon!

lucuma's picture
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I wouldn't call it "Best-ever tiramisú", although it's a good recipe. The original, traditional Italian Tiramisú, which contains eggs is much better.
As I said before, I liked this recipe, very rich and would easily serve 8 people. I prepared it the night before we went to visit a friend and it was delicious. It doesn't taste good if left in the fridge another night as it becomes dry with a cheesy consistency.
I used sherry instead of marsala and it was fine.

lucuma's picture
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I wouldn't call it "Best-ever tiramisú", although it's a good recipe. The original, traditional Italian Tiramisú, which contains eggs is much better.
As I said before, I liked this recipe, very rich and would easily serve 8 people. I prepared it the night before we went to visit a friend and it was delicious. It doesn't taste good if left in the fridge another night as it becomes dry with a cheesy consistency.
I used sherry instead of marsala and it was fine.

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