Best-ever tiramisu

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling


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: per serving

  • kcal853
  • fat73g
  • saturates42g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 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 finger
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder


  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.

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Comments (119)

dancehoney's picture

I made this but edited it a little bit Put 300ml of double cream instead of 568ml (It still made plenty of servings!), I used Coffee liqueur instead of Marsala, I put 80ml in the cream and about 60ml in the coffee mixture then reduced the coffee and liqueur before dipping the biscuits in. With a bit of tweeking this recipe is great and You don't have to put raw egg in which is a major plus for me, also no sugar syrups which really helps when washing up after!

iloveitaly12's picture

I am Italian and you use an egg in tiramisu and if you don't you are a cheat.

iloveitaly12's picture

I am Italian and you use an egg in tiramisu and if you don't you are a cheat.

sunslide's picture

This is great - I used amareto instead of Marsala. Brown Vanilla sugar instead of caster; used strong espresso 500ml. and flakes from
Charbonnel and Walker. Try it with a cadbury's flake.

daphnemacfarlane's picture

Very successful recipe, I doubled the quantities for part of a buffet for 35 . Have been asked by quite a few for the recipe. Have now made again for New Year party.

lisldiesel's picture

Very easy and great tasting cream. Yes lots of cream left over if you only do two layers. I simply added more layers, which looked great in a glass container. Will def make again :)

jolleym's picture

I made this recipe for a party in the summer and everyone enjoyed it. So much so that I'm making it again for new year. It may not be authentic Italian but its still very good.

laurabee's picture

Needed more sponge fingers than the recipe stated. Was delicious though and everyone enjoyed it. Would def make again :D

halifaxlady's picture

So quick and easy to make, delicious.

jan1wilson's picture

i added a touch of brandy to the coffee mix lovely!!!

jrustrick's picture

Not fantastic. Marsala was better infused with the coffee in the sponge fingers. Definitely worth the effort to make proper tiramisu with eggs.

bored_girl's picture

It was easy enough to make. But it was way too heavy. Both my boyfriend and I couldn't finish our poeces and they were quite a small size. It kind of put me off for the rest of the dessert and it's a big dish so it will probably go to waste. It was also quite expensive to make (expensive to South African standards).

jenniferlouisebrown's picture

Made this for my Italian friends and they didn't know the difference! Great recipe!

lizcoock80's picture

Made it the night before as per other suggestions. Was really more-ish but is a cheat's dessert.

helliecopter's picture

Tastes nice. It's ok if you've got guests who can't eat egg, but it's not proper tiramisu, so I agree with other comments that calling it 'best ever' is a bit of a porker! Quick, easy, yes...but tiramisu it ain't!

soxno1's picture

ive made this tiramisu on several occasions and its lovely i used marsala wine you have to mix the wine in with the coffee to give it more flavour and use cocoa powder its better than chocolate chunks and its better left till the next day

chops1979's picture

perfectly fantastic for a beginer like me .

margaretorton's picture

I made this in individual glasses and it looked pretty and tasted great. I changed one thing though - I soaked some cherries in amaretto and added them to the layers. Maybe it was not 'the best tiramisu' but it was certainly a very easy and tasty dessert.

rpsico's picture

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 ..


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